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Grilled Pesto French Bread

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 16

A fantastic pairing with an Italian meal, this warm loaf is ready to enjoy in 20 minutes. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup refrigerated basil pesto
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
loaf (1 lb) French bread, halved crosswise, split lengthwise
Chopped tomatoes, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small microwavable bowl, microwave cream cheese on High 15 to 20 seconds; stir until creamy. Stir in pesto and butter until well mixed.
  • 2
    When grill is heated, place bread pieces, cut side down, on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill over medium coals. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 3
    Turn bread halves over. Spread pesto mixture evenly on cut sides of bread; cover grill. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Cut bread into 2-inch sections to serve. Garnish with tomatoes.

Expert Tips

  • Make Bruschetta by sprinkling chopped firm tomatoes, such as Italian plum, over the pesto mixture before or after grilling.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
15%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
270mg
11%
Potassium
55mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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