Pesto Dip

As soon as I tasted my first bite of this Pesto Dip at a Memorial Day party recently, I knew I’d be making this at home!  My friend, JoEllyn, generously gave me the recipe and permission to share it with you!  Be very glad she did:)
This Pesto Dip is a crowd-pleaser and is full of fabulous flavor and color!  You can purchase store-bought pesto or make your own.  (I’ve provided a link to our favorite Fresh Basil Pesto).  

Pesto Dip

1 block cream cheese, softened 
Fresh Basil Pesto or 1 jar store-bought Pesto
Grape tomatoes, cut small (I used about 15)
1 1/2 cups Seasoned Croutons, coarsely crushed (Texas Toast brand is good).  Measure croutons BEFORE crushing.  Crush in ziploc bag with rolling pin for easy cleanup.
Olive Oil, optional

Pita Chips, such as Simply Naked Pita Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread softened cream cheese into regular-sized pie plate.  Spread it up the sides like a “crust.”  Spread Pesto over cream cheese.  Sprinkle chopped tomatoes evenly over the Pesto.  Then sprinkle crushed croutons over the tomatoes.  Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, if desired.  I skipped the olive oil since the Fresh Basil Pesto has plenty already.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until croutons are browned.  
Serve with Pita Chips.
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  1. I love pesto … this sounds fantabulous! Yummmm! Pinned!

  2. This looks insane! I cannot wait to make this for my next party!

  3. Oh, my GOODNESS! This looks unbelievable. My mouth is watering like crazy!! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to make this!


  4. I’m sending this to my parents. They make their own pesto. So I know they will love this.

  5. I just copied down the recipe, it looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Looks delicious! Hope to try it soon. Megan

  7. Came across your post over at Jam Hands Recipe Sharing Monday and I’m so glad I clicked! This recipe sounds wonderful and would be something fun and different to have at a get together. Pinned!

  8. This recipe was great! I changed it a little and used bruschetta in place of regular tomatoes. I thought it added a different flavor.


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