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Starting with football season and rounding that corner into the Holidays, we find ourselves on appetizer overload. Small bites, dips, chips, spreads and cheeses. We’re officially in hand held snacking mode. This past week I had the opportunity to partner with Mezzetta Marinara Sauces. Have you tried them? If not, put them on your list for you next trip to the grocery store. They offer so many unique flavor combos, check it our at their site.
Cheese dips and spreads seem to be the king of appetizer table so pairing Mezzetta Plum Tomato Marinara with some baked cheese and a baguette came together for this Italian appetizer recipe.
This three cheese blend is baked in marinara, topped with pesto and is heavenly served with a sliced baguette or crackers. The creamy cheese combo consists of peppered goat cheese, cream cheese and herbed cheese…a masterpiece once all ingredients are combined.
The list of ingredients in this Italian Plum Tomato Marinara sauce is very simple: tomatoes, olive oil, onions, salt, garlic, pepper, spices and basil. That’s it! You’ve got to love an ingredient list where you can pronounce all the words. And if you’ve been looking for a sugar-free marinara sauce, your search is over.
At Mezzetta they search the world to find the best ingredients for every product they sell. When it comes to their marinara, they know that the best tomatoes are grown in the sun-drenched soils of the San Marzano region of Italy – so that is where they source every single tomato for their ultra-premium marinara.
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Now that you’ve entered the sweepstakes, let’s get back to this appetizer recipe. This steamy baked ball of cheesy cheesy goodness is ready to top with your favorite pesto sauce.
Slice some bread and dig in.
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 4 ounces peppered goat cheese room temperature
- 5.2 ounce package of Boursin garlic and herb cheese room temperature
- 1 jar Mezzetta Italian Plum Tomato Delicate Marinara
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup pesto
- sliced baguette for serving
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl combine the cheeses and mix well until combined. In an oven proof baking dish, pour the bottle of Mezzetta marinara in the bottom. For the cheese into a ball and place in the sauce. Sprinkle with the crushed red pepper flakes and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with the pesto sauce and serve with sliced bread or crackers.