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Basil, Lemon and Pinenut Dip

Serves 6


  • 125g Australian reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 3 teaspoons toasted pinenuts
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 24 crackers, for serving
  • fresh vegetables, for serving
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  1. 1. Place cheese, basil, nuts, garlic, rind and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth and combined. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until required.
  2. 2. Serve dip with crackers and fresh vegetables.

Tips / Handy Hints

This is a simple and delicious dip to serve at a party. Try using the leftovers as a sandwich spread. Dinner Tip! Creamy Chicken Filo Parcels: Spread 1 tablespoon of this dip over half a skinless chicken breast, top with slices of mushroom, wrap in 3 layers of filo pastry, like a parcel. Spray lightly with olive oil and bake for 35-30 minutes until golden and chicken is cooked through.

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serve:
Energy (kj) 602
Protein (g) 5.9
Fat, Total (g) 3.8
Saturated (g) 2.3
Carbohydrates (g) 17
Sugars (g) 16.9
Dietry Fibre (g) 1.4
Sodium (mg) 90
Calcium (mg) 209
Iron (mg) 0.6


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