Layered Christmas Cheese Loaf
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2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons milk
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 cups lightly packed fresh parsley, stems removed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
French bread slices to serve
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and milk until smooth. Set aside. In a blender or food processor, combine spinach, parsley, walnuts, vegatable oil, lemon juice, garlic, basil, and oregano. Process until smooth. Add Parmesan cheese and blend thoroughly. Line a 8x4x2-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. Spread one-third of the cream cheese mixture evenly in the bottom of the pan.
Top with half of the spinach mixture, spreading evenly. Repeat the layers, ending with the cream cheese mixture.
Cover and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Unmold and carefully remove the plastic wrap. Garnish as desired and serve with slices of French bread. Makes 35 to 40 servings.