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Spinach Pesto Cheese Ball

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  1. Toast pine nuts until golden brown on a baking dish in a preheated 325-degree oven, 6-8 minutes, or in a dry skillet, stirring constantly. Remove to a plate and let cool.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add spinach and basil; cook 3 minutes, until tender (or place in a microwave-safe dish, lightly cover with plastic wrap and cook on high 2 minutes). Drain in a colander; rinse under cold water. Press to extract excess moisture.
  3. Place spinach, basil, 1 cup Parmesan, shredded cheese blend, cream cheese, garlic and pepper to taste in food processor fitted with a metal blade; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan, parsley and pine nuts on a plate. Moisten your hands with water; roll the cheese mixture into a ball. Roll in the nut mixture to coat.

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