A Formal Appetizer for ANY Occasion

Well, I’m so glad to be back.  I’ve been away due to illness. I was close to getting pneumonia and was really down and out. Thank goodness for Rx!!

Before I was too ill, I created and entered an appetizer video to the RWOP (Real Women of Philadelphia) Season 2 Video Contest. Below is the entry and the recipe.

Formal Mediterranean Salad Squares 

With ingredients that would be used in a Mediterranean salad, this appetizer lends so many wonderful Mediterranean flavors. The spread, containing ingredients that would be used in a dressing includes notes of lemon and red bell pepper with the creaminess of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Not only is it easy to create, your guests will think you hired a caterer. Everyone needs an appetizer that can be served at a multitude of events. This one is a winner for any event.

Such a great, tasty appetizer! Hope you Enjoy!

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Formal Mediterranean Salad Squares

Yields: 24 – 26 appetizers 10 – 12 Servings

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes

Total time: 42 minutes


13.8oz. can pizza dough

1 teaspoon dried basil


8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature

2 Tablespoons olive oil

3 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/3 cup red bell pepper, minced and strained


2 handfuls, or more mixed salad greens, chopped

14oz. can or 5-7 marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

2 avocados, halved, pitted and coarsely chopped

2/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped

8oz. package Kraft® Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a Touch of PHILADELPHIA


Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray or grease a 13×9-inch dark or nonstick cookie sheet.

Unroll dough on cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out dough into 13×9-inch rectangle. Sprinkle basil evenly over dough. Prick dough all over with fork. Bake for 8 minutes in center rack in preheated oven.

While dough bakes, combine spread ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer or blender, if necessary.

Remove dough from oven. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over dough. Top with greens, artichokes, avocados and olives; sprinkle with cheeses. Return pan to oven and bake 6-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Cut into 1-1/2 to 2-inch squares. Serve warm.

Tip:Do all steps up to sprinkling with mozzarella cheese. Cover pan with foil and refrigerate until time to bake the remaining 6-8 minutes. Or take to an event and then bake and serve.


About amrecipes

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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6 Responses to A Formal Appetizer for ANY Occasion

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  2. Angie Walker says:

    This sounds and looks amazing. I thought I would let you know, I am just now getting around to trying the cooking cremes. I have made Santa Fe chicken, and savory garlic potato soup. I have another idea in mind to use the savory garlic creme. I want to try it on sweet corn (corn on the cob). I will be fixing that for dinner tonight. Oh and, I entered your give-away….

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