Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sundried Tomato Pesto Torte

This recipe came from a professional caterer...and has become a favorite in my kitchen. It is easy to make, very tasty, and serves up nicely.

Ingredients:
  • 1-250 gram package cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Club House Garlic and Red Pepper Seasoning (or your favorite brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (oil-packed, rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup homemade or store bought pesto
Method:
  1. Beat Cream cheese until soft; add seasonings and parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  2. Spray a small round bowl (about 2 cup size) with Pam, and line with plastic wrap, making sure edges overhang.
  3. Place 1/3 cream cheese mixture in bottom of bowl...pressing to form to bowl.
  4. Top with pesto.
  5. Spread another 1/3 cream cheese mixture over pesto...smoothing as much as possible.
  6. Spread with chopped sundried tomatoes.
  7. Top with remaining cream cheese, smoothing surface and pressing down gently.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
To serve:
  1. Remove top plastic wrap and place bowl upside down on serving plate.
  2. Remove bowl...holding firmly to remaining plastic wrap.
  3. Remove remaining plastic wrap.
  4. Serve with crackers or bread.

10 comments:

  1. Oh yum! I'll have to make this for my husband's toasted bagels!

    Thanks for another winner!

    Chris
    P.S. 250 grams of cream cheese is a little over 8 oz. correct?

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  2. OH YUM INDEED! Wish I had had this recipe for our New Year's Eve party...must try it out at our next party.

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  3. This is new to me, but one I will keep in mind. It looks delicious! Kathy (MGCC)

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  4. An easy way to "bump it up a notch" with WOW factor is to make the first layer with provolone,more dried tomatoes and some green bell pepper.

    Just line the plastic with one layer of provolone. Using some of the tomato and bell pepper (or other green stuff), form little flowers with stems around the sides or even just make one right on top - don't forget to orient them so they will be upright when the torte is un-bowled.

    The slices will soften and the "flowers" will show through with a soft stained-glass effect.

    Move your nice interesting cheese ball up to an impressive exciting and unusual cheese torte!

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  5. This looks great Judy!! Thanks for sharing...

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  6. I make something very similar and it's very festive for the holidays with the green and red colors. and so easy to do ahead---always gets rave reviews.

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  7. Oh this was so delicious. .a perfect appy addition. I`ll be making it soon.

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  8. This sounds tasty indeed, a different offering for the appetizer-buffet table. Good find and share!!

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  9. Bev, I enjoyed this very much, the other night! I kept going back for more crackers and spread.

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  10. I used this recipe for a bridal shower - so easy to make, looks impressive and tastes fantastic!

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