Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 hrs
This fabulous torte can be made without the sun-dried tomatoes. The combination of cream cheese and pesto is mouth-watering. The original recipe comes from Ann Hodgman's Beat This cookbook. I reduced the amount of butter used, and I like to make it in a loaf pan rather than custard cups! You can use basil or artichoke pesto, and I often use dry packed tomatoes but reduce the quantity by half.
- Beat cream cheese and butter until well blended.
- Mix pesto and parmesan cheese in small bowl.
- Line two 8 oz custard cups (or loaf pan) with plastic wrap.
- Divide cream cheese mixture into four parts (2 for a loaf) Spoon 1/4 of cream cheese mixture into each custard cup.
- Sprinkle each with 1/4 of the tomatoes.
- Spread 1/4 of the pesto mixture over tomatoes.
- Repeat layers.
- Fold plastic wrap over each torte, sealing well.
- Chill overnight until firm.
- Unmold, remove plastic wrap.
- Serve with crusty French bread slices.
- Garnish with chives, parsley, or"whatever" for color.
This is a delicious, very easy to make and great looking appetizer, especially for around the holidays. The instructions shouldn't tell you to end with a layer of pesto, however. If you start and end with cream cheese it will hold together much nicer. I also put a dollop of pesto then chopped up sun dried tomatoes on the very top after the torte was inverted. I would also recommend giving it time to soften before serving. It's getting made again for Thanksgiving since I can't wait any longer than that to try it again!
I made half a recipe of this fantastic appetizer, for a holiday party, yesterday, and I'm going to repeat, tonight, for another party! (I did follow the previous rater's suggestion, though, and divided the cream cheese into 3 portions, for each recipe, so that I would end up with cream cheese on the top and bottom.) I made a poinsetta for the top, out of the sundried tomatoes (which I cut to resemble the flower petals), and basil (for the leaves). It was beautiful, and it tasted wonderful! Everyone devoured it! Thanks for sharing!
I use a spring pan to make this pesto torte and line bottom with ground walnuts, or Italian bread crumbs, makes a good presentation, no need to invert.