Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Torte

My friend (hi Robyn) was just visiting from Boise and mentioned how much she loves this recipe. It's another great holiday dip that can be made ahead of time. Take this to your Christmas party . . . it's delicious.

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (2 oz.)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I like more than 2 cloves)
1 T. milk
1 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup firmly packed fresh parsley sprigs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. olive oil
2 T. pine nuts
1/2 cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
french bread slices

In food processor bowl combine cream cheese, feta cheese, 2 cloves garlic and milk. Cover and process or beat with electric mixer on medium speed till almost smooth.

For pesto combine basil, parsley, parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup nuts, 2 cloves garlic and olive oil. Cover and process or blend till almost smooth.

Line 4 cup mold with plastic wrap and sprinkle the 2 T. roasted nuts over bottom of mold. Spoon 1/4 cheese mixture atop nuts, spreading evenly. Carefully spread with half the pesto. Add another one-fourth of cheese mixture.

Sprinkle tomatoes atop cheese in mold Add another 1/4 cheese mixture and remaining pesto. Spread remaining cheese mixture atop and cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, unmold onto platter and serve with French bread.

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