Showstopping Appetizer Torte

Course : Appetizers
Serves: 1
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1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
4 packages cream cheese (8-oz) -- softened and divided
3 tablespoons mustard mayonnaise sauce -- see Note
8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
7 ounces crushed pineapple drained
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 teaspoons dried mint
1 1/4 cups orange marmalade -- divided
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dried orange peel
2 teaspoons orange peel -- (2 to 3)
1/4 Cup garnish: toasted pecan halves

Preparation / Directions:

Bake chopped pecans in a shallow pan at 300 degrees, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool. Process 2 packages cream cheese, 2 tablespoons mustard-mayonnaise sauce, and next 4 ingredients in a food processor until blended, stopping to scrape down sides. Press mixture into bottom of a plastic wrap-lined 9-inch springform pan, and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Process remaining 2 packages cream cheese, remaining 1 tablespoon mustard-mayonnaise sauce, 2/3 cup orange marmalade, and next 3 ingredients in food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Spread mixture over pecans, pressing until smooth. Cover and chill up to 3 days. Remove from pan; spread with remaining marmalade, and garnish, if desired. Serve with gingersnaps. Makes about 30 appetizer servings. Note: Durkee mustard-mayonnaise sauce was used for testing.


Nutritional Information:

3205 Calories (kcal); 208g Total Fat; (55% calories from fat); 73g Protein; 305g Carbohydrate; 243mg Cholesterol; 1719mg Sodium

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