Tree Appetizer Torte

Course : Appetizers
Serves: 25
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1 sheet Cheesecloth
32 ounces Cream Cheese softened
8 ounces Goat Cheese -- softened
15 Slices Provolone Cheese (Approx.3/4 Lb.)
1 1/4 Cups Prepared Pesto
1 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Oil-Packed -- chopped and
1/2 Cup Pine Nuts -- toasted
1 loaf Thinly Sliced French Bread, Toasted (Brush With Olive Oil Before Toasting If Desired)

Preparation / Directions:

Wet a single layer of cheesecloth and squeeze dry. Line pan with cheesecloth, allowing cloth to extend over sides. Beat cream cheese and goat cheese until very creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Layer ingredients in prepared pan as follows: 2 cups cream cheese mixture 5 slices provolone 3/4 cup pesto 5 slices provolone a cup cream cheese mixture chopped sun-dried tomatoes pine nuts 5 slices provolone 3/4 cup (remaining pesto) 2 cups (remaining) cream cheese mixture Fold hanging cheesecloth over top. (For the holiday's I like to use my Wilton's Christmas tree shaped pan to make this in) Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Unwrap top of mold. Unmold appetizer onto serving platter; remove cheesecloth. Garnish with roasted red pepper circles and star at top, fresh basil leaves and additional toasted pine nuts. Serve with toasted French bread slices. Makes 25 appetizer-size servi

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