Tomato Pesto Torte|
This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's An Appetizer Party article.
This one can be made without the sun-dried tomatoes. The combination of cream cheese and pesto is mouth-watering.
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup, or 2 sticks butter (yes, 2 sticks!!), softened
1 small jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
7 ounce package refrigerated pesto
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Beat cream cheese and butter until well blended. Mix pesto and cheese in small bowl. Line two 8 oz. custard cups with plastic wrap. Divide cream cheese mixture into four parts. 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, and serve with crusty French bread slices.
Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.
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