Italian goat cheese and pesto torta

by Brittany on September 23, 2011

This spread is unique, beautiful, and DELICIOUS!!!  It has a creamy double layer of cream cheese and goat cheese with layers of pesto and sun-dried tomatoes in between.  Spread on a toasted slice of baguette and you are talking about heaven!  My husband declared it to be the best thing I have ever made… ever!! Both of my kids even liked it.  I originally had it at my friend Ali’s house and everyone was raving. It is absolutely fantastic.  Thank you so much Ali for sharing this wonderful appetizer recipe with me!

Italian Goat Cheese and Pesto Torta
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sisters Cafe 

4 oz. goat cheese
8 oz. cream cheese
salt, pepper
3 Tb tomato paste
3/4 c. minced, sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil 
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 c. pesto (must be thick)

Line medium sized bowl with saran wrap, edges hanging over.  Spray saran wrap with Pam.  Combine goat cheese, cream cheese and salt and pepper with electric mixer until smooth.  Reserve 1/3 cup mixture.  To reserved 1/3 c. mixture, add tomato paste, sun dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.  Mix with spatula until smooth.  Take half of goat cheese mixture and spread on bottom of bowl.  This part can be a little tricky since the plastic wrap likes to stick to the cheese and not the bowl as you’re trying to spread it!  I would suggest using a large, flat spoon (like a serving spoon) and run it under hot water until the spoon is warm.  Then using the back side of the spoon, gently press the cheese mixure along the bottom of the bowl.  (The warmth of the spoon will keep the cheese from sticking to it. If it starts sticking again, go run it under the hot water again.)  Next spread with pesto, then with sun-dried tomato mixture.  Smooth remainder of cheese mixture on top using the warmed-spoon trick.  Cover and refrigerate for one hour.  Serve with toasted baguette slices
Note: Trader Joe’s has a  sun-dried tomato bruschetta topping that works great in place of the sundried tomato layer if you want to make it a little easier.  Also, I have left out the tomato paste before and it still tasted great.  

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marcie September 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Mmmm agreed! Sooooo good!! And great for tailgating!! At least sophisticated tailgating. :)


2 Kelly J September 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I couldn’t get enough of the stuff! Yum!


3 Melanie September 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

wow–I have got to make this dip–I am impressed that Eric said it was the best thing you have ever made–and you have a lot of good stuff that comes out of your kitchen!! Yum!!


4 Juliana November 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

These are delicious! You can also line the bowl with cheesecloth, which I think is easier than the plastic wrap :). Also, if using a deeper bowl or flower pot, even, multiple layers are made and make a spectacular site. If doing this, though, I recommend separating and alternating the tomato and pesto layer…then it turns out white, red, and green….excellent for the holidays!


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