Macadamia Pesto Sun-dried Tomato Torte
8 ouncescream cheese, at room temperature
4 ouncesblue cheese, at room temperature
1 cupfresh spinach leaves
1⁄2 cupfresh parsley
1⁄2 cupfresh basil leaves
1⁄4 cupchopped roasted, unsalted macadamia nuts
1⁄4 cupolive oil
1 cupgrated Parmesan cheese
1⁄4 cupsliced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, patted dry
- In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and blue cheese together until smooth. Set aside.
- Combine the spinach, parsley, basil, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil through the feed tube and process until smooth. Add in the nuts and cheese and process again until combined into pesto. Set aside.
- Line a 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving the extra hanging over the sides.
- Spread one third of the cheese mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Then spread half the pesto over the cheese and layer on half the sun-dried tomatoes.
- Repeat each layer again and finish with the remaining third of the cheese.
- Cover with the overhanging plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- To serve, bring to room temperature, then invert onto a platter and place one fresh basil leaf on top.
- Serve with crackers, lavosh or bread.