Triple-Cheese Torta

Flaunting festive colors and flavors, this holiday appetizer comes with a choice of two toppers.

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Makes:
24 servings
Serving Size:
2 tablespoons
Yields:
3 cups
Prep:
45 mins
Chill:
2 hrs to 24 hrs
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Triple-Cheese Torta

Ingredients
2
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
4
ounces Gruyere or Swiss cheese, finely shredded (1 cup)
2
ounces blue or feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)
 
Skillet Roasted Tomato Topper or Apple-JalapenoTopper (see below)

Directions

  1. Let cheeses stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large food processor or mixing bowl combine cream cheese, gruyere cheese, and blue cheese. Process or beat until well combined.
  2. Line one 7-1/2x3-1/2x2-inch loaf pan or a 3-quart bowl with plastic wrap.
  3. For Skillet Roasted Tomato Topper, spread half the cheese mixture in pan or bowl; spoon half the topper over cheese. Cover and refrigerate remaining topper. Carefully spoon on remaining cheese mixture and spread evenly. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
  4. For Apple-Jalapeno Topper, spread cheese mixture in loaf pan or bowl; cover and chill 2 to 24 hours.
  5. To serve, unmold cheese onto a serving platter, removing plastic wrap. Top with remaining topper. (If making Apple-Onion Topper, sprinkle with 1/4 cup pistachio nuts, if desired.) Serve cheese appetizers with crackers, flatbreads, fresh vegetables, or fruits. Makes 24 (2-tablespoon) servings.

Skillet Roasted Tomato Topper

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
1
small red onion, cut in thin wedges (3/4 cup)
1 1/2
cups quartered cherry tomatoes
2
tablespoons white balsamic or white wine vinegar
2
1
tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed

Directions

  1. In a skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add red onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Add cherry tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, and tarragon. Simmer, uncovered, until most of the liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Apple Jalapeno Topper

Ingredients

1
medium Granny Smith or other tart apple, cored and chopped (1 cup)
1/3
cup chopped green onions
1
tablespoon lemon juice
2
teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper
1
teaspoon sugar

Directions

  1. Combine apple, green onions, lemon juice, jalapeno pepper and sugar.

Nutrition Facts

(Triple-Cheese Torta)
    Per serving:
  • 104 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 28 mg chol.,
  • 106 mg sodium,
  • 2 g carb.,
  • 1 g sugar,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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