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Spectacular Spread for Super Bowl

  • Category: Appetizer
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  • Town/State: Sonora, CA
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Cooking time: 10 minutes

A delectable layered spread for any special occasion made with feta and cream cheese, pesto, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Vodka or gin may be substituted for the vermouth. Looks beautiful on the table, tastes heavenly on your tongue! Serve with crackers or even bread!

This makes a BIG portion, you might consider cutting the recipe in half or making two smaller tortes (which is what I did… that way everyone isn’t crowded around the ONE plate!!)

Amount Measure Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 lb feta cheese, crumbled
1 80z package cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
3 Tbsp dry vermouth (I used Vodka and it was great)
ground white pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp pine nuts, toasted**
1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
3/4 cup pesto sauce

**Toasting Pine Nuts (Pine nuts will burn easily if you are not careful!!)

Oven Method: Spread nuts on a baking sheet & bake at 375, Stirring Occasionally, until golden brown 5-10 minutes.

Skillet Method: Put the nuts in a dry skillet & cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently… about 3 minutes.

To prepare:

  1. In a food processor, combine the butter, feta cheese, cream cheese, garlic, shallot, vermouth(or vodka or gin), and white pepper. Process until smooth.
  2. Oil a medium bowl, or gelatin mold, and line with plastic wrap for easy removal. Layer the dip into the mold as follows: Sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, pesto, cheese mixture. Repeat. Pat down into the mold, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. Turn the dip out onto a serving plate, and remove plastic wrap. Serve with crackers.