PESTO-PISTACHIO TORTE

 

PESTO-PISTACHIO TORTE

Yield: 12 or more appetizer servings

Ingredients

2 packages Cream cheese, softened
1 pound Butter, softened

½ cup PISTACHIO PESTO (recipe follows)
cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios
Baguette slices or crackers
1 cup Packed, fresh basil leaves

cup Grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios
¼ cup Olive oil
1 clove Garlic, peeled

teaspoon Cracked pepper

Instructions

Beat cream cheese and butter until thoroughly combined and fluffy.  In a 1-quart terrine or similar style serving dish, layer ⅓ cream cheese mixture, ¼ cup pistachio pesto and ¼ cup pistachios.  Repeat layers.  Spread top with remaining ⅓ cup cream cheese mixture and sprinkle with pistachios.  Serve with baguette slices or crackers. 

PISTACHIO PESTO

Place basil, cheese, pistachios, oil, garlic and pepper in food processor or blender; process until well-blended.