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Exotic Goat Cheese Torta

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This recipe very California and always a hit!
  Garlic head 1 (Roasted)
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon (For Drizzling)
  Kosher salt To Taste
  Cream cheese 1⁄4 Pound (Room Temperature)
  Goat cheese 1⁄4 Pound (Room Temperature)
  Sun dried tomato paste 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Basil pesto 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice the top off of a head of garlic and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and roast in the oven for about an hour, until garlic is soft and caramelized.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of a free-standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the cheeses. Divide the mixture evenly among three small bowls. Add the sun-dried tomato pesto to one bowl. Add the basil pesto to the second bowl. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves into the third bowl mix all three to combine and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Line a three-cup ramekin with dampened cheesecloth, draping excess over the rim. Spoon basil pesto mixture into the bottom of the mold and smooth with a rubber spatula. Top with the roasted garlic mixture, and finish with the sun-dried tomato pesto mixture. Fold the excess cheesecloth over the top of the strata. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

To serve, unfold the cheesecloth, invert the ramekin onto platter, remove and peel away the cheesecloth. Serve with your favorite crackers or Melba toast or crudite.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cheese, Goat Cheese
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
I’m mad about goat cheese! For that reason this Goat Cheese Torta Strata appetizer is one of my favorite things to make for casual get togethers with my friends. It’s very “California”, and it’s always a hit! The best part about this recipe, except for roasting a head of garlic, there’s no cooking involved. For more recipes visit:
Goat cheese hasn't scored much on the popularity charts in the world; if you believe it, then you have to try this exotic goat cheese torta and rethink whether it is true. Goat cheese has its loyal fans and this dish is not only appreciated by them but also by those who didn't show much interest in goat cheese earlier. Watch this video to find out how Dave turns goat cheese into a delectable appetizer.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 218 Calories from Fat 132

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g22.5%

Saturated Fat 6.5 g32.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 30.5 mg10.2%

Sodium 538.9 mg22.5%

Total Carbohydrates 11 g3.8%

Dietary Fiber 0.74 g3%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A 17.8% Vitamin C 3.7%

Calcium 15.8% Iron 3.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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