Saturday, May 02, 2009

Derby Party Recipes, Installment #3

Katherine Doll's Cheese Torte (from Doll's Market in Louisville)

This one is a tradition on Derby Day at my house.

Katherine Doll’s Cheese Torte

Serves 8 to 10

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

¼ cup minced baby spinach

1 ½ t. chutney (I use Major Grey’s)

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

2/3 c. mayonnaise

½ cup pecan pieces

¼ cup finely chopped white onion

Dash of Tabasco sauce

Combine 4 ounces of cream cheese with the minced spinach in a bowl and mix well. Stir the chutney into the remaining cream cheese in a separate bowl. Combine the Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pecans, onion and Tabasco sauce in a third bowl and mix well.

Layer half of the Cheddar cheese mixture, the spinach mixture, the chutney mixture and the remaining Cheddar cheese mixture in the order listed in a 2 cup mold or container. Chill, covered for 8-10 hours.

Invert the mold onto a platter lined with additional baby spinach. Garnish with grapes and strawberries. Serve with assorted party crackers.

For a spicier torte, add 1 minced garlic glove to the Cheddar Cheese mixture. You may substitute ½ cup drained thawed spinach for the spinach cream cheese layer, omitting the 4 ounces of cream cheese (but I never do that because, what is spinach without the cream cheese????)

So, today, I doubled the recipe and made two. One for today and another for tomorrow!

p.s. Son and daughter-in-law are here, still waiting for daughter and grandkids...


Jennifer Johnson said...

Here is my ignorance showing. Is this an appetizer? Like a dip? Or an entree you eat with a fork? Is that really dumb to ask? I always thought torte was sort of a dessert. The spinach had me rethinking that though. Can you tell I don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen?

Maddie James said...

Gosh! I did it again! It's like a cheese ball. Yes, it's great with crackers. That's how I serve it. I should have learned my lesson with the last one! You could also serve with veggies, too.

Yes, a torte is probably usually a layered desert...I think they call this one a torte because it's layered, as well. In real life, it is a lot prettier than that picture. I didn't think it looked very good.

Jennifer Johnson said...

Thanks! I like the veggie idea.