Foodies Approved I love going to spend a nice eve…

Foodies Approved

I love going to spend a nice evening with friends for dinner or drinks (most likely a combination of both). Sometimes I find that I am struggling to find something to take to a dinner party that will be quick, easy and won’t give my friends food poisoning. Here is a recipe that works every time and is sure to be a crowd favorite at your next party.

Layered Cake Appetizer

Grocery List:
2 blocks of cream cheese, you may use a lower fat version but don’t get the fat-free.
Pesto
Sun Dried Tomato in Olive Oil
Pine nuts
Baguette
Olive Oil

To assemble:
Slice the blocks of cream cheese into 2 pieces like you would if you were making a layered cake. You should have 4 large slices of cream cheese and depending on the plate you want to assemble the tower on, you may either make the tower tall or longer. Place the first layer of the cream cheese on the bottom of the serving dish and cover the layer with pesto. Then add another layer of cream cheese and a layer of sundried tomotoes, then cream cheese, then pesto and so on. On the top layer cover the top of the tower with pine nuts. Now for the bread. I like to make crustinis to accompany this appetizer which is very simple (it has to be for me!)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees on bake and slice your baguette into 1/2″ slices and place on a baking sheet. In a bowl, combine 6 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Using a pastry brush, cover the pieces of bread with the mixture. Once you have covered the top, turn over the bread and repeat on the backside. Place in the oven for 7 minutes until crunchy and delicious. Take the crustinis off the baking sheet and load around the layered cake and enjoy. If you don’t have time to make crustinis, might I suggest any kind of flatbread to accompany this appetizer. The cheese is very spreadable and works great with flatbreads (also you can shovel more in your mouth that way).

I stole this recipe from a martini bar I used to frequent when I was a senior in college in Fort Collins Colorado called Elliot’s. One one night specifically my friends Boomer and Craig helped me eat an full one of these appetizers in one sitting (along with SEVERAL of Elliot’s martinis) and I have loved this ever since.

Cheese + Pesto + Sun Dried Tomatoes + Bread = Yumminess!

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