California Cheese Torte

Yummy!  I love this cheese Torte!  I’ve been making this for years over the holidays.  It’s pretty, it’s festive, and mostly importantly it’s incredibly good – what more could you want?


    • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese ( can use reduced fat)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 8 ounces goat cheese
    • 2 teaspoons thyme
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • ½ – 1 Cup pesto sauce to cover
    • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
    • additional red peppers, strips ( garnish)


  1. Line a one-quart dish with plastic wrap.
  2. Place the garlic and cheeses in a food processor, and process.
  3. Add oil and thyme, and process again until well combined.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture in the dish.
  5. Then spread the pesto over the cheese.
  6. Spread another 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the pesto.
  7. Next, layer with the chopped red peppers.
  8. Finish with the final layer of cheese.
  9. Cover and chill at least 2 hrs.
  10. When ready to serve, unmold onto serving plate and garnish with additional red pepper strips, and fresh herbs (thyme or basil) if desired.
  11. Serve with crackers or raw veggies.