Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte Recipe
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Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte Recipe

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A line forms quickly behind this quiche-like torte at family gatherings. The wedges are easy to eat as finger food, plus it's delicious hot or cold. — Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups finely crushed multigrain crackers
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 5 small fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable garlic and herb cream cheese
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 164 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 6g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. In a large skillet, saute the zucchini, mushrooms, onion and red pepper in oil until tender. Spoon over cheese.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in bacon. Pour over vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Serve warm or chilled. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte in Country Woman August/September 2007, p27

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"This was really good... took to a party, and not enough people tried it to give it 5 stars. I would make again."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Absolutely delicious! followed directions...added a bit more vegetables. Made in springform pan. nice presentation! Will double the recipe next time!"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Delicious! Everyone wanted the recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"Made this for a New Years party. Everyone raved! I added more onion, mushrooms, and a little asparagus. Great!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"This is delicious! I made it for my bed and breakfast guests this morning. I told them it was an 'experiment' and they said I should definitely make it again. It took 35 minutes to bake, came out of the springform pan easily, and browned nicely on top. A winner!"

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