Elegant Cheese Torte Recipe
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Elegant Cheese Torte Recipe

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Rich and creamy, this eye-catching torte makes quite an impression. Every time I take it to a party, it receives rave reviews!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 jar (5-3/4 ounces) pimiento-stuffed olives, drained and chopped
  • 8 cups (32 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Grapes and assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 283 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 448mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Remove 3-1/2 cups to a small bowl; stir in pepper and set aside. Fold olives into the remaining cream cheese mixture. Spread evenly over the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan; set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, beat cheddar cheese, cider and paprika on low speed for 1 minute. Beat on high until almost smooth. Spread half over olive layer. Top with peppered cheese mixture. Top with remaining cheddar mixture. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 6 hours or until firm.
  3. Place on serving plate and remove sides of pan. Press pecans into top; garnish with additional olives or grapes if desired. Serve with crackers. Yield: 24-30 servings.
Originally published as Elegant Cheese Torte in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p21

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zenalover User ID: 8189131 216293
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"This makes a LOT! It is very pretty and tasty."

Just a pinch User ID: 3154067 70846
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

"Wasn't crazy about the peppered cheese layer. Most people just took the olive part."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3268277 83818
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"This looks so beautiful and sounds tasty. I am wondering how exactly to serve it for an appetizers when other things are being served. It seems like wedges would take up a lot of room on the plates, unless they were very thin. I am trying to find things that would not require silverware. Any suggestions?"

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