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Elegant Cheese Torte

 Elegant Cheese Torte
Rich and creamy, this eye-catching torte makes quite an impression. Every time I take it to a party, it receives rave reviews!
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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