This impressive appetizer is quick to assemble using pre-made pesto and tapenade. Allow the torta to soften a bit before serving with fine crackers or toasted thin slices of baguette. The torta will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days; it even freezes well for up to 2 months.
Serve with Louisiana-style dirty rice, topped with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and additional hot sauce on the side. Use turkey sausage if you prefer a spicier dish.
This is a great make-ahead dish for busy days; just assemble and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. Accompany with spicy carrot slay for flavor contrast and eye appeal.
A delicious side salad becomes a main meal with the addition of cooked shrimp or salmon. Substitute toasted peanuts for the almonds if you like, and garnish with pomegranate seeds for even more color and zip.
Eggnog is traditionally made with raw eggs. To minimize the risk, we recommend using organic, fresh eggs. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs can increase your risk for certain food-borne illnesses, especially if you have a medical condition. If you are concerned about using raw eggs, please see the note below on how to create eggnog that has been cooked.