Yogurt Cheese Torta with Cilantro Pesto

Try this easy yogurt cheese, which is sure to amaze your guests!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

Yogurt Cheese

2
containers (5.3 oz each) Liberté® Greek plain yogurt
1/4
teaspoon coarse sea salt

Pesto

3/4
cup lightly packed fresh cilantro sprigs
1
medium jalapeño chile, seeded, chopped
1
to 2 cloves garlic
2
tablespoons Spanish peanuts
2
tablespoons olive oil

Serve-Withs, if desired

Crackers
Olives
  • 1 In small bowl, mix yogurt and salt until well blended.
  • 2 Line mesh strainer with double layer of cheesecloth. Spoon yogurt mixture into cheesecloth; bring edges of cheesecloth up and over yogurt. Place strainer over bowl to drain liquid. Refrigerate about 4 hours or overnight.
  • 3 In food processor bowl, place Pesto ingredients. Cover; process, using quick on-and-off motions, about 30 seconds or until well blended; set aside.
  • 4 To assemble torta, line 10-oz custard cup with 1 layer cheesecloth. Spoon in one-third of the yogurt cheese and 2 tablespoons of the pesto; repeat 2 times. Top with remaining yogurt cheese; cover with cheesecloth. Refrigerate about 1 hour to blend flavors.
  • 5 To unmold, peel cheesecloth from top of mold. Turn mold upside down onto serving dish; remove cheesecloth. Serve with crackers and olives.

Expert Tips

Store covered in refrigerator up to 2 days.

Substitute 1/4 cup of your favorite basil pesto for the cilantro pesto.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
90mg
90%;
Total Carbohydrate
2g
2%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.