Cheese Torte

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This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish! #cheesetorte #spinachandartichoke www.savoryexperiments.com


 

This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish!

This cheese torte is an adaptation of a recent recipe using the technique of layering thin layers of phyllo dough and butter to form an irresistible crust. I mean really, look at that crust!

This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish! #cheesetorte #spinachandartichoke www.savoryexperiments.com

My friend Dara Bunjon of Dara Does It initially introduced me to this Cheese Torte and I was fascinated by the use of phyllo and a bundt pan.

I happened to have a few frozen boxes of phyllo at home, as I always keep this and puff pastry in the freezer, so I gave it a whirl.

I attempted my own version, adding a few extra ingredients, and landed with artichokes and spinach. I’m mean what goes better with cheese than artichoke and spinach?

This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish! #cheesetorte #spinachandartichoke www.savoryexperiments.com

The real star of this show isn’t what goes inside of the torte, it is the torte shell. Constructed from delicate layers of phyllo, placed sheet by sheet in a circular fashion, gently folded over and then bathed in butter, the casing is enough to keep you coming back for more.

A sprinkling of Parmesan Romano Cheese straight into the bundt pan also adds a layer of crispy, golden goodness. So crispy!

Artichoke, Spinach and Cheese Torte- A blend of feta, cottage and Parmesan Romano cheese inside of a delicate flakey crust, makes for a stunning appetizer, brunch offering or main meal. #torte #cheese www.savoryexperiments.com

I’m still not sure where to place my Cheese Torte in terms of course or appropriate time of day. On the day I created my  Cheese Torte, its intention was to be an appetizer.

However, it became abundantly clear with the first slice that it clearly could serve as a full entree for meatless Monday or a masterful centerpiece for brunch. I will deem it appropriate for any meal.

This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish! #cheesetorte #spinachandartichoke www.savoryexperiments.com

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This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish! #cheesetorte #spinachandartichoke www.savoryexperiments.com

Questions you might have about how to make a Cheese Torte:

What are the types of cottage cheese? There are several types of cottage cheese. For this recipe, I used what is considered to be regular, which is the most common.

  • Regular- Large curd, 4% milkfat, the most standard
  • Low Fat- Anything lower than 4% milkfat, but more than .5%, sometimes marketed as reduced fat
  • Nonfat or Dry Curd- made with skim milk, it is a little drier

Can I use ricotta cheese? Yes! You can use the same amount of ricotta, but make sure to drain it well.

Can I freeze this cheese torte? I haven’t tried, but I am going to say it might not thaw well Anything with such a fragile and delicate crust, but stuffing that has a higher water content, doesn’t always defrost well.

This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish! #cheesetorte #spinachandartichoke www.savoryexperiments.com

Artichoke, Spinach and Cheese Torte

4.67 from 6 votes
This Cheese Torte combines 3 types of cheese with spinach, artichoke and seasoning in crispy layers of buttery Phyllo dough. The ultimate appetizer, side dish or brunch dish!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Coat medium skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Add spinach and minced shallots, tossing until wilted and reduced. Allow to cool before draining on heavy duty paper towels and then wringing out excess liquid. If you have time, place in the refrigerator to dry further for an hour or two.
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a food processor, combine crumbled feta, cottage cheese, eggs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan Romano cheese, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Pulse to combine. Add artichokes, spinach and shallots, pulse again. Set aside.
  • Coat large, fluted tube bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan Romano Cheese in the bundt pan, allowing it to stick to the sides. Sheet by sheet, place phyllo around the bundt pan, trying to get each sheet up the flute and then allowing the sheet to drape over the side. Use all except 4 sheets, pressing into the bottom. (See photo above).
  • Spoon cheese mixture into bundt pan and fold draped phyllo over top. Arrange remaining 4 sheets to seal the top.
  • Pierce the torte, top to bottom, generously with a sharp knife. Slowly, poor melted butter over the top, allowing some to seep in and the rest to puddle on the top. Place onto a large baking sheet.
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until torte is golden brown and crispy.
  • Allow to cool for 2 hours before inverting to a serving plate. Serve room temperature or warmed in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition

Calories: 496 kcal, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 37 g, Saturated Fat: 21 g, Cholesterol: 138 mg, Sodium: 940 mg, Potassium: 231 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 2945 IU, Vitamin C: 9.2 mg, Calcium: 251 mg, Iron: 2.3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 496
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese torte
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Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I love that this is made in a bundt pan. It makes it so much more appealing! What a great presentation! I bet it tastes just as amazing.

  2. Oh yum! This looks amazing! I love the pictures that go along with it! I’m totally a visual person and they really help 🙂

  3. Oh I bet this is fabulous! And such an impressive work of art for the Christmas or New Years Eve table!

  4. Oh my this is so beautiful!!! What an amazing idea to put phyllo in a bundt, pan, stuff and end up with such a beauty.