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Provolone Terrine--vegetarian appetizer with layers of cheese and basil pesto

Updated on February 18, 2014
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I love Baseball.

I am planning a Super Bowl party.

Two diametrically opposed thoughts.

No, I'm not having a senior moment. I understand that the Super Bowl is football, not America's "greatest sport". But, I live in the Pacific Northwest, and our Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl. Sounds like a great excuse for a party (even if I don't understand the game of football).

So my husband is extending invitations, and I'm planning the food (who's doing the heavy lifting here?)


Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 20 min
Ready in: 2 hours 20 min
Yields: 12 or more servings


  • 1/2 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
  • 1 lb. provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • garlic cream sauce (recipe below)

Garlic cream sauce

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup almonds, walnuts, or pinenuts

Combine cream cheese, butter, and garlic in bowl of food processor. Blend until combined and smooth. Stir in nuts.


  1. Line a 4x8-inch loaf pan with dampened cheesecloth (soak the cloth and then wring out).
  2. Cut provolone slices in half. Slightly overlapping slices, cover bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of the loaf pan (use about 1/2 of the cheese). Divide the remaining half of the cheese into 3 equal portions and set aside.

Now, begin layering as follows:

  • Spread one-half of the pesto over the provolone in the pan.
  • Cover pesto with 1/3 of the remaining provolone.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 of the tomatoes
  • Spread garlic cream over the tomatoes
  • Sprinkle remaining tomatoes over the garlic cream
  • Cover with 2nd third of provolone
  • Spread remaining pesto over the provolone
  • Lay remaining provolone over the pesto.

Fold cheesecloth over the loaf; press gently with your hands to compact.

Chill about 2 hours. Fold back cloth, invert on serving plate and unmold. Remove cheesecloth. Serve with toasted baguette or crackers.

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© 2014 Linda Lum


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