1 pound cream cheese, softened
¾ pound sweet butter, softened
1 cup grated Asiago cheese (or very fresh Parmesan)
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
¾ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh oregano, finely chopped
¾ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
¾ teaspoon white pepper
¾ cup toasted pine nuts coarsely chopped
½ - ¾ pound provolone cheese, thinly sliced
100-150 Johnny-Jump-Up Flowers for garnish
Cream together the softened cream cheese, butter, and Asiago. Add garlic, basil, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper, combining thoroughly. Add pine nuts and chopped parsley and mix again until all ingredients are well blended.
Butter a loaf pan or terrine. Line with waxed paper or parchment paper. Layer bottom of pan with provolone cheese slices, then add a layer of the soft cheese mixture and a sprinkling of Johnny-jump-up
Flowers. Combine alternate layers of provolone, soft cheese mixture, and flowers, ending with provolone. For good effect, try to get about five layers. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from refrigerator and let stand about fifteen minutes before turning out on serving platter. Remove paper and garnish with more Johnny-jump-ups and other edible flowers as available. Serve in slices. It is also delicious served on crackers for hors d’oeuvres. This recipe freezes very well, and slices can be cut off and used when needed. Serves 15-20 as a rich appetizer; 75 for hors d’oeuvres.
Cedar Spring Herb Farm, 159 Long Pond Drive, Harwich, MA 02645
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