Sun-dried Tomato, Pesto and Cream Cheese Terrines

Mardi, of, is hosting this month’s Forever Nigella. We were instructed to make nibbles to celebrate the Royal Wedding…using one of Nigella’s recipes.  Since I needed to make an appetizer for a party at the 2011 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, knew this terrine could do double duty.

I’ve made a similar recipe layering cream cheese and pesto, but the addition of Provolone and sun-dried tomatoes pushed this one over the top.  Unlike Nigella, I used premade pesto (a little glitch like a power outage after a lightning strike in our backyard pushed me behind schedule), and layered my own way.  I also used two small springform pans vs. a loaf pan.  See the link below for the original recipe.Unfortunately, I didn’t get to sample the finished dish…I’m hoping to get some feedback from the party later this weekend.  I know that all the individual components were delicious and flavorful.  I have no doubt it was fabulous…

Sun-dried Tomato, Pesto and Cream Cheese Terrines


Adapted from Nigella

  • 2 6-ounce packages refrigerated pesto
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 12 ounces sliced Provolone cheese
  • 8.5 ounce jar julienne sun-dried tomatoes with herbs, chopped
  • Fresh basil to garnish


  1. Line two 5.5 inch diameter springform pans (or large loaf pan) with plastic wrap. Set aside.
  2. Mix softened cream cheese with minced garlic and nuts. Set aside.
  3. Place 2-3 slices of Provolone cheese on bottom of each pan. Divide one package of pesto between the two pans. Spread evenly to cover Provolone.
  4. Top each with ¼ of the chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Layer each with half the cream cheese mixture and spread to edges. Top each with remaining pesto, then sun-dried tomatoes, then 3 slices of Provolone. Refrigerate before serving.
  5. To unmold, remove plastic from top and flip over onto serving tray. Remove rest of plastic wrap. Allow to sit at room temperature before serving. Serve with crackers or baguette slices. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 6265kcal Calories from fat 4894
% Daily Value
Total Fat 544g 837%
Saturated Fat 165g 825%
Cholesterol 585mg 195%
Sodium 10976mg 457%
Carbohydrate 205g 68%
Dietary Fiber 52g 208%
Sugars 111g
Protein 208g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Lizzy ….this looks absolutely something I can eat in one sitting. Love all the flavours.Sorry you didn’t get to sample it but it sure must have been good if it was all gone. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. This looks absolutely wonderful! Sad that you didn’t get to try it, but now you have a great excuse to make it again! Great submission.

  3. I’ve never made a terrine before, but this recipe is totally inspirational.

    -the constant hunger

  4. I love all these flavors, I’m sure it was a hit. (And I’d love to get some little springform pans like you have.)

  5. Lizzy these terrines look amazing, really yummy, I want one, xxgloria

  6. Pegasuslegend says:

    I have never seen or heard of these, glad to be introduced to them looks amazing!

  7. The Country Cook says:

    I could listen to Nigella talk all day long. Seriously, if I were a guy, I’d want her to be my baby’s Momma – love that woman…LOL.
    This recipe sounds like a winner and you really did it justice. Gorgeous!!

  8. Angie's Recipes says:

    The terrine looks just yummilicious!

  9. Great recipe, I’m going to try it, we have lots of sun-dried tomatoes here. I found you at my friend cakeduchess and I’m following you from Trapani, Sicily. I have a sweet tooth so when I read that you’re a baker I came right over:) I grew up in the Bronx by the way so I love American food. Nigella is my favorite cook, she’s so charming, I love her chocolate cakes. My daughter can eat chocolate morning noon and night so I often make chocolate cakes or anything with chocolate.

  10. Parsley Sage says:

    Brilliant! We don’t need the feedback from the party goers, I can virtually taste this yummy terrine right now 🙂 Well done!

  11. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Lizzy, these terrines look beautiful AND delicious. My mom always love terrines but she never made one from scratch (she lives in Japan and she buys from somewhere). I’m going to cook this with her when she visits us this summer. She will so excited for sure. 😀 Thank you!

  12. I love Nigella….sigh….what a wonderful terrine for this months event! I love sun dried tomatoes and blended with the cream cheese and pesto..yumm!!

  13. I have to try this. It reads like a really wonderful dish. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  14. Stephanie says:

    Yum, this sounds like a tasty appetizer. I like your additions to it – extra cheese is always good and sun dried tomatoes would give such a great flavor and texture.

  15. Eftychia says:

    This platter includes all my favorite flavours. Very nice choice!!

  16. Anna C says:

    Nigella always has such simple and easy recipes, yet always delicious! Lovely presentation.

  17. Bestfoodies says:

    I love sun dried tomatoes and cream cheese used together. This is a must try for me!

  18. Elisabeth says:

    Gotta love Nigella-Don’t have any books from her, but Lora has at least 3, and I’ve been browsing through them. Superb terrine, Lizzy. Just do not have…come to think of it, yes, I do have one small springform pan like that to make this amazing terrine.
    Thanks for sharing yet, another great recipe. Beautiful presentation, as well:DDD

  19. This looks like a great app for a crowd; and so easy to do ahead, too! Ah, Nigella – always so put-together…

  20. 5 Star Foodie says:

    These look like terrific party appetizers, great flavor profile for sure.

  21. Everything in this sounds so delicious together… I’m sure it will get rave reviews!

  22. Elaine says:

    These look so good, Lizzy.

  23. says:

    This looks so yummy! I love sun dried tomatoes 🙂

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