Grilled Veggie Torte Revisited and the Winner of My Giveaway!

Before I get on with my torte I’d like to thank everyone for all your wonderful comments, I loved reading them along with all the nice emails I received. Now I’d like to announce the winner of my giveaway. Drum roll please!
CULINARY CORY! Congratulations Cory, Julie from Blog2Print will be contacting you soon with all the details, enjoy your blog book!

Some things just need to be revisited, they’re worth repeating especially when you change them up a bit, such is the case with this Grilled Veggie Torte. My inspiration for making this first hit me a few years ago when I saw this layered beauty in the case at my local Whole Foods store. I asked them how they made it, was there any cheese between the layers? I was in awe of it’s cake like structure and the beauty of it. It was made in a spring form pan piled high with veggies and feta cheese in between, I instantly went home and tried to recreate it, since then I have made it several times for parties, to bring along to a friends house or just when I want to use up an abundance of veggies like I did here. It’s very impressive looking and it can be made in any size pan, the one in my previous post was a 6 inch pan, the one here was a nine inch.
The more colorful you make it the better it is, that’s what gives it the wow factor. I used green, red, yellow and orange peppers, vadalia onion rings, zucchini, eggplant and portabello mushrooms tossing torn fresh basil in between. Feel free to use any of your favorite veggie combinations.

In previous times I have put feta cheese, shredded mozzarella, parmesan or asiago between each layer and on top. Grilling all your veggies do take some time so feel free to grill them the day before and just assemble it on the day you bake it. Remember to brush them all with olive oil and season with salt and pepper before grilling.

Then the other day my friend Stacey posted a beautiful Grilled Vegetable Torte with a crispy and cheesy breadcrumb topping on it and I was inspired to make her version ASAP! all I can say is that the topping enhanced the over all deliciousness of the torte! Check out her beautiful version here.
I also added sliced garden tomatoes on one layer after seeing hers. I made my crispy topping with homemade bread crumbs, grated romano cheese, snipped basil, salt and pepper, and a generous drizzle of olive oil on the top. The two new additions were incredible!
Bake it at 400F for about a half hour. The key is to let it really cool down before you pop the spring on the pan and you will have no problem cutting it into perfect wedges, just make sure you use a serrated knife and slowly cut through it.
The torte can stand proudly alone as a vegetarian meal along with a salad or it’s a wonderful side dish with any type of grilled meat. I served mine with this chicken above. A great summer meal indeed!
Buon Appetito!
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  1. Kudos to you and Stacey for a great looking veggie torte that I plan to recreate too. You are both blogging treasures.

  2. This just looks fantastic, Marie. What could be better than layers of grilled veggies and cheese?!! Oh my goodness, I must make this now.

  3. What a great meal and concept for the torte

  4. Our tortas look EXACTLY the same!
    I loved this version.

    I am happy Culinary Cory won the contest, he is such a nice guy, I like his blog!

  5. I made something similar recently that the post called a tiella. No matter what it is called it is sure delicious isn’t it. Those Italians know what they are doing when it comes to using seasonal ingredients.

  6. I need to try this! You and Stacey are such creative pros!

  7. This looks fantastic! And i just bought a spring form pan last weekend, so i’m set. I had seen Stacey’s post and i grilled up my veggies last night. Now all i have to do is assemble and bake.

    Your chicken also looks delicious! I might try making it. Believe it or not, it will be my first chicken!

  8. YAYYYYY! I can’t believe I won. I never win anything. You and Stacey Snacks are so sweet for thinking I’m nice…because I am. :)

    Happy Blogging!
    -Cory

  9. I am so sorry I missed this meal! Wow, those grilled veggies have me salivating big time and then I scrolled down to that chicken, mmmmm!!

  10. What an incredible meal ! I wish I had you around to motivate me when I forget that summer is all about grilling!

  11. wow….that veggie tort is simply amazing!! The springform pan is such a great idea!!! I can’t wait to try this!

  12. I am staring at the last of my eggplant, the last of my zucchini and the beginning of my peppers. How perfect. How beautiful. I will check Stacey’s blog also. And of course, I will be making this. Congrats to Cory!

  13. Definitely a winning recipe here, Marie, and perfect timing for the veggie build-up in my refrigerator. Can’t wait to give it a whirl!

  14. I must be getting better because I want to eat this now. You know I love vegetables that are done well like this.

  15. Fab, just fab!

  16. Simply gorgeous! And I love changing up a favorite recipe and discovering it can be even better than you remembered.

  17. Congrats to your give away winner!

    I’m so glad I did not miss this recipe — it looks so delicious and impressive!

  18. mmmmmmm..love chicken!!!!!

    kisss

    lamam

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