Hello, I'm a long time reader, a first time poster. I'm in search of a savory trifle recipe. This is the fourth year I've hosted a Torte or Tart Party. Last year I opened it to Tapas with great success, this year I decided to add Trifles. Through my cookbooks and internet searches I've only been able to find dessert trifles. Are there any savory recipes out there? About 15 people will show up at my house this Saturday, I like to set a good example of what can be made. I will be making a Squash, Gorgonzola, and Sage Tart, and would like to add something else to it in case the guests decide on 'sweet' this year.
I've seen salads served in trifle bowls, which might work. You layer the salad. A cobb would be interesting prepared this way.
But I do think there's potential in what you are thinking. To complement your tart, maybe using brioche for the bread, layered with a sauteed mix of mushrooms and a goat cheese mascarpone cream?
You could do a torta rustica. There are many versions and I tend to play with different fillings.
This is King Arthur's version. Keep in mind there are variations in crust and filling, depending on where you look.
Or you can do it w/out layers:
You could also consider doing a strata w/ layers but that would be baked--you'd still get the savory egg custard, though. Just layer the bread and filling and pour the egg custard over it. Let it sit overnight and bake.