My approach is to use a knife and fork. If the stack is sturdy enough, I can slice out a wedge while leaving the rest of the dish intact. If it's not so sturdy, then I slide the layers into more of a jumbled pile before diving in.
There is definitely an inherent mess factor with this particular presentation. But I'm a big proponent of the idea that you eat with your eyes first, and I appreciate a pretty dish even if eating it can get a bit tricky. That, and the two-year-old in me really enjoys toppling a good tower.
What's your strategy when faced with this dish?
(Image: Emma Christensen)