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Artichoke Cheesecake

 Artichoke Cheesecake
I created this appetizer about 10 years ago. The combination of herbs and cheese seemed like a natural pairing. The addition of artichokes just took this over the top as a wonderful sensation.—Nancy Ringer, Wichita, Kansas
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of
  • heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square); securely wrap foil around
  • pan. Drizzle melted butter over bottom of pan; sprinkle bread crumbs
  • over butter.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Beat
  • in the feta cheese, onions, garlic, tarragon, basil and salt. Add
  • eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in artichokes and
  • red pepper. Pour into springform pan. Place pan in a large baking

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Artichoke Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until center is just set and
  • top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a
  • wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan
  • to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides
  • of pan. Serve with crackers. Yield: 24 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice (calculated without crackers) equals 118 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 187 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer