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Creamy Crab Cheesecake

 Creamy Crab Cheesecake
A savory appetizer cheesecake such as this one, dotted with tender crabmeat, is sure to grab the attention and tempt the taste buds of party guests. It's an elegant spread that you make ahead, so there's no last-minute fuss.
20 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 25 crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, divided
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • Additional seafood seasoning, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the
  • bottom of the greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on baking
  • sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack.
  • Reduce heat to 325°.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream until
  • smooth. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Add onion, lemon
  • juice, seafood seasoning, hot pepper sauce and pepper; beat just
  • until blended. Fold in crab. Pour over crust. Return pan to baking
  • sheet.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool pan on a

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Creamy Crab Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan
  • to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer. Spread remaining sour cream over top.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan. Let cheesecake stand at room temperature for 30
  • minutes before serving. Sprinkle with seafood seasoning if desired.
  • Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 20-24 appetizer servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 114 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.