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Herbed Cheesecake Appetizer Recipe

Herbed Cheesecake Appetizer Recipe

If this large cheesecake is too large for your gathering, cut it into wedges. Enjoy one now and freeze the other wedges for a fast appetizer in the future.—Ann Chan, Atlanta, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon each minced fresh basil, tarragon and oregano or 1 teaspoon each dried basil, tarragon and oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the crust ingredients. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and flour until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, parsley, onion, pepperoni, lemon juice, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper sauce. Pour into crust.
  • 3. Bake at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool l hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with crackers. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice (calculated without crackers) equals 302 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 571 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.