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Herbed Cheesecake Appetizer

 Herbed Cheesecake Appetizer
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
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling

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

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Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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