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Noel Salmon Cheesecake

 Noel Salmon Cheesecake
During the holidays or any time you're expecting a crowd, this savory cheesecake is sure to be a popular appetizer. The mild smoked salmon flavor is delicious.—Nella Parker, Hersey, Michigan
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


  • 1/2 cup pumpernickel bread crumbs
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon or lox, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • Assorted crackers


  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Sprinkle bread
  • crumbs into pan, coating bottom and sides; set aside. In a large
  • bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in cream and pepper until
  • blended. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in
  • salmon and onions.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in.
  • square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place pan in a large baking
  • pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until center is just set.
  • 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 (cheesecake may crack while cooling).
  • Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers
  • Serve cheesecake with crackers.
  • Yield: 16 servings.