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Pistachio Gorgonzola Cheesecake Recipe

More than anything, I love having friends over for drinks & appetizers. My savory cheesecake always makes a grand impression! —Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots, quartered
  • 1 pound crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1/4 cup Madeira wine
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups pistachios, toasted and chopped, divided
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • 1. Line the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  • 2. Place shallots in a food processor; cover and process until chopped. Add 2 cups Gorgonzola, butter, cream cheese, wine, orange peel, cream, pepper and mustard; cover and process until blended. Set aside.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup pistachios, green onions, basil, parsley, tomatoes and remaining Gorgonzola cheese. Spread half of mixture in prepared pan. Top with half of cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Pat down. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4. Remove sides of pan. Carefully unmold onto a serving platter. Remove parchment paper. Finely chop remaining pistachios; press onto sides of cheesecake. Serve with crackers. Yield: 24 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Or, spread in a dry nonstick skillet and heat over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 225 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 321 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.