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Three-Cheese Appetizer Cheesecake Recipe

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Crushed sesame crackers create the crust for this savory cheesecake that features a rich blend of ricotta, feta and cream cheese. The creamy mixture is mildly seasoned with basil and garlic and so delicious when spread on crackers for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.—Virginia Galloway, Houston, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed sesame snack crackers
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers, patted dry
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1 slice (calculated without crackers) equals 174 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 241 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, ricotta cheese and feta cheese until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the sour cream, basil and garlic powder. Fold in peppers. Pour into crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 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 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with crackers. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Three-Cheese Appetizer Cheesecake in The Taste of Home Cookbook

Nutritional Facts

1 slice (calculated without crackers) equals 174 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 241 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

It was so easy and very tasty. Next time I shall add something with a bit of a kick - perhaps chipotle or chili.

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