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Three-Cheese Appetizer Cheesecake

 Three-Cheese Appetizer Cheesecake
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
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Three-Cheese Appetizer Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Serve with crackers. Yield: 16 servings.
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.
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