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Savory Appetizer Cheesecake

I love to experiment with new recipes, and my family is always willing to taste-test. This warm bacon cheesecake is welcome at family get-togethers. —Joy Burke, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    16-20 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • Assorted crackers and fresh fruit

Directions

  • In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. In the drippings, saute onion and garlic until tender; remove with a slotted spoon.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, cream, flour, salt and cayenne; beat until smooth. Add eggs, beat on low speed just until combined. Set aside 3 tablespoons bacon for garnish. Stir in green onions, sauteed onion and remaining bacon into egg mixture. Pour into greased 8-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with reserved bacon. Serve warm with crackers and fruit. Refrigerate leftovers.
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