Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Savory Cheesecake

I have come to love making jam so that I can enjoy the summer bounty in the depths of winter.  They are easily turned into dessert (pop tarts anyone?), but can also make a perfect party appetizer on top of cheesecake.

While an herbed savory cheesecake was a perfect base to my tomato jam before, I wanted more of a blank canvas for a batch of strawberry rhubarb caramelized onion jam that I made this summer.  Pumpernickel pretzels and walnuts turned out to be a fabulous choice for this treat, and it's absolutely perfect for entertaining. 

Although, if you don't want to share, I won't tell ;)

Savory Goat Cheese Cheesecake
adapted from my PB Chocolate Cheesecake

You can make this in a regular 9 or 10" cheesecake pan for a party, or perhaps a few smaller 4" pans for a smaller gathering.  Prefer the individual size?  A mini cheesecake pan or a muffin tin work as well.

1c pumpernickel pretzel crumbs (could use any type of pretzel or cracker here)
1/2c chopped walnuts (or other nut/seed)
4T butter, melted
12oz cream cheese, RT
11oz goat cheese, RT
1/4t sea salt
freshly ground pepper
3 eggs, RT
strawberry rhubarb caramelized onion jam, peach jam with caramelized onions and basil, or tomato jam

Preheat the oven to 350deg.

To make pretzel crumbs, grind up pumpernickel pretzels in the small bowl of a food processor.  Measure out 1c of the crumbs and combine with walnuts (these could also be ground up/chopped in the food processor).  Add melted butter and stir until well combined.  Press into desired baking pans.  Bake 7-10min, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.  Turn oven down to 250deg.

While the crust is cooling, prepare the filling.  Cream together cream cheese and goat cheese in a stand mixer.  Add salt and pepper and mix well.  Add eggs, one at a time, making sure each is well combined.  Pour into cooled crust, be sure not to fill more than 3/4 up the pan.  Tap cheesecake on the table to allow any air bubbles to come to the surface.

Bake (30min for minis, 45 for 4" and 1 1/2-2hours for a 9 or 10", the top will be set and no longer be jiggly). Remove and place on a wire rack.  Mine had cracks, but I didn't mind since I was covering it with jam. Once cooled, refrigerate until ~1hr before serving.  Top with the jam of your choice and serve!

I know we just passed the holiday season, what was your favorite party food?


Jen said...

This sounds awesome. I just made some raspberry chipotle jam over the weekend. I think this cheesecake would be perfect with it!

Erica said...

I've never had anything like this! I would love love to try it. A pumpernickel pretzel crumb crust sounds totally ridiculous awesome. You're so creative!

Michelle Lahey said...

This sounds incredible, and so innovative!

Delicious Dishings said...

Looks so good!

Kristen said...

love the sound of the pumpernickel pretzel crust.

Joanne said...

I've done a savory herb-infused cheesecake before but never one with sweet-savory jam on top! Yum.

Colleen @ CulinaryColleen said...

This looks awesome! I've never tried a savory cheesecake but it seems like a great party dish.

vanillasugarblog said...

geez Shan you know I love this!
Savory all the way.
(sorry I've been MIA)

Sacha said...

I love savory cheesecake. That jam you made sounds awesome, and I love the idea of adding pumpernickel pretzels to the crust!

Hannah said...

Ah, now doesn't this just sound like the perfect pairing for my savory chocolate-olive cookies or what? The timing is too perfect! :)

Kerstin said...

Yum, I totally want this for dinner tonight.. :)

Strawberry rhubarb caramelized onion jam also sounds so addicting!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I love sweet cheesecakes but last month tried my first savory cheesecake (blue cheese and figs) and really liked it! I bet I would like this too :)

Hannah said...

We are totally sharing some psychic recipe connection again! I was just musing over the lack of decent savory cheesecakes in the world and what a missed opportunity that was... No more! Way to do the concept proper justice. :)

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