Sausage and Pepper Cheesecake

Crackers provide an easy crust to this sausage and pepper cheesecake - a flavorful appetizer.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 8 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 32

Ingredients

1
cup crushed round buttery crackers (about 24 crackers)
3
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1
lb bulk spicy pork sausage
2
packages (8 oz each) refrigerated tricolor diced bell peppers
3
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
3
eggs
4
oz smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (1 cup)
Mini sweet peppers, cut into rings, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix crackers and butter until blended. Press in bottom of pan. Bake 8 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and diced bell peppers; cook until sausage is no longer pink. Drain; set aside.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add whipping cream, salt and eggs; beat on low speed just until smooth. Stir in cheese and sausage and pepper mixture. Pour over crust; smooth top.
  • 4 Bake 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Let cheesecake remain in oven 30 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • 5 To serve, run small metal spatula around edge of pan; carefully remove side and bottom of pan. Place cheesecake on serving platter. Cut into wedges. Garnish with mini peppers.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    152
    ,
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    13g
    13%
    (Saturated Fat
    7g,
    7%
    ),
    Sodium
    229mg
    229%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    4g
    4%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Protein
    5g
    5%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    0%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    1 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    0
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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