Sharp Cheddar Cheesecake

Don't skimp on the required cooling time. It's necessary for neat slicing. Even better, make the cheesecake a full day ahead of the party.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 4 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 16

Ingredients

Cheesecake

2/3
cup crushed crisp rye or pumpernickel crackers
3
tablespoons butter, melted
2
(8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup whipping cream
1
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2
teaspoon dry mustard
2
eggs
8
oz. (2 cups) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2
cup chopped roasted red bell peppers (from 7.25-oz. jar)
1/4
cup sliced green onions

Garnish

Green onion curls, if desired
Roasted red bell peppers, cut into shapes with cutters, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, combine crushed crackers and butter; mix well. Press evenly in bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350°F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 2 Beat cream cheese in medium bowl until light and fluffy. Add cream, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and eggs; beat until smooth and well blended. Stir in shredded cheese, roasted peppers and 1/4 cup green onions; mix well. Spread over partially baked crust.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is set. Cool 30 minutes.
  • 4 Loosen edges of cheesecake with small metal spatula or knife. Cool an additional 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
  • 5 To serve, carefully remove sides of pan. Place cheesecake on serving platter. Garnish with green onion curls and roasted pepper cutouts. Surround cheesecake with apple and pear slices or assorted crackers.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1/16 of Recipe
    Calories
    220
    (
    Calories from Fat
    170),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    19g
    19%
    (Saturated Fat
    12g,
    12%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    85mg
    85%;
    Sodium
    220mg
    220%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    5g
    5%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Protein
    7g
    7%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    20%;
    Vitamin C
    15%;
    Calcium
    15%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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