Savory Appetizer Cheesecakes Series :: Bacon & Blue Cheesecake
Over a decade ago, I learned how to make Martin Wine Cellar’s crawfish cheesecake appetizer. I’ve played with the recipe over the years and have made so many variations. This Bacon & Blue one is always a hit, especially paired with a nice red.
Bacon & Blue Cheesecake
Inspired by this recipe from Tipsy Housewife
For the Cheesecake:
3 8-ounce blocks cream cheese, very soft
3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1 cup bacon pieces (I use the already-chopped real bacon pieces, but feel free to cook and crumble your own bacon) + more for garnish
1 cup blue cheese crumbles (I use gorgonzola) + more for garnish
1 tablespoon steakhouse seasoning of choice, or more to taste
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
For the Roasted Red Pepper Coulis Topping:
1 jar of roasted red peppers, drained
4-5 leaves of fresh basil
This recipe will use a 9-inch springform pan or 2 6-inch springform pans. I like to remove the bottom and wrap it in a layer of foil and then put the pan back together so that I can easily slide it onto a serving plate. Grease it well to ensure the cheesecake will come out.
Melt the butter and then add your breadcrumbs and mix well. Press into the bottom of the springform pan. Set aside.
Normally I like to sauté the onion in my recipes, but I find that just nuking the diced onion for 30-45 seconds is enough to soften it. (It will cook during the baking process anyway.) Put cream cheese in the mixer and let it mix until it is softened. Add each egg, one at a time, and then the yolk. Add the steakhouse seasoning. Add the sour cream and continue to mix. Add the onion, shredded Italian cheese blend, and blue cheese crumbles and continue to mix until it is well combined. Add the bacon and then mix by hand.
Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan. Cover with foil to prevent over browning. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 50 minutes, checking often. It shouldn’t be very wiggly and should be light brown on top, with a knife inserted into the center coming out clean. Don’t be surprised if it takes longer than an hour to bake — I’ve made some that took almost 90 minutes, so just watch it carefully. (The smaller 6-inch pans sometimes take nearly 2 hours!) Do not despair if the cheesecake cracks — you’re topping it when you serve it! The cheesecake needs to sit in the pan until it is completely set, so do not take it out ahead of time. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Take it out about an hour before you want to serve it and immediately before serving, spread the top of the cheesecake with the topping (directions below). Serve with bagel or pita chips, crostini, or crackers.
For the topping: Sprinkle additional blue cheese crumbles and bacon pieces just before serving.