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As dramatic as it is delicious, my Savory Party Cheesecake Appetizer serves an army of guests.  It’s sophisticated, addictive, and would be a gorgeous addition to your holiday appetizer choices throughout the entertaining season.

savory party cheesecake appetizer

SAVORY PARTY CHEESECAKE APPETIZER

Want to feed your crowd a gourmet appetizer that’s holiday-hostess friendly?  Then you need to try my Savory Party Cheesecake Appetizer! 

It’s got a creamy goat and cream cheese base that’s laced with prosciutto, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic and swirled with a sage gremolata.

An “everything bagel” crust is the finishing touch on this simply sensational holiday buffet hors d’oeuvre. 

You’ll want to serve it with gourmet crackers and breadsticks for a sophisticated party snack.

 

savory party cheesecake appetizer

SAVORY PARTY CHEESECAKE APPETIZER

What a spectacular way to serve your family and friends something tasty and so pretty during the holidays.

Savory cheesecakes have long been one of my “go-to” choices for holiday gatherings.  They can take a little time, but the results are absolutely worth it!  Don’t you think?  They serve plenty of people, because, after all, savory cheesecakes are so rich, your portion sizes are fairly small.

 

YOU’LL FIRST WANT TO PREP A FEW KEY INGREDIENTS

My Savory Party Cheesecake Appetizer contains three key ingredients that you’ll need to prep prior to starting your cheesecake.  The Sage Gremolata, Everything Bagel Crumbs and Roasted Garlic can be prepared a day before you want to bake your cheesecake.

NAN’S TIP – A savory cheesecake should be baked one day before serving to give it time to thoroughly chill and meld all the flavors.sage gremolata ingredients

 

Fresh Sage Gremolata

This recipe is an adaptation of the traditional parsley, garlic and lemon gremolata.  It’s got a fabulous touch of “Fall” flavor imparted from the pile of fresh sage that’s tossed into the mixture.

 

Roasted Garlic – 

I like to roast whole heads of garlic when I’m cooking a roast or some chicken.  It likes to stay in the oven a long time, so it makes sense to roast some when you already have the oven on!

Don’t worry, I walk you through the process in the recipe!

 

Everything Bagel Crumbs –

You’ll need 2 full cups of bagel crumbs, but I found that 1 extra large bagel was just enough!

After combining the crumbs with butter and a little salt, you’ll par-bake the crust until its toasty brown.

Now that you’ve got your Sage Gremolata, Roasted Garlic  and Everything Bagel Crumbs prepared, you’ll be ready to roll!

savory party cheesecake appetizer

SAVORY PARTY CHEESECAKE APPETIZER

Once you’ve tried my Savory Party Cheesecake Appetizer recipe, it will become one of your “go-to” holiday offerings too!  Not only is it absolutely delicious, it’s also a fabulous way to feed a crowd!

If you choose to make the different components ahead of time, this recipe comes together in a flash.  And, while it’s in the oven, you’re free to keep moving along with your holiday party preparations!

You’ll find the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Let me know how you like it!

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savory party cheesecake appetizer

Savory Party Cheesecake Appetizer

Yield: 32 Servings
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Creamy goat cheese cheesecake laced with prosciutto, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic and swirled with a sage gremolata makes a fabulous party appetizer. An "everything bagel" crust is the finishing touch on this simply sensational holiday buffet hors d'oeuvre. Serve it with gourmet crackers and breadsticks for a sophisticated snack.

Ingredients

  • CRUST
  • 2 cups "everything bagel" crumbs (use your food processor)
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • SAGE GREMOLATA
  • 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, stems removed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • CHEESECAKE FILLING
  • 4 large eggs
  • 18 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp. AP flour
  • 8 oz. prosciutto, diced
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup shallots, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. CRUST: In a small bowl, combine the crust ingredients. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. SAGE GREMOLATA: Combine all ingredients except oil in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few time to chop herbs and combine. With the processor running a slow speed, slowly drizzle olive oil into processor and process until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and flour until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the prosciutto, tomatoes, roasted garlic, shallots and salt and pepper. Pour into crust. Swirl 1/3 - 1/2 cup of sage gremolata into the filling with a small spoon. DON'T GO TOO DEEP, YOU'LL SCRAPE THE BOTTOM CRUST!
  4. Bake at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool l hour longer. Cover loosely and refrigerate overnight. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Information
Yield 32 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 193Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 54mgSodium 490mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 7g

Nutritional information should be considered an estimate only; please consult a registered dietician, nutritionist, or your physician for specific health-related questions. Please note that the recipe above is published using a recipe card plugin, with preexisting software which can auto-calculate metric measurements, as well as change the number of servings.

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