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An excellent and delicious appetizer to serve at your next gathering. This savory Gorgonzola Cheesecake will
delight your guests! You could serve this as a cheese course with your dinner with fresh fruit.
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Appetizer Recipes for more great cooking ideas.
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Holiday Open House Menu which includes this delicious Gorgonzola Cheesecake.
Gorgonzola Cheesecake Recipe
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 60 min
2 teaspoons extra-virgin
Cornmeal Crust (see recipe below)
Gorgonzola Cheese, room temperature*
5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
eggs, room temperature
* Blue Cheese may be substituted.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Roasted Garlic: Peel the outer
skin of the garlic only; leave garlic bulb whole. Slice 1/2-inch of the
pointed end of the garlic bulbs. Pour 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over the top of
each bulb and let it sink in between the cloves. Wait 2 minutes and then
repeat with another 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over each garlic bulb. Cover and
bake 1 hour or until cloves are browned at the exposed end and soft
throughout. Remove from oven. Allow garlic to cool and remove cloves from
head. Garlic may be stored in a tightly covered container in the
refrigerator for several days. Check out my web page on how to
Prepare Cornmeal Crust: (see recipe below)
To make filling:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and position baking rack in center of oven. In a large bowl, place gorgonzola cheese and cream cheese; mix
together until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, while beating to incorporate. Pour the cheese filling into prepared Cornmeal Crust. Tap lightly on counter to remove air bubbles. Place
roasted garlic cloves around the perimeter of the pan at equal distances.
Place cheesecake in center of middle oven rack. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until internal
temperature is 160 degrees with a
cooking thermometer or until the center is almost set, but jiggles slightly when
gently shaken. NOTE: Do not open the oven door during the first 30 minutes of baking
as drafts can cause a cheesecake to fall or crack. Remove from oven and allow to
cool on counter for at least 1 hour, after which you may either serve or store in the refrigerator.
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Serve warm or at room temperature with toasted baguette bread or crackers.
To serve later, store in refrigerator up to 1 week. To reheat, simply slice and warm for 5 minutes in a 350 degree F.
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoons dried
1/4 cup grated
Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano)
Grease a 10-inch
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil; stir in cornmeal,
garlic, salt, and basil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15
minutes, stirring occasionally. Fold in parmesan cheese. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
Press warm cornmeal mixture onto the bottom of the
prepared springform pan. Smooth the surface and set aside.