Goat Cheese Individual Cheesecakes are a delicious savory dish that makes great appetizers.
Goat cheese is being used in the kitchens of some of the most famous restaurant in the U.S., as Americans have enthusiastically embraced the taste of goat cheese in their favorite dishes, including pizza, ravioli, sauces, and appetizers. Fresh goat cheese also pairs wonderfully with the local wines and micro brews. Every day, more and more people discover the delights of goat cheese, thus continuing the demand for it. Goat cheese cheesecakes are another easy-to-make recipe that can be made ahead of time for your party.
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs, homemade, fresh*
- 1/2 cup walnuts, finely-ground
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly-ground, divided
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 5 ounces goat cheese, soft
- 1 egg, beaten lightly
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped, plus additional chives for garnish
- 1 teaspoon red bell pepper, finely-diced, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter eighteen 1/8 cup mini-muffin cups.
In a medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs, ground walnuts, butter, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir until thoroughly combined. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the walnut mixture into each muffin cup and press down into the bottom of the cups.
With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the goat cheese; beat until creamy. Add the egg and beat until well combined. Add the chives, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Divide the goat cheese mixture between the mini-muffin cups and smooth the tops. Top the cheesecakes with the diced red peppers. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until puffed.
Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for 5 minutes; unmold. Garnish with chives and serve warm.
Makes 6 servings.
* Check out Making Homemade Bread Crumbs.
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