Greek Cheesecake

Greek-cheesecake

I came across this recipe for Greek Cheesecake and just had to make it.  This is a savory recipe perfect for those who love cheese.  It is the perfect thing to bring to bring to a party as it can be done ahead.  You can rest assured that this will be a unique offering whether you are serving this Greek Cheesecake to guests at your home or bringing it to a party.

Ingredients

Adapted from Julia of Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 8oz packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled, with additional cheese set aside for garnish
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 14oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped, with part of a second one for garnish
  • 1 small can black olives or the equivalent amount from an olive bar, drained and chopped
  • 2-3 large garlic cloves, passed through a press
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

NOTE: IF YOU WISH, YOU MAY CUT THIS RECIPE IN HALF.  USE A 6 1/2 INCH SPRING FORM PAN IF YOU ARE DOING THIS.

Directions

  • Oven preheated to 375F.
  • Rub a 9″ springform pan with butter.
  • In a small bowl, toss the breadcrumbs and the Parmesan cheese together, then spread them on the bottom of the pan like a crust. Set aside.
  • Use a mixer to beat the cream cheese until it’s fluffy, then add the feta, eggs and sour cream. Continue to beat until the mixture is smooth. With a spatula, fold in the red bell pepper, olives, garlic and basil.
  • Pour half of this mixture into the springform pan, then put in the artichoke hearts.
  • Pour in the last half of the cheese mixture.
  • Bake for around 50 minutes (but start checking earlier!) until the cheesecake is golden.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Leave in the pan to chill in the refrigerate overnight.
  • Unmold and sprinkle the rest of the chopped red pepper, feta crumbles and black olives over the top.
  • Serve.
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