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Muffuletta Cheesecake

When I needed a party appetizer and couldn’t find a recipe I liked, I created my own. This savory spread boasts the flavors of a classic Italian muffuletta sandwich. —Helen Flamm, Dayton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (40-45 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 cup chopped salami
  • OLIVE SALAD:
  • 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup pitted Greek olives
  • 4 pickled onions
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pepperoncini, stem removed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove
  • SERVING:
  • Assorted crackers or baguette slices

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, mix cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in sour cream and Italian seasoning. Add egg and egg yolk; beat on low speed just until blended. Fold in provolone cheese and salami. Pour into crust. Bake 35-45 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Meanwhile, place olive salad ingredients in a food processor; process until coarsely chopped. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.
  • Remove rim from pan. Top cheesecake with olive salad. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without crackers): 267 calories, 23g fat (12g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 526mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.
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