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Mushroom and Bacon Cheesecake

My clan loves anything with cream cheese, so I knew this savory cheesecake appetizer would go down as an all-time favorite. Add leftover mushrooms, bacon, red peppers and parsley for a pretty garnish on top. This is a great recipe to make ahead and freeze for when you’re in need of a dish to pass. —Macey Allen, Green Forest, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups assorted chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Roasted sliced mushrooms, fresh parsley and additional cooked bacon strips, optional
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion and red pepper in oil for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir for 10 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, salt and pepper until light and fluffy. Beat in sour cream. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in the bacon, feta cheese, parsley and mushroom mixture. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan. Top with mushrooms, parsley and additional bacon if desired. Serve with crackers.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without toppings and crackers): 322 calories, 28g fat (16g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.
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