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Smoked Salmon and Chives Cheesecake

With colorful flecks from diced red pepper and chives, this savory cheesecake is a pretty addition to an appetizer buffet. Its wonderful rich flavor has a pleasant touch of smoky salmon. Slice it into wedges and serve with your favorite crackers.—Virginia Galloway, Houston, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup minced chives
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Jarlsberg cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 package (3 ounces) smoked salmon or lox, chopped
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a small skillet, saute the onion, red pepper and garlic in oil until tender; set aside to cool.
  • Line the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the chives, cheeses, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper sauce and reserved onion mixture. Fold in salmon. Pour into prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 196 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 382mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.

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