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Three-Cheese Appetizer Cheesecake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling

Makes

16 servings

Crushed sesame crackers create the crust for this savory cheesecake that features a rich blend of ricotta, feta and cream cheese. The creamy mixture is mildly seasoned with basil and garlic and so delicious when spread on crackers for a crowd-pleasing appetizer. —Virginia Galloway, Houston, Texas
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed sesame snack crackers
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers, patted dry
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, ricotta cheese and feta cheese until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the sour cream, basil and garlic powder. Fold in peppers. Pour into crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 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: 174 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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