[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] N[/dropcap]ow let me tell you about this cheesecake…
I’m a huge huge fan of cheesecake in all its forms but had never even considered the idea of turning it into a real cheesey salty affair until I was reading one of my Christmas presents, Honey & Co. – Food From the Middle East. (A brilliant book which is well worth checking out if you like Middle Eastern food).
Anyway when I spotted their Savoury Cheesecake I just had to try it.
And what a winner!
We had it for Sunday brunch and I remember wishing I had made more. The texture is surprisingly light, almost like a souffle. And the salty cheese makes it so so satisfying.
It’s super delicious here with the roast zucchini but feel free to use any of your favourite pizza toppings to top it instead. I’ve also made it with chunks of roast eggplant. Yum!
Melt-in-the-Mouth Savoury Cheesecake
I love this cheesecake so so much. I’ve served it multiple times for brunch but it’s also fab as a simple vegetarian weeknight meal. I like it best when still warm from the oven but am totally happy having cold leftovers for lunch the next day. If it’s not zucchini season where you are, see the ‘variations’ for alternative topping ideas. And if you’re short of time you can easily roast the zucchini at the same time you cook the cheesecake and then serve it on top.
enough for 4 as a light meal
takes: 40 minutes
3 small zucchini (500g / 1lb)
small bunch mint, leaves picked
250g (9oz) cream cheese (Philadelphia), softened
200g (7oz) feta
1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Slice zucchini into rounds and pop in a roasting tray. Drizzle with a little oil but don’t add salt because you’ll be getting lots from the feta.
2. Roast for 20 minutes or until zucchini has softened and started to brown. Remove from the oven and toss in the mint.
3. Meanwhile, place cream cheese, feta and eggs in a food processor and whizz until well combined. There will still be a few tiny lumps from the feta. Grease a 20cm (8in) oven proof frying pan or spring form pan. Spoon the cheesey mixture into the pan and smooth out the top. Press the cooked zucchini into the top.
4. Bake cheesecake for 15 minutes. Turn and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until browned around the edges and puffed up a little. Serve warm.
short on time – bake zucchini at the same time as the cheesecake and serve on top. Or skip the zucchini and just serve with a side salad for greenery. Or try a big dollop of pesto just before serving.
different veg – roast eggplant is really good, grilled red peppers, roast mushrooms, roast diced root veg like sweet potato, wilted greens.
carnivore – top with salami or proscuitto as well as or instead of the zucchini.
no food processor – just mash the cheeses and eggs together with a fork and go for a more chunky, rustic style.
different cheese – replace feta with goats cheese or ricotta.
more substantial – serve with a side of bacon and/or hot buttered toast. For a more middle eastern vibe serve with warm pita bread.
Have fun in the kitchen!