Friday, February 1, 2013

Savory Pesto Cheesecake

One of our family events while we were all gathered together was a bridal shower in anticipation of the next event that will bring our family all together again (an April wedding in the Midwest!)

Like any bridal shower we had lots of food and beverages.

And since it was a girl party we also had tea- Peaches and Cream and Lemon Vanilla.

The purpose of a bridal shower is to shower the bride with gifts so we did that too.

Every bridal shower needs a lovely bride and we had that too.

She was also showered with lots and lots of girl talk, stories of her intended's younger days and marital advice.

One of the yummy things that happened at the shower was this savory cheesecake. I just made it again today for an art gallery reception that is happening tonight. I thought I'd share the recipe while it is fresh in my mind. Blogging is a good way to get these things written down!

Savory Pesto Cheesecake

Prepare a six inch springform cheesecake pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and spraying with an oil spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, beat together until smooth-
1 cup ricotta cheese
8 ounces cream cheese

Beat in one whole egg

Add and mix thoroughly-
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup basil pesto
1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes

Pour into prepared pan. Set the pan into a baking dish with one inch of warm water. Place in the oven and bake until set, 45-55 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove and chill completely 2-4 hours (or overnight) before serving. To serve, remove the sides of the cheesecake pan and invert cheesecake onto a serving plate.


  1. Pretty new daughter-in-law-to-be.
    My daughter will love the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    1. She is beautiful. Can't wait to see her in her wedding gown. The savory cheesecake was a big hit at the art gallery. It disappeared quickly. It's soooo easy to make!

  2. Looks yummy! just a (stupid?) question though---do you serve it with a knife to spread? or cut it into wedges like a (sweet) cheesecake? or is it soft enough to dip the crackers in???

    Congratulations on the upcoming wedding--praying that ALL will go well. Thanks for sharing some beautiful glimpses of beautiful times (-:

    1. Thank you, Linda!
      And your question is not stupid at all. I thought about adding something at the end of the recipe but didn't get to it. Now I will. Yes, it is a cracker spread. A cheese knife works well. Those who tried to dip with their cracker usually had the cracker break. This spread was extremely popular at the gallery reception too so I think we have a winner!

    2. OK, thanks, I'm looking forward to trying it!


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