Apple, Blue Cheese & Bacon Cheesecake
Why I Love This Recipe
This improves with age if made a day ahead of time.
Ingredients You'll Need
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 pound bacon
1 small onion, chopped
2 green onion, chopped
2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into
medium dice (Granny Smith)
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds cream cheese at room temp (regular
or reduced fat)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup whiskey
12 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
Right before you're ready to go to bed, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Spray nonstick oil inside a 9-inch springform pan (or a 2-quart soufflé dish), and dust the
bottom and sides with 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan. Set aside.
In a skillet, cook the bacon until it is crisp. Remove, drain, crumble, and reserve.
Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the baconfat.
Add the onion to the fat in the pan and cook over medium heat until soft, about 2 min.
Add the apples and continue cooking until the onion is very tender and the apple has
lost its raw look, about 2 to 3 more minutes. Remove from heat, add the garlic, green onion, salt and pepper, and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft. Mix in the vinegar, whiskey, blue
cheese, remaining Parmesan, and eggs. Addsalt, pepper, the reserved bacon, and
reserved apple mixture. Mix well.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place in
Clean up and go to bed.
When you awake 7 to 9 hours later (the exact time doesn't matter), the cake will appear set, the top will have barely colored, and the surface will be flawless.
Remove to a rack and cool in the pan for an hour, until the pan is cool enough to handle.
Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and an inverted plate.
Holding the plate tight to the pan, invert both. Remove the pan andrefrigerate the cake upside down for at least 1 hour.
If necessary, the cake can stay refrigerated in this way all day.
Invert a serving plate over the cheesecake and invert the whole thing.
Remove the top
plate and the paper.
Cover and refrigerate.
Cut with a long sharp knife dipped in warm water to prevent sticking.
Serve as is or garnish with crisp toasts and or freshly sliced apples.
Notes-- This was served with toasts and the apple slices and a dip knife. Everyone just slathered it on as they preferred to their own tastes.