“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Thursday, December 31, 2009

♥Easy as pie Savory Yogurt Cheesecake with Carmelized Onions♥



As fussy and fancy as it looks, this is basically a low-cost ricotta cheesecake nestled in a pie crust (store-bought works fine) and topped with sautéed onions. Bake the cheesecake in advance and caramelize onions on the day of the party. I ♥ this recipe because it isn't the same-old-same-old that you see on a buffet surrounded with crackers. This will not only gain you compliments it will be gone in a heartbeat so you'd better make a couple to serve your hungry guests.

Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices. Prepare the onions while the crust bakes.

Yield: about 10 servings (serving size: 1 cheesecake wedge and about 2 tablespoons onions)

Filling
1 (32-ounce) carton plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup (4 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg yolk

Crust
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup ice water
Cooking spray

Onions

1 teaspoon butter
8 cups sliced onion (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme

Preparation


To prepare filling, place colander in a 2-quart glass measure or medium bowl. Line colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth, allowing cheesecloth to extend over outside edges. Spoon yogurt into colander. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate 12 hours. Spoon 1 3/4 cups yogurt cheese into a bowl; discard liquid. Place cream cheese in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add the yogurt cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and egg yolk. Beat at low speed just until blended.

Preheat oven to 350º.

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, cornmeal, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and dash of pepper in a food processor; pulse 3 times or until combined. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons butter; pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor on, add ice water through food chute, processing just until moist (do not form a ball). Press cornmeal mixture into bottom of an 8-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

To prepare onions, while crust bakes melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion; cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook 25 minutes or until browned and tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in thyme.

Spread the yogurt mixture into prepared crust. Bake at 350º for 35 minutes or until almost set. Cool on a wire rack. (Cheesecake will continue to set as it cools.) Serve at room temperature. Cut cheesecake into wedges, and serve with onions.

Have a great time tonight, everyone but remember NEVER, EVER DRINK AND DRIVE!

3 comments:

crochet lady said...

Sounds great, I don't think I have every had a savory cheese cake before.

GWENDOLYN said...

Mimi,
Have a very happy new year! Blessings!
Gwen

~Kristen~ said...

YUM!!!

I wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year dear friend and a 2010 that is blessed with happiness, good health, prosperity and all your dreams coming true!!! xoxo