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Savory Gorgonzola Cheesecake
Serve with crackers or bread with an aperitif, wine or port, or add a slice to a lightly dressed arugula salad. Adding fresh fruit such as figs, pears or currants to the plate would be perfect.
Recommended Servings
Makes one 7-inch cheesecake, 16 slices
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons walnut halves and pieces, toasted
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese (do not use lowfat), at room temperature, cut in 1-inch pieces
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 cup Gorgonzola dolce, crumbled
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
Lightly coat a 7x3-inch springform pan with melted unsalted butter or coat with cooking spray. Place a sheet of plastic wrap (about 16x16-inches) on top of a sheet of aluminum foil the same size. Place the springform pan in the center and wrap the exterior tightly. Brush the interior of the pan with melted butter.
Place the walnuts in a food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade and pulse until chopped finely. Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the bottom and sides of the buttered pan, leaving excess nuts on the bottom.
Place the cream cheese in the food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the work bowl, process 30 seconds longer. Add the eggs, lemon juice, sage and pepper. Process until smooth, 1 minute. Scrape the work bowl and process 15 seconds longer. Sprinkle the Gorgonzola over the cream cheese mixture and pulse 10 times to incorporate. Pour into prepared pan.
Place trivet/rack in the Cooking Pot and add 2 cups of hot water to the pot.
Cut a piece of aluminum foil about 24 inches long. Fold in half lengthwise, then fold in half again two more times to create a strip about 24 inches in length and 2 inches wide to make a “cradle.” Place on counter and set filled springform pan in the center. Cover cheesecake with a piece of buttered aluminum foil – making the sides tight, but allowing room for the cheesecake to expand. Bring the ends of the “cradle” strip upwards. Use the “cradle” to help lower the cheesecake into the cooking pot and place on the trivet.
Cover and lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set timer for 16 minutes. When audible beep sounds, use Natural Pressure Release to release pressure. When float valve drops, turn off. Remove lid carefully, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse. Remove cheesecake from the cooking pot using the foil strips to lift up. Place on a cooling rack. Remove foil and plastic wrap. Dab gently with a paper towel to remove any accumulated condensation from the top of the cheesecake. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. Before serving remove from springform pan and garnish if desired.
Serve with crackers or slices of crusty breads. May also be sliced and served on tender greens as a salad. Garnish with fresh fruit such as sliced pears, apples or figs.

Servings: Makes one 7-inch cheesecake, 16 slices

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 206 (84% from fat) • carb. 2g • pro. 7g • fat 19g • sat. fat 12g • chol. 94mg • sod. 255mg • calc. 85mg • fiber 0g

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