Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Savory Cheesecake has few ingredients, but still delight your family and guests with it’s flavor. A savory cheesecake is perfect for an appetizer or a light meal with a salad.
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Y’all. It’s #FallFlavors this week. I see it as sort of the start of the blogging high season. Of course if there were other week long events before this one I didn’t pay attention to them. I’m sure there was, but my mojo is still lost. I’m trying to get it back. It needs to come back. I have too many events planned for it to be gone.
I know most make sweet cheesecake, but I love a savory cheesecake. It’s like a cheeseball on steroids. Kicked up flavors, cooked, cooled, and creamy. And you can whip them up easily with simple ingredients. And imagine the ooohs and ahhs your family and friends will give you when you bring this to the table!
What is a savory cheesecake?
Well, it’s kind of what it sounds like. A savory version of the sweet cheesecake. I’ve made a Savory Pesto Swirled Cheesecake. And have always sworn to remake that one and make a few more for the blog. I don’t even remember taking that other one to work, but apparently, I did. And apparently it vanished off the table. So, you know savory cheesecakes are a good idea when coworkers devour it.
Savory cheesecakes have cream cheese in there along with the egg as a binder. But instead of sugar and sweet ingredients they have things like this roasted red pepper and crab, pesto, herbs and other cheeses, bacon (of course), artichoke and spinach. I could go on and on with all the variations that people can make.
I specifically purchased a smaller springform pan to make more savory cheesecakes after the last one I made. I used a regular springform and it wasn’t very tall. The cheesecake was rather thin. Which is fine, but not quite what I was going for. But I also didn’t want to make a whole 10” cheesecake like I would for dessert. So, the first one was thin. This one is not because of the smaller springform pan.
Which I think would be great for cheesecakes for two. Maybe I’ll make some of those later. Or maybe not depending on what happens. Yes. I am rambling.
What are some tips for making cheesecake?
I’m reading through some of these tips from other people and I did very few of these in making this Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Savory Cheesecake. There isn’t a water bath and I didn’t worry about overmixing my filling. I had to open the oven because I had to check the jiggle. There is no cornstarch or sour cream in this recipe.
However, my cream cheese is always at room temperature whenever I have to work with it. And I did allow the cheesecake to cool slowly. I think the smaller springform pan did help keep it from cracking.
Then again maybe the sugar affects the way the cheesecake comes out? I really have no idea why this one worked better than some sweet cheesecakes I’ve made. It’s a mystery to me and I’m okay with that.
What does Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Savory Cheesecake taste like?
Well, it would taste better if I didn’t use canned crab. Like in the tuna aisle canned crab. It’s okay for some things. I’m still trying to figure out what the is. So, make sure to use some good lump crab meat. It makes all the difference in the taste of this cheesecake.
The creamy cheese and roasted red pepper filling are sweet and delicious. The lump crab is also sweet and delicious. The garlic salt and Old Bay step up the seafood flavor. I have garlic and herb Old Bay. It’s delicious and I’ve used it for seafood and chicken wings. Oh my. I haven’t shared those wings. I think they’ll be the next ones I share on the blog. It is football season ya know?
Speaking of which, you can totally make this ahead of time, pop it in the fridge, and bring it to a tailgate party. Can you imagine the looks on their painted faces when you pull this gem out of the cooler? Oh yeah baby. You know they’ll be asking for this every time you party before the game.
Sun-Dried Tomato Savory Cheesecake
Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Savory Cheesecake has few ingredients, but still delight your family and guests with it's flavor. A savory cheesecake is perfect for an appetizer or a light meal with a salad.
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 1/2 cups crushed Nairn's crackers
- 3 tablespoon melted butter
- 12 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup roasted red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic & Lemon Pepper Old Bay seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups lump crab meat
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Place the cottage cheese in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and set aside.
- Combine the cracker crumb with melted butter in a mixing bowl and stir until combined. They should form a ball when you take a handful and squeeze it. If it doesn’t form a ball, add more melted butter.
- Press the cracker mixture into the bottom of an 8 inch springform pan making sure to go up the sides about an inch.
- Bake at 300 for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crackers are lightly golden.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you prepare the filling.
- Combine the strained cottage cheese with the softened cream cheese and the next five ingredients (egg through black pepper) in the bowl of food process.
- Process until smooth then pour the mixture into a mixing bowl.
- Fold in the lumb crab meat being care not to break up the meat too much.
- Pour the filling into the prepared cracker crust.
- Bake at 300 for 60 to 70 minutes or until there is just a slight jiggle in the center when you shake the pan.
- Allow the cheesecake to cool in the pan 10 minutes before running a knife around the inside edge of the pan.
- Cool completely and then refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 188Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 69mgSodium 357mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 7g
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- Sweet And Spicy Roasted Nuts from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Breakfast and Baked Goods
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- Sweet Potato Pancakes from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
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I love this idea! I have never even thought about a savory cheesecake, but it sounds wonderful and I love roasted red peppers so much. They are one of my favorite ingredients!
Mine, too! You should try savory cheesecakes. They’re delicious and a fun appetizer for parties.
Amy (Savory Moments) says
I’ve never had (or even seen) a savory cheesecake before! This is super creative and would be an amazing addition to a brunch.
Yes! Perfect for brunch or a holiday party. Guests will be pleasantly surprised.
I LOVE savory flavors like this crab cheesecake! As I ate it, it took me back to dinners on the east coast on vacation. Will definitely be making this again!
So glad you enjoyed it!
Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng says
What a great idea! I can so see these as minis on an appetizer table!
Most definitely! Minis would be perefect.
I’ve seen savory cheesecakes before but nothing like this! So interesting!
Lynn @ Fresh April Flours says
I’ve never tried a savory cheesecake, but this sounds so good! I’ve got to try it!
Thank you! I hope you try it. They’re so delicious.
I’m going to have to try savory cheesecakes. This sounds delish.
Thank you! They’re great for a an appetizer or a light meal.
The savory cheesecake looks amazing and is a creative idea! Love the perfect clicks!
Lisa Kerhin says
“Cheeseball on steroids” ….I love that! Such a creative recipe….brilliant!
Wow! I am loving all the flavors in this savory cheesecake. It’s sure to be a hit at my house.
Thanks so much!
I’ve never had a savory cheesecake but it sounds delicious. We love crab and roasted red peppers. I can’t wait to try it.
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.
I am so intrigued by this recipe. I love crab and cheesecake but never thought about making a savory dish like this!
They’re fun to bring to parties and see the looks on their faces when you tell them it’s not for dessert.
Wow Christie! This sounds so good. I love the look of it too!
A savory cheesecake? What a cool idea! Will have to give this a try.
Kathleen Pope says
I love savory quiches, this looks amazing and a special treat!