Aug 142014
 

Cheesecakes are not just for dessert. Here is a savory cheesecake from Emeril that shows savory cheesecakes are just as tasty as sweet ones.

For the crust:

  • 1 cup plain, unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Parmagiano Reggiano cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly warm

Combine the cheese, bread crumbs and Creole seasoning in a bowl. Add the melted butter and mix together just until the butter is evenly incorporated and the mixture is moist. Spread around the bottom of a 9-inch springform cake pan, and press down with your hands to form the crust.

For the filling:

  • 1 pound andouille, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups smoked Gouda cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 16 turns freshly ground black pepper

In a large skillet, sauté the andouille until slightly browned. Drain off the rendered fat, and reserve. In another skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions, peppers and garlic until the onions are translucent, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the shrimp and sauté lightly — the shrimp will bake in the cheesecake, and you don’t want them overcooked and tough. Add the andouille and incorporate.

In the bowl of a mixer (a nice KitchenAid makes this easy), mix the cream cheese, smoked Gouda cheese and cream. Use the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add the andouille-shrimp-vegetable mixture. Add the eggs and mix them in. Scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple fo times during mixing. Add the salt and pepper.

Pour into the springform pan over the crust. Prepare a bain marie in a baking dish with 1 inch of warm water, seal the bottom and sides of the pan with aluminum foil to prevent leakage, and set the pan in the bain marie. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 65 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set. It should be browned on the top and feel firm to the touch.

For the coulis:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced, with their juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons Creole mustard

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic and shallot until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the Creole seasoning and Creole mustard, stir. Purée in a food processor or blender, and strain. Let cool to room temperature.

Presentation

Place a pool of about 1/4 cup coulis on each plate. Place a slice of cheesecake on the coulis. Sprinkle freshly chopped chives over and around the cake. Top the cheesecake with about a tablespoon of coarsely grated Parmagiano Reggiano cheese. Garnish the back of the cheesecake slice with an edible flower, and place a few smaller edible flowers around the coulis. Sprinkle Creole seasoning around the rim of the plate. Enjoy!!

Serves 12.

 

Enjoy!!!

CreoleCajunChef

I lived in New Orleans, since birth, until Hurricane Katrina. I now live in Arkansas with my wife and our spoiled-rotten dog. I have been cooking since I was 8. My first cookbook, You can't keep New Orleans out of the cook, is now available at publishamerica.net and most online bookstores. It is also available on Kindle and Nook.