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Ham and Swiss Appetizer Cheesecake

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24

Savory appetizer cheesecakes have great make-ahead convenience. The terrific combination of ham and Swiss cheese is classic. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
cup crushed round wheat crackers (about 28 crackers)
3
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2
packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup whipping (heavy) cream
2
eggs
2
cups finely shredded Swiss cheese (8 ounces)
1
cup chopped fully cooked ham
1/2
cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers (from 7.25-ounce jar)
4
medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
package (13 ounces) assorted crackers

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°. Mix crushed crackers and butter until well blended. Press evenly in bottom of springform pan, 9x3 inches. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add whipping cream and eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in cheese, ham, bell peppers, onions and thyme. Spoon evenly over crust in pan.
  • 3
    Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until center is set. Run knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  • 4
    Remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on serving platter. Cut into wedges. Serve with crackers.

Expert Tips

  • You can use fresh marjoram instead of the thyme if you like.
  • This cheesecake is perfect to tote to a gathering. Just leave it in the springform pan until you're ready to serve. Pack your garnishes separately, and decorate at the party.
  • Arrange the cheesecake on a pretty platter. Top with roasted red pepper cutouts of poinsettia leaves and the thyme sprigs.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
155
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
0%
Saturated Fat
9g
0%
Cholesterol
55mg
0%
Sodium
30mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1g
0%
Protein
7g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
14%
14%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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