Blue Cheesecake with Pear Preserves and Pecans
Created by Donna Thomas
1st place — 2015 Party Foods
This unique party appetizer combines the unique flavor of blue cheese with the sweet taste of pear preserves and every Texan’s favorite nut – the pecan. Ideal dish for a holiday party or a fun gathering among friends.
- ½ cup pecan halves
- 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz. blue cheese, chopped
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/5 (11.5 oz.) jar pear preserves
- Crackers, seedless re grapes and assorted vegetables
Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in shallow pan for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through (roughly chop or use halves). Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Beat cream cheese, blue cheese, sour cream, chives and parsley at medium speed with electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition; fold in flour. Spoon cheese mixture into a light greased 7-inch springform pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until set. Run knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Cover and chill for 8 hours. Spoon preserves over top; sprinkle with pecans. Serve with crackers, red grapes and assorted vegetables.
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