Savory Blue Cheesecake

This wonderful recipe is from “Cooking with Herbs” Workshop at the James Beard Foundation
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
2 teaspoons fresh Mexican mint marigold chopped
1-1/2 pounds cream cheese at room temperature
12 ounces bleu cheese, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons fresh Spanish or Greek oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped


2 cups sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped chives

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Rub generously with butter the sides and bottom of a 10-inch spring-form pan. Combine bread crumbs and marigold, evenly coating buttered surfaces with mixture. Set aside.

Beat cheeses at low speed with electric mixer until well blended, about 2 minutes. Scrape sides of bowl and add sour cream; beat at medium speed for one minute. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the onion, garlic, pepper, mustard and herbs.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 1-1/2 hours or until set in center.

Combine topping ingredients. When cake is almost set, remove from oven and let stand 5-20 minutes. Spread topping over cake; return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until the sour cream is set. Cool on wire rack for 1-1/2 to 2 hours before removing from pan. Chill thoroughly, preferable overnight. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.

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