Savoury Cheesecake Bites

Author: Canadian Living

Three different fillings provide a variety of tastes and colours. If you prefer one filling only, triple the ingredients for the one you choose.

  • Portion size 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 pkg cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
Peppy Pizza Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 sweet red pepper finely diced
  • sweet red pepper
Smoked Salmon Filling:
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped smoked salmon (about 2 oz/50 g)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • fresh dill sprigs
Tex-Mex Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Method

Spray 5 miniature tart tins generously with nonstick cooking spray or brush evenly with shortening. In bowl, combine bread crumbs and butter until moistened. Press 1 tsp (5 mL) into bottom of each tart tin. Bake in 300°F (150°C) oven for 8 minutes or until toasted and set.

In bowl, beat cream cheese; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in flour, salt and pepper; beat in sour cream. Divide batter among 3 bowls.

Smoked Salmon Filling: Stir salmon, dill and lemon juice into first bowl.

Peppy Pizza Filling: Stir tomato sauce, Parmesan, basil, oregano and diced red pepper into second bowl.

Tex-Mex Filling: Stir coriander, lime juice, chili powder, cumin and ginger into third bowl.

Spoon 1 tbsp (15 mL) filling over each tart base. Bake in 300°F (150°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or just until filling is set. Let cool to room temperature on rack. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to 24 hours.

Run knife around edge of each cheesecake to loosen; transfer to serving platter. Garnish smoked salmon cheesecakes with fresh dill sprigs. Garnish pizza cheesecakes with red pepper slivers. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

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