Well the holiday season is in full swing and so are the parties. And parties mean party food! If I had not been sicker than sick for onion day, this would have been my entry. But alas the forces of nature did not allow that and so I am presenting my dish to you now. I love this dish and bring it often to parties. This can be presented in two ways. One as an appetizer, where you would put a nice wedge on a plate along with some greens and some bread. Or two, the way I do it most often as a “spread” for crackers, bread and what not. The cheesecake itself is good but it is the onion pear jam/chutney(which ever you prefer) is what makes this special. So if you want to serve something a little unusual but tasty, put this out on your holiday buffet table.
Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Onion Pear Jam
1 3/4 lbs softened cream cheese
8 oz shredded Asiago cheese
8 oz blue cheese, crumbled
5 large eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp white pepper
Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream cheeses together until smooth.
Add eggs one at a time.
Add cream and pepper. Combine.
Bake uncovered in a water bath until golden brown and center is set.About 45-50 minutes.
Cool Completely, remove sides of pan.
Onion Pear Jam
4 cups onions, diced
1 tsp olive oil
2 cups pears, peeled, chopped
2 TBSP fruit vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Saute onions in oil until brown. Reduce heat and cook until glazed.
Add pears, vinegar, sugar, cayenne and salt. Cook till pears are crispy tender.
Remove mixture ans simmer juice utnil a thick glaze.
Mix pear onion mixture with glaze. Cool.
Cover cooled cheesecke with jam and serve with bread or crackers.