It’s the Holiday Season…

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.


  1. Well, I don’t know Peabody this might be the most incredible savory but sweet thing I’ve seen in just forever. I’ve no doubt that with this and a recipe of my flat bread, I could eat all of both and think I was a happy cat.
    Gad that really appeals to me.

  2. I really feel as though that pic is leaping out of my screen. Very tasty.

  3. Wow…that looks beautiful

  4. Wow…that looks seriously good, and by that I don’t mean good for my tight jeans fitting. :)

    And I know I often say this but it bears repeating…the pictures are amazing. Yum

  5. Oh man does that look good! It’d be perfect for my Christmas buffet.. that chutney sounds heavenly! Beautiful job, my friend!

  6. The combo is just amasing!!! It has all my favorite ingredients! I feel like to open a bottle of wine now!

  7. That looks ridiculously good. I love this kind of food. I’ve done onion jam, but adding pear is such a delicious idea. Very nice…

  8. This looks absolutely decadent!

  9. I see these savory cheesecake recipes every year at this time and I am always tempted to make one, but I am always afraid that it won’t turn out.

  10. Yeah, I’m speachless…I’ll just continue to drool all over my keyboard. :)

  11. This is such an interesting combination. Your pictures are making my mouth water :)

  12. Wow… blue cheese cheesecake. Is it worth not fitting into my dress at New Years? I think yes.

  13. good God woman! That looks amazing.

  14. Peabody, you amaze me. That’s downright decadent.

  15. What a wonderful idea – I love the idea of a slightly savoury cheesecake that can be served like this!

  16. that’s a gorgeous idea this very cheesycake!

  17. Pears are such a fashion right now, but I still haven’t got around to posted my own recipe…Must find time!

  18. I love pear. I’m sure to keep this in mind when planning the holiday menu.

  19. What an incredible idea. Just the thought of it is making me salivate! Wonderful, I am going to make this as soon as humanly possible! Thank you!

  20. Oh my…I’m going to make this for the Christmas Eve dinner party we’re attending! It looks AMAZING!!

  21. Is that 1-3/4 packages of cream cheese?

  22. Peabody, I just wanted to let you know that this cheesecake was a ROARING success at our dinner party!! We came pretty close to spoiling our prime rib dinner because no one could walk away from it. Thanks for posting such an amazing recipe!!

  23. I was asked to make this for a friends Birthday back in June – I couldn’t decide between the Manchego or the Blue, so I made both… And, folks were falling over themselves and me to get at it!! I was even asked to host a Manchego Cheesecake workshop!

    I changed the crust a bit, made it with a crust of herbed crackers, and added herbs to it.

    It was stunning – and now it’s a favorite for all of us – !

    Alas, now I’m trying to decide which to make with my spiral ham & Veg Barley soup for the holiday party…?

  24. Dianne Johnson says:

    I used to run a B&B and when our town hosted a reception, they asked if I would donate something to eat. I made this. When I went back to get my dish, people were still eating it. I waited around for a few minutes and this very nice lady asked if I had gotten something to eat. She said I absolute had to try the cheesecake and that it was amazing. I had to grin and thoroughly enjoyed telling her I had made it! This may look a little more difficult than some want to tackle, but it is will worth the effort!


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