Adapted from License to Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby. Make sure you get steaks that are really thick, so they can get a good, strong sear on the outside and still be rare at the center.
This is the consummate cheesecake. You won't want any other's after you've had this one. I like to take my ingredients out on Friday morning before work and bake it Friday night when it's cool and quiet. That way it's ready to serve early Saturday.
Plan ahead the steaks need to marinate for 24 hours. The peppercorn sauce can be made up to 2 hours in advance before using. Measure out 1-1/2 tablespoons of peppercorns before crushing. If you prefer a thick pepper sauce then thicken it up with a little flour/cold water paste and simmer for a minute or so to thicken.
This wonderful cheesecake recipe is from Emeril Lagasse with a few modifications to the crust. One of the secrets to a successful cheesecake that does not crack is to avoid over mixing the batter. The zest adds such a great flavor and it really is simply delicious.
I found this recipe in a magazine years ago. It's the best cheesecake I have ever tasted! The recipe calls for graham cracker crumbs but sometimes I use vanilla wafer crumbs. This recipe is submitted in loving memory of my friend Ronnie.
This recipe is from a well-known local bakery (Rosie's) and was recently published in the food section of our local newspaper. Prep time is approximate and includes cooling time, and cook time includes the first melting step. This recipe is made in 2-stages (the brownie and the cheesecake) and is indicated in the recipe below.