Cashel Blue Cheesecake With Pickled Pears

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Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

A savory first course. From Carole Norman at Crackpots. Adapted from The New Irish Table. Prep time includes time for the pears to marinate. Cook time includes cooling time.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper and peppercorns in a jar.
  2. Cover tightly and shake until well-blended.
  3. Place pears in a glass bowl and pour the dressing over them.
  4. Cover and refrigerate 2-4 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Combine biscuit crumbs and scallions in a small bowl.
  7. Blend in butter.
  8. Press into the bottom of a lightly buttered 9" springform pan (or eight 4" springform pans).
  9. Bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes.
  10. Let cool on a rack for 20 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle blue cheese over base.
  12. Place eggs, cream cheese, chives and green onions in a food processor.
  13. Process until smooth, 10-20 seconds.
  14. Sprinkle with pepper.
  15. Spoon over the blue cheese.
  16. Bake until browned and set, about 25-30 minutes.
  17. Let cool on a rack for 25-30 minutes.
  18. Remove sides of pan(s).
  19. To serve, place slices or individual cheesecakes on a plate, and surround with greens and pears.
  20. Drizzle some of the pear juice over the greens.