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Mini Red Pepper-Pesto Cheesecakes

01:43:00 8 servings, 3 cheesecake bites each
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Prep Time
20
min.
Total Time
1
hr.
43
min.
Servings

8 servings, 3 cheesecake bites each

Steal the show at your next pot luck with these Mini Red Pepper-Pesto Cheesecakes. These unique savoury pesto cheesecakes will make the perfect addition to the appetizer table.

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  • Heat oven to 325ºF.
  • Combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto bottoms of 24 mini muffin pan cups sprayed generously with cooking spray, adding about 1 tsp. crumb mixture to each prepared cup.
  • Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended.
  • Spoon half the cream cheese mixture into separate bowl; stir in pesto. Add 3 Tbsp. peppers to remaining cream cheese mixture; mix well. Spoon 1 Tbsp. pesto mixture, then 1 Tbsp. pepper mixture into each muffin cup.
  • Bake 12 to 13 min. or until centres are almost set. Cool 10 min. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Run knife around cheesecakes to loosen from sides of cups; remove cheesecakes from pans. Garnish with basil leaves and remaining peppers to resemble holly leaves as shown in photo.

Size Wise

Enjoy eating appetizers at a social occasion, but be mindful of portion size.

How to Test Cheesecake Doneness

To avoid overbaking the cheesecakes, check for doneness at the minimum baking time by gently shaking the pans. If the cheesecakes are done, the edges should be slightly puffed and fillings should be set except for a small area in the centres that will be soft and jiggly. Do not insert a knife into the centres as this may cause the cheesecakes to crack during cooling.

Servings

  • 8 servings, 3 cheesecake bites each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 3 cheesecake bites each
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 290
% Daily Value
Total fat 26g
Saturated fat 15g
Cholesterol 135mg
Sodium 410mg
Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary fibre 1g
Sugars 6g
Protein 7g
   
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 4 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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