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Crab And Wild Mushroom Cheesecake With Green Onion Coulis

  • Yield: 12 to 16 brunch servings


  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped assorted fresh wild mushrooms, such as shiitakes, chanterelles, porcini, oysters, or lobster mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1 pound (2 cups) lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
  • 2 1/4 cups Green Onion Coulis


  • Preheat the oven to 350?F.
  • Combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs, and butter until thoroughly blended, and press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the onions and the green and red bell peppers and sautÈ, stirring and shaking the skillet, for 2 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and the salt and pepper, sautÈ for 1 to 2 minutes, remove from the heat.
  • Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese with the eggs in a large bowl until very thick and frothy, for about 5 minutes. Beat in the cream, Gouda, sautÈed vegetables, and crabmeat. Mix until thoroughly incorporated and creamy, for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the filling over the crust in the springform pan and bake until firm, for about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature. If you refrigerate the cake, allow it to come to room temperature, for about 1 hour before serving.
  • While the cheesecake is cooling, prepare the Green Onion Coulis.
  • To serve, cut the cake in wedges with a warm knife and serve each wedge with about 3 tablespoons of the coulis.
  • Note: Remove the crusts from a dense, homemade-type white bread, and crumb 3 or 4 slices at a time in a food processor or blender. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.