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Blue Cheese Cheesecake With Baby Greens, Candied Walnuts And A Pear Vinaigrette

  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup toasted bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 pound good-quality blue cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Baby greens for serving
  • Pear Vinaigrette
  • Candied Walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine bread crumbs, walnuts and melted butter and process until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture on the bottom and partially up the sides of an 8-inch springform pan. Set aside.

  • In a mixing bowl combine blue cheese and cream cheese and mix until smooth. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and combine well. Using a spatula, transfer cheese mixture to the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the cake is golden brown and not loose in the center.

  • While the cake is baking, make the Pear Vinaigrette and Candied Walnuts.

  • When the cake is puffed, golden brown and not loose in the center, transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

  • Serve the cake warm, with a salad of baby greens tossed with the Pear Vinaigrette, garnished with the Candied Walnuts.