I made only a half recipe and it was still a lot of food. The breadcrumb mixture didn't seem to add much so I would omit it next time. For sure though, put a piece of parchment on the bottom of your springform pan. It is impossible to lift the cheesecake off nicely without it. My crazy oven was too hot so the top is browner than I would like. I did try freezing my leftovers just to see if it would work. Although it was edible, I would not serve it to guests after freezing.
The flavours were great. I served it with all of my homemade crackers and flatbreads.
Artichoke Cheesecake adapted from Southern Living
¼ c fine, dry breadcrumbs
¼ c grated Parmesan cheese
2 T dried Italian seasoning
2-8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 c crumbled feta cheese
3 large eggs
1-8 oz container sour cream
1-14oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
¾ c chopped roasted sweet red pepper
¾ c chopped green pepper
¾ c chopped green onions (including ½” green tops)
1 large garlic clove, pressed
1 t dried tarragon
1 t dried basil
garnish – fresh tarragon
GENEROUSLY butter a 9" springform pan. Mix first 3 ingredients; coat bottom of pan with breadcrumb mixture, and set aside remaining mixture.
PROCESS cream cheese in a food processor bowl until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Add feta cheese, eggs, and sour cream.. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Add chopped artichoke and next 6 ingredients to processor bowl. Stir well. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
BAKE, uncovered, at 375F for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Chill at least 2 hours.
CAREFULLY remove sides of springform pan. Pat reserved breadcrumb mixture on sides of cheesecake. Garnish, if desired. Serve with toast points or assorted crackers.
Herbed Flatbread adapted from Martha Stewart Living
1 cup warm water (about 110F)
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 large egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
sea salt, for sprinkling
1/4 cup fresh rosemary or thyme
Place the water in a medium sized bowl and sprinkle the yeast. Let stand until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, oil, 2 teaspoons coarse salt, and the sugar. Stir until a dough forms.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 2 minutes. Use as much flour as necessary so it is not a sticky dough. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and roll the dough around in the bowl so that it is also lightly oiled on the surface. Cover with saran wrap. Let stand in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F. Divide dough into 16 equal portions and cover with plastic wrap. Roll out each piece to approximately 4"x10" on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with the egg mixture and sprinkle with sea salt and herbs.
Bake, rotating sheet halfway through baking, until crisp and golden, 18-22 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.