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Sweet Basil Cheesecake

We are finally settled into our new home and ready to start at the Farmers Market.  Here is what we will be serving this weekend at the Stuart Green Market.

Sweet Basil Cheesecake

Ingredients

Butter, for greasing the pan

1/2 cup (4 ounces) ricotta cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/3 cup (3 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature

1 tablespoon sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

1 large egg yolk, at room temperature

Pinch fine sea salt

1/2 packed cup chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, for serving

Serving suggestion: assorted crackers

Special equipment: 4 1/2-inch diameter springform pan, about 2 1/2 inches tall

 

Directions

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 4 1/2-inch diameter springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment paper. Wrap the outside of the pan with a piece of heavy-duty foil.

Place the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, and goat cheese in a food processor. Pulse

until mixed. Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and salt and blend until smooth. Add the basil and pulse until incorporated. Pour the cheese mixture into the prepared pan. Place the pan in an 8-inch by 8-inch square baking dish. Pour enough hot water in the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake until the cheesecake is golden at the edges and the center of the cake moves slightly when the pan is gently shaken (the cheesecake will become firm when chilled), about 50 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven for 1 hour. Remove the springform pan from the baking dish and remove the foil. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 3 hours and up to 2 days. Remove the cheesecake from the springform pan. Allow the cheesecake to come to room temperature before serving, about 30 minutes.

Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the cheesecake with extra-virgin olive oil and serve with assorted crackers.

Or try this fall variation with pumpkin

Ingredients

½ cup ricotta cheese

½ cup cream cheese

1/3 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese

6 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons green onions, chopped

3 heaping tablespoons of canned pumpkin

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 tablespoon sugar

Pinch of sea salt

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Stuffed Onions

By Chef Lippe

These are called cebola recheada (stuffed onion) in Brazil. They can be stuffed with all kinds of meat (chicken, turkey, even beef)  I have used chicken this time with a slice of goat cheese on top. If you love onions and stuffing you will love these.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon butter, plus 4 teaspoons

4 Large onions (about 3 ½ inches)

1 ½ cups finely chopped celery

2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley

½ teaspoon crumbled dried savory

¼ teaspoon thyme

¼ teaspoon crumbled dried basil

1/8 teaspoon crumbled dried sage

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup heavy cream

Goat Cheese

 

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 350

 

Brush tablespoon of butter over bottom and sides of a shallow baking dish.

 

Drop onions into enough boiling water to cover them completely and cook for about 10 minutes. Drain in colander and cut off the root ends. Slip off the papery outer skins. Cut about a ¼ inch slice off top, and scoop out the center to leave a shell about ¼ inch thick.

 

Stuffing:

To make the stuffing, combine the chicken, celery, parsley, savory, basil, thyme, sage, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss them together. Pour in the cream and stir until the stuffing is evenly moistened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Spoon stuffing into the onion shells. Arrange the onions side by side in buttered dish and dot the tops with a pat of butter and a slice of cheese.

 

Bake in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes, or  until onions are golden brown and tender.

 

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