Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Pear-Onion Jam


It’s funny how tastes change. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be excited about making this recipe, that I found on Pink Parsley, I would have said you were crazy, that blue cheese was gross, and possibly added in that onions mixed with pears sounded weird. Oh, but changed they have. When I saw this recipe I knew immediately that I wanted to make it a part of my appetizers to bring for Christmas Eve. I thought it turned out beautifully. The cheesecake was savory, and the cream cheese balanced out the blue cheese, so it wasn’t too in your face with flavor, but a nice saltiness that paired well with the pear-onion jam.

Now, I will say this wasn’t the hit my Rumaki were, but that’s the thing with different tastes. Everyone generally loves bacon, but may be a little wary of a cheesecake not for dessert with fruit and onions on top. I get that. With that in mind, I may try converting to a 4″ cheesecake for the next go around so it still challenges people to give it a try without leaving me with a full-sized cheesecake to try to repurpose after the party.


Ingredients:

Cheesecake:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 6 ounces Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Pear-Onion Jam:

  • 4 cups onions, diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped pears
  • 2 Tbs raspberry or pear vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:

Cheesecake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese, asiago, and blue cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the cream and pepper and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into the springform pan and bake uncovered, in a water bath, until browned on top and barely set in the center, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.

Pear-Onion Jam:

  1. Sauté onions in the oil over medium heat until softened and browned. Reduce heat and cook an additional 10-15 minutes, until they are beginning to caramelize. Add the pears, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and cayenne. Cook until pears are slightly softened but still crisp.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pears and onions from the skillet into a medium bowl, leaving behind as much of the liquid as possible. Increase heat to medium and cook until the mixture has thickened into a glaze. Mix into the pears and onions, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

  1. To serve, pour the pear-onion jam over the cheesecake, and then remove the sides of the springform pan. Serve with crackers, bread, or apple slices.
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7 thoughts on “Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Pear-Onion Jam

  1. Josie says:

    Such a pretty presentation! I agree that a 9-inch cheesecake is a bit much. I ended up serving it for a few different functions, and had it for a snack a few days as well! Glad you liked it!

  2. Josie says:

    Though I want to add that I didn’t take a half-eaten cheesecake to someone’s house – I would cut a big wedge and arrange it on a platter w/crackers, grapes, apple slices, etc.

  3. maryamongmen says:

    This looks so good! I am giving it a shot for a family dinner this weekend, how far in advance do you think it can be made? I was thinking I might try making it tonight and assembling on Saturday, do you think it would hold up ok?

    • jaimeleben says:

      I would think that would be fine. Honestly, the jam is a little better the second or third day. I would HIGHLY recommend cutting the recipe down and making mini cheesecakes unless you have a very large family, or want to eat blue cheesecake for a week. 🙂

  4. maryamongmen says:

    It was amazing! I made the recipe as is, I only had a 10″ springform pan, so there was no cutting down 😛

    Over half was eaten, and I got a few requests for the recipe (I sent them your link). I’m going to try to freeze the other half.

    Thanks!

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