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.
- 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
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.