Gorgonzola Cheesecake with Gorgonzola and Dried Strawberries

Makes 6-8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • Butter for the pan
  • 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
  • 2 2/3 c. (about 1 lb.) gorgonzola cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 c. sour cream, divided
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 c. whole dried strawberries

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300°F. Butter bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

Beat cream cheese and gorgonzola cheese in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in 1 cup sour cream. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake 60-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.

Carefully spread remaining 1 1/2 cups sour cream over top of cheesecake. Return to oven 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate 12 to 24 hours.

To serve, place on serving plate. Carefully remove rim of pan, leaving cake on bottom. Using a pepper mill, grind pepper over top of cake. Top with strawberries. Chef suggests serving with or on crusty bread.

Photo & recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.