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Southwest Cheesecake

Southwest Cheesecake

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2005

  • Yield: Makes 25 appetizer servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed blue tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 (8-ounce) containers sour cream, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen guacamole (thawed)
  • 1 medium-size tomato, seeded and diced
  • Tortilla chips or crackers

Preparation

Combine crushed tortilla chips and 1/4 cup softened butter, and press into bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan.

Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Beat cream cheese, shredded cheese, and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add 1 container sour cream, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in salsa and chiles. Pour over prepared crust.

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove pan from oven; let stand 10 minutes on a wire rack. Gently run a knife around edge of pan to loosen sides. Remove sides of pan; let cheesecake cool completely.

Stir together remaining 2 containers sour cream until smooth; spread evenly over top of cooled cheesecake. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or up to 1 day. Spread evenly with guacamole; sprinkle with diced tomatoes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

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