2-8oz. pkgcream cheese, softened (can use lowfat)
2 cshredded monterey jack cheese (8 oz)
2 csour cream (can use lowfat), divided
3eggs, lightly beaten (can use egg substitute)
1 csalsa (choose any level of hotness-i use mild)
1-4 oz can(s)chopped green chiles, drained
Halfthe sour cream
·guacamole for middle of top
1 mediumtomato, chopped or halved/chopped grape tomatoes
How to Make SALSA CHEESECAKE
- In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and Jack cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 cup sour cream just until combined. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in salsa and chilies.
- Pour into a greased 9 inch spring form pan (or 2 small spring forms).
Place pan on baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 min or until center is almost set.
- Remove from oven; immediately spread with remaining sour cream.
Cool on wire rack for 10 min. Run knife around edge to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate in pan overnight or minimum 5 hours.
- To serve, remove sides of pan. Garnish with guacamole in center and sprinkle top with diced tomato. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers, or forks. Refrigerate leftovers. Yld 20-24 servings for full recipe or 2 smaller cheesecakes. Can make half recipe for 1 small springform pan size cheesecake. Red and green of Guacamole and chopped tomatoes on top make a festive holiday appetizer or can use all year round.