Jalapeño Cheesecake
Lyndsay Burginger

Jalapeño Cheesecake


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Jalapeño Cheesecake

Jalapeño Cheesecake

Sweet and savory, what more can you ask for in a Jalapeño Cheesecake? Serve it for dessert or as a fun party appetizer for all of your friends.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine American, Heartland
Servings 20 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Crust

  • 35 ritz crackers
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 T melted butter

For the Filling

  • 3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 7 jalapeños, deseeded and chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

For the Topping

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 6 bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions
 

For the Crust

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF. In a food processor add the ritz crackers and pulse until the crackers are in small crumbs. Add in the cheese, bacon and melted butter and pulse until crumbs are moist.
  • Press the crumbs into a 9-inch springform pan, using a measuring cup to press into a uniform bottom and up the sides. Bake 10 minutes and let cool.

For the Filling

  • Using a hand mixer or your KitchenAid, whip the cream cheese with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add in the sour cream and mix until combined. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Fold in jalapeños.
  • Pour the mixture into the crust and smooth. Bake from 1 hour.

For the Topping

  • While the cheesecake bakes, stir together the sour cream, lemon and sugar. Once the cheesecake has baked an hour, remove from oven and pour the topping onto the cheesecake. Let bake 10-15 minutes more.
  • Once the time is up and cheesecake is slightly set, turn off the oven and crack the oven door open. Let the cheesecake cool for about two hours in the oven.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the oven and place in the fridge to chill overnight. Before serving top with chopped bacon and serve.
    Jalapeno-Cheesecake

Notes

Use gloves when cutting up jalapeños to prevent accidentally touching your eyes or face.
You can also prepare the cheesecake filling in a food processor.

Perfect Pairing

Serve this cheesecake alongside some Perfect Guacamole to make it a party.