Savory Winter Ale and Gouda Cheesecake with Bacon Onion Jam Recipe

Savory Winter Ale and Gouda Cheesecake with Bacon Onion Jam
Joe’s Cakes of The Landmark Inn, Marquette, MI

Cheesecake Filling
• ¾ cup favorite winter beer or ale
• 3 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese softened
• 1 – 5 ounce package of goat cheese softened
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• 5 eggs
• ½ cup gouda – shredded
• ¼ cup flour

• 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
• ½ cup melted butter

• 1 pound bacon strips – coarsely chopped
• 1 large sweet onion, very thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
• 1/3 cup water
• Kosher salt & cracked black pepper

To Prepare Crust
• Add melted butter to bread crumbs and stir until well mixed
• Press into bottom of 8 inch spring form pan, making sure bottom is completely covered
• Bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees
• Remove from oven and let cool completely

To Prepare Filling
• With paddle attachment (do not use whisk) mix softened cream cheese, goat cheese, black pepper and flour until smooth
• Add eggs one at a time until smooth
• Add shredded gouda and mix well
• Add beer or ale and mix well
• Pour filling on top of crust and bake on middle rack with shallow pan of water on bottom rack at 450 degrees for 20 minutes
• Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until top is lightly golden and filling is set
• Cool on wire rack until room temperature
• Refrigerate overnight

To Prepare Jam
• Heat large sauté pan over medium-high heat
• Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally until browned but not crisp
• Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towel
• Add onions to pan and season with salt and pepper
• Cook onions for 2 minutes
• Uncover pan and scape any browned bits off the bottom of pan with spatula or wooden spoon
• Re-cover pan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and beginning to caramelize
• Stir in balsamic vinegar and water
• Return bacon to pan and bring to simmer
• Simmer uncovered until sauce thickens and liquid is almost all absorbed, about 5 to 7 minutes
• Place in bowl and refrigerate until ready to use

• Remove cheesecake from pan while still cold and place on serving platter
• Spread jam thinly over cheese cake
• Garnish with cheese and strips of cooked bacon if desired

Serve with breadsticks, rye toast points or crackers of choice

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