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Dive into the Tropics with a Seafood Cheesecake.

seafood cheesecake

Forget sandy beaches and fruity cocktails, there’s a new way to transport your taste buds to paradise: Conch and Shrimp Cheesecake. This savory spin on the classic dessert swaps sweetness for vibrant seafood flavors, creating a creamy, savory sensation that will have your guests clamoring for seconds.

This Seafood Cheesecake might sound unconventional, but trust me, this creamy, savory, and slightly sweet delight will have your taste buds doing a happy jig. Ready to embark on this culinary adventure? Let’s set sail and chart the course to crafting a show-stopping masterpiece:

Choosing Your Ocean Treasure:

The beauty of this dish lies in its versatility. Soft Conch meat, Flaky crabmeat, plump shrimp, or even delicate lobster chunks – each offers a unique texture and taste. Feel free to mix and match for a symphony of the sea! Just remember, pre-cooked and diced or flaked seafood ensures even distribution and ease of mixing.

The Seafood Cheesecake Key Players

The Conch & Shrimp Cheesecake boasts a vibrant mix of creamy cheeses, fresh seafood, and punchy aromatics, all coming together to create a savory symphony on your plate. Here’s a closer look at the key players:

Creamy Core:

  • Cream Cheese: The foundation of the cheesecake, offering a rich, tangy base. Imagine fluffy clouds gently cradling the other flavors.
  • Mascarpone: Adding a silky smoothness and depth to the creaminess. Think of it as the luxurious whisper of sunshine on your tongue.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Providing a salty kiss and umami boost, grounding the sweetness of the cheeses and seafood. It’s like the whisper of the salty ocean breeze.

Oceanic Treasures:

  • Cooked Conch: This tender, slightly sweet shellfish offers a unique texture and a subtle ocean flavor. Picture delicate waves swirling through the creaminess.
  • Shrimp: Plump and succulent, adding a briny sweetness and a hint of crustacean delight. Think of it as playful dolphins diving in and out of the cheesy waves.
seafood cheesecake

Aromatic Ensemble:

  • Sweet Red Pepper: A vibrant color explosion with a subtle sweetness that dances with the seafood. Imagine juicy slices of sunshine warming the creamy landscape.
  • Scallions & Parsley: These fresh herbs bring a bright, verdant touch, like verdant seagrass swaying in the current.
  • Garlic & Pepper: A fiery duo adding a subtle warmth and depth. Think of it as the sun kissing the ocean, leaving a faint shimmer of spice.
  • Lime Juice: A zesty twist, cutting through the richness and adding a vibrant, tropical feel. Picture a refreshing splash of ocean spray.
  • Red Onion: A subtle punch of color and sharpness, like playful coral reefs peeking through the creamy waters.

Finally, the crackers or bread serve as sturdy ships navigating the creamy ocean, ready to transport each bite to your taste buds.

Each ingredient in this dish is meticulously chosen to play its part in the symphony of flavors. So, get ready to dive into a truly unique and delicious experience with every bite!

Building the Foundation:

Forget boring graham crackers and embrace the salty goodness of a buttery cracker– Parmesan crust. For a smoky whisper, add crumbled bacon. Pre-bake this base to golden perfection – it’s the anchor that holds the ocean of flavors together.

The Creamy Core:

This is where the magic happens! Start with room-temperature cream cheese and a touch of mascarpone for a velvety canvas. Whisk in eggs one at a time, followed by a splash of heavy cream for richness. Now, fold in your chosen bounty of the sea – like plump shrimp and tender conch. Herbs like dill or chives add a fresh, fragrant touch. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and maybe a hint of lemon zest for a bright, balanced whisper.

seafood cheesecake
seafood cheesecake

Baking to Bliss:

A gentle water bath is your friend here. This steamy method ensures even baking and prevents unwanted cracks. Bake until the edges are set, but the center retains a slight jiggle. Patience is key – let the cheesecake cool completely before slicing and serving.

Topping Time:

Get creative! A dollop of sour cream with fresh herbs adds a cool counterpoint. For a touch of luxury, drizzle with caviar or smoked salmon. Roasted cherry tomatoes with balsamic glaze offer a pop of sweetness and acidity. Get inspired and have fun!

Beyond the Basics:

Don’t be afraid to experiment! Swap breadcrumbs for crushed potato chips for a crunchy surprise. Add a touch of Old Bay seasoning to the filling for a spicy kick. Play with different cheeses – Gruyère for a nutty bite or goat cheese for a tangy twist.

Seafood Cheesecake is more than just a dish; it’s a conversation starter, a delightful surprise, and a testament to your culinary prowess. So, don your apron, grab your whisk, and get ready to create a masterpiece that will leave your guests raving about the day you brought the ocean to their plate.

Bonus Tip: Leftovers? Whip up some mini fish tacos with leftover filling and crust crumble – they’ll disappear faster than you can say, “Ahoy!”

Remember, the key to successful Seafood Cheesecake is fresh ingredients, a bit of creativity, and a whole lot of passion. So, dive in, explore, and savor the delicious possibilities!

seafood cheesecake

Seafood Cheesecake

Seafood Cheesecake is made with a mixture of fresh seafood and a creamy mixture of cream cheese and spices
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 packages Cream Cheese 8 oz each and softened
  • 1 1/4 cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Cooked Conch finely chopped, about 2 whole pieces
  • 1 cup Shrimp deveined, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Red Pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Scallions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion Finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl of a stand-up mixer, add cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and parmesan cheese. Beat cheeses on low speed for about 1 minute until well blended then on medium high speed continue beating for 4 more minutes. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. On low speed, add flour and blend well.
  • On low speed, slowly add flour and blend well and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix all ingredients. Fold seafood mixture into cheeses mixture and blend well until well incorporated. Prepare cheesecake pan by spraying the inside with baking spray. Add cheese mixture and bake on middle rack in the preheated oven for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Completely cool cake and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator overnight or for 6 hours until firm. Serve with crackers or bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 18Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 11gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 270mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Corn Allergy:

Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.

Originally published on October 24, 2014. Revised and updated.

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