|Cheap (and elegant) eats
||[Feb. 17th, 2010|09:58 am]
I threw a baby shower for my sister, and it couldn't have gone better. The food was INCREDIBLE! I can say that since I only made some of it. :) But I was delighted and shocked that the main dish I whipped up was so affordable. When I tested this recipe, I bought the ingredients at the grocery store for about 18 dollars, and it made 4 feta cheesecakes. I needed to make 48 of them for the shower, and it cost less than $40 for the ingredients at Costco.|
Preheat oven to 350
* 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened (I used salted butter because I love me some salt.)
* bread crumbs ($2- at the store, will last me the rest of my life)
* 8 oz cream cheese (Philadelphia is always best, and was less than $6 for 3 lbs at Costco)
* 2 large eggs
* 1/4 cup sour cream (again, three pound tub at Costco for around 4 dollars)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
* 1/4 cup strong cheese, like feta, or blue if you prefer. (24 oz tub of Athens Brand feta for $6 at Costco.)
Use your finger and butter the inside of 4oz or 6 oz. ramekins.
Add breadcrumbs to coat the inside (like when you grease and flour a cake pan)
Whip the cream cheese with a stand mixer until smooth. Add eggs, sour cream, salt, pepper, and half the parsley. Whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl occasionally.
Pour the mixture into the ramekins, then top with feta and remaining parsley.
Place on baking sheet and cook for about 25 minutes. The center will look a little wet. Cool ten minutes, then release from ramekins.
We tossed some baby greens($3 at Coscto,)dried blueberries, and candied pecans in a balsamic vinaigrette, and topped and shaved white cheddar. We also made a fruit salad of mixed berries on a cantaloupe wedge. It was a gorgeous presentation. To keep costs down, you can serve this instead on some baby greans or baby spinach, or arugala,lightly tossed in vinaigrette, and serve the cheesecake on top. It is a lovely presentation.