Reading Food Blogs Can Be Dangerous to Your Health – Crab and Mushroom Cheesecakes

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on November 4, 2010

Reading food blogs can be dangerous to your health. Seriously, after perusing my favorite food  blogs I often become obsessed with dishes – they keep me up at night thinking about them, they invade my dreams and  I spend hours in kitchen experimenting with them. In short, they have the ability to drive me a bit insane (and hence the reasonthey can be dangerous to your health). Such was the case recently when I was drooling reading a wonderful dessert blog – Bakers Royale and came across these amazing   little individual  cheesecakes. They are cute if not downright adorable and the flavor combinations/possibilities are endless (hence the reason I was up all night thinking about them). My musings though took a  turn and I started thinking about – what else? Savory cheesecakes!! A perfect individual sized portion brimming with tender and sweet crab and earthy mushrooms. Paired with a small mound of lightly dressed greens, it the perfect starter for an elegant meal – or if you are feeling really indulgent, a luxurious brunch entree.  Like all perfect starters, this one can be made and baked in advance and then re warmed slightly before serving.


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Priscilla - She's Cookin' November 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Hi Nancy! I’m trying desperately to catch up on my reading after being gone for two weeks. Just visited Kim @RGB and can’t believe that we hoarded the same thing as kids – Mounds! I love your savory cheesecakes – truth be told, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, except for things with coconut :)


My Man's Belly November 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

These are gorgeous Nancy! You covered (or uncovered) our mental stability and it’s crumbling foundation of healthiness….but how about those ever expanding waistlines of our? ;)


lisaiscooking November 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Savory cheesecakes sound great, and I can never resist crab. Good to know they can be made in advance and re-heated. They sound fantastic for a brunch party!


Nancy November 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I can’t resist crab either!! These would be wonderful for brunch or as a first course and being able to make ahead and re hat is a huge help!


erica @ fashionmeetsfood November 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

wow this sounds out of this world. Definitely may have to give it a try! I just found your blog and am loving it! You have a new follower!



Nancy November 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hi Erica!!

Awww. you just made my day!!! So glad that you like the blog… I’ve got some fun things coming up so stay tuned!!


Cathy/ShowFoodChef November 8, 2010 at 7:05 am

Nancy, these are so beautiful! I have that pan, too. My hubs is allergic to crab, but I’m thinking maybe salmon? would be good. Open to your suggestions, too. Must try it!


Nancy November 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Hi Cathy!!!

Smoked salmon would be awesome and so would shrimp or artichokes!! Great thing about this recipe is that it’s pretty versatile!!!


Mary C. November 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm

These look so delicious, thank you.

If I don’t want to buy the cheesecake pans, what size springform pan would I use?
And how much extra time would you bake them?


Nancy November 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Hi Mary!!

Great question and info. I should have included – will have to go back and fix! I would make this in a 7 inch springform if you have one – if you only have a 9 inch I would try that but will probably cook in a bit less time – I set timer for 20 minutes and check to see how “jiggly” it is and then go from there!


JehanP November 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I haven’t tried a savory cheesecake as yet but I’ve been wanting to for a long time. This looks like a great recipe to start with.


Nancy November 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

This one could not be simpler – with the holidays coming up it really makes for an easy and impressive starter!


Julia November 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I love savory cheesecakes w/ almost my whole heart. I actually make mine, chill them and use as a dip w/ some bread and crackers. I like the idea of keeping them warm and serving them for brunch. Im gonna have to try that!!!!


Nancy November 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Most people do make larger ones and serve them as a spread or dip so I thought this would be a fun and manageable way to serve them as an appetizer!


Amanda November 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Wow what an interesting concept- savory cheesecakes. I never would have thought of that! They look so delicious. It really looks just absolutely heavenly!


Nancy November 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Hi Amanda!

My husband’s first reaction was.. “whoa these are delicious” – which was my first clue I was on to something! Love that you can make them in advance!!


Kim November 19, 2010 at 12:04 am

Oh my! Did you know that crab meat is on sale this week for $5.99/lb? In our house, that means “eat crab for dinner!” I agree – reading food blogs is entirely dangerous. To the point where I need to take. a. step. back.

I’ll try that on January 1. For now… let’s see what gluttonous dishes we can all come up with!



Nancy November 19, 2010 at 12:23 am

$5.99/ lb?? Fabulous!!!! He he… the holidays are here and there are gluttonous dishes to be had (and eaten!!)


Mona January 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

Thank You!!! I just tried this recipe out to see if I can use it for one of my events & WOW! This will be a huge hit thanks to you:)
I will have to share a few of mine. My job is private catering for the Alaska Scallop Association & besides Weathervane Scallops I always have Alaskan Crab to prepare for my events.


Nancy January 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Hi Mona!!

Yeah!! I am so glad that this recipe worked for you. Will check out the Alaska Scallop Association!!


afracooking April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

Oh what a tasty find this recipe has been! Its a great dish for entertaining. As you can make it ahead it is fabulous for feeding a crowd. I enjoyed it so much I posted it on my blog. Thank you so much!


Nancy April 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

I am so glad that you enjoyed it and happy that you are sharing it with others!!


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