*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                          SPINACH PESTO CHEESECAKE
 
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Main Dish                        Cheesecakes
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      3/4   c            Fine dry breadcrumbs
      1/3   c            Ground pine nuts or walnuts
      1/4   c            Grated Parmesan cheese
      1/3   c            Butter or margarine, melted
    1       c            Coarsely chopped fresh
                         Spinach
      1/3   c            Grated Parmesan cheese
      1/4   c            Pine nuts or walnut pieces
    1                    Large clove garlic, halved
      1/4   ts           Salt
      1/4   ts           Freshly ground pepper
      1/3   c            Olive oil
    3       pk           8 oz. cream cheese softened
    3                    Eggs
      1/4   c            Milk
 
   Combine first 4 ingredients;  press on bottom and 1
   in. up sides of an 8-inch springform pan.  Set aside.
   
   Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add
   spinach and next 5 ingredients.  Top with cover;
   process until smooth.  With processor running, pour
   oil through food chute in a steady stream until
   mixture is blended.
   
   Beat cream cheese at high speed of an electric mixer
   until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time,
   beating well after each addition. Add milk and spinach
   mixture, mixing well.
   
   Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Bake at 300 degrees F
   for 1 hour or until almost set.  Turn oven off, and
   partially open oven door; leave cheesecake in oven 1
   hour.  Serve immediately, or let cool on wire rack.
   Cover and chill.  Garnish, if desired, with pine nuts
   or walnut halves.
  
 
 
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