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                       SOUTHWEST APPETIZER CHEESECAKE
 
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cheesecakes
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         Shirley Ferguson -- mhrh24b
    8      ounce         Cream cheese -- softened
    8      ounce         Ricotta cheese
    8      ounce         Cheddar cheese -- shredded
    1      package       Taco seasoning mix
    8      ounce         Sour cream -- can use light
    3                    Eggs
    1      can           Green chilies, diced -- drained
      1/2  cup           Red bell pepper -- diced
                         -----TOPPING-----
      3/4  cup           Salsa -- med. or hot
                         Scallions -- chopped
                         Parsley -- chopped
 
 Beat cream cheese, recotta and cheddar cheese with taco seasoning. Add sour
 cream. Beat in eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Fold in
 chilies and red pepper. Pour into greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350~
 for 50 minutes or until center of cake is firm. Cool on wire rack for 30
 minutes. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Just before serving spread
 salsa over top of cake and garnish with parsley and scallions. Serve with
 chips or crackers. Freezes well. **If you do not have ricotta, you can
 substitute an additional 8 oz. cream cheese. I have also topped this with
 William Sonoma’s Geronimo peppers; (in addition to the toppings mentioned).
 Made for a very festive look.
 
 Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find these anywhere else.
 
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