Cheddar and Ham Cheesecake

Breakfast Cheesecake

This cheesecake loaded with ham and cheese is the perfect breakfast food.
This cheesecake loaded with ham and cheese is the perfect breakfast food.

Rich Cheesy Cheesecake

Often when you think of cheesecake, you think of dessert. There is nothing better than a creamy smooth rich Cherry Cheesecake. But what you might not know is cheesecake can be for breakfast too.

OK, I admit have had dessert for breakfast. This recipe isn’t dessert. It reminds me more of a velvety rich quiche.


1/4 c fine breadcrumbs, toasted

8 oz thinly sliced ham

(3) 8 oz packages cream cheese, let stand at room temperature.

16 oz sharp cheddar, grated

1 c cottage cheese, small curd

1 c chopped onion

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cilantro

4 Eggs

2 Jalapenos, minced

2 Tb Milk

1 Garlic clove, halved, seeded and finely chopped

Directions for outer coat of cheesecake:

1. Preheat oven to 325.

2. Butter 9" springform pan evenly.

3. Mix breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese.

4. Sprinkle mixture into pan, turning to coat.

5. Refrigerate to allow it to set up.

Directions for remaining:

1. Set aside half of the ham slices. Dice the other half.

2. Mix diced ham with remaining ingredients in blender until smooth.

3. Pour slightly more than half of filling into prepared cooled pan.

4. Top with reserved ham slices in even layer.

5. Cover with remaining filling.

6. Set pan on baking sheet. Bake 85 minutes.

7. Turn oven off and cool cheesecake about 1 hour with oven door slightly ajar.

8. Transfer cheesecake to rack. Remove sides of pan. Cool to room temperature before serving.

As an added touch, try a little salsa on each slice.

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suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

I will definitely have to try this - it has all the ingredients that I love.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

OMG...this sounds heavenly!

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I'm drooling just reading this recipe. I have never heard of a ham cheesecake. Bookmarked, and am obliged to try it soon (this weekend, as my college student is coming home for the weekend.)

thanks for sharing

regards Zsuzsy

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mulberry1 7 years ago

OMG, I'm in love. You bad, bad woman. I'm trying to reduce my cholesterol and you publish this! I allow myself splurges so this will need to fit in my schedule for sure.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

I like cheesecake very much. I think tour recipe is delicious...Yummy. Thanks my friend.

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Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

Sounds good, I will have to try this dish.

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Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

This looks great!

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lou16 6 years ago

This sounds delicious......and I love the idea of shocking my hubby by telling him I'm going to have cheesecake for breakfast!!!!

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naiza1986 6 years ago

I love cheesecake! This is a very yummy recipes! =)

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WannaB Writer 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

This looks really good for a brunch. I'm a bit afraid of those peppers, since "hot" doesn't agree with me, but I guess I could leave them out. Still a tough dish for those on low fat diets,though.

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liquidgranite 5 years ago

An interesting recipe, I'll try it.

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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

What a great idea! A savory cheesecake! Will definitely be playing with this more.

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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Very rich and good. Thanks Maddie.

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colorfulone 23 months ago from Minnesota

Wow, what an unusual cheesecake recipe, Sandy.

It sounds delicious to me, (mouth is watering).

Pinned to my Home Cooking board. :)

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Sandyspider 23 months ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks Susie.

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