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Cheddar and Ham Cheesecake

Updated on February 12, 2015

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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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Susie.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years 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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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very rich and good. Thanks Maddie.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

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

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      liquidgranite 6 years ago

      An interesting recipe, I'll try it.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 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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      naiza1986 8 years ago

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

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      lou16 8 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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      Wendy Krick 8 years ago from Maryland

      This looks great!

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      Coolmon2009 8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Sounds good, I will have to try this dish.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

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

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      Christine Mulberry 8 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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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 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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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      OMG...this sounds heavenly!

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

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