Warm Creole Cream Cheese and Goat Cheese Cakes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pesto (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Warm Creole Cream Cheese and Goat Cheese Cakes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pesto (Emeril Lagasse)
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, puree the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes on high speed. Slowly add the oil through the feed tube as the machine is running and process until smooth. Add the goat cheese and Creole cream cheese and process until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the eggs, Parmesan, salt, and pepper, and whisk well to combine.
  3. Using a pastry brush, grease 6 (6-ounce) ramekins with the melted butter and sprinkle the inside of each with the bread crumbs to lightly coat. Divide the cheese batter among the ramekins. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through and risen. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the greens with the remaining 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide the greens among 6 serving plates, and invert one cheesecake onto each, shaking gently to release. Drizzle each cake with basil pesto, and garnish with remaining sun-dried tomato puree, if desired. Serve immediately.
  5. Homemade Creole Cream Cheese:
  6. In a large enameled saucepan, glass, or plastic bowl, combine milk, buttermilk, and rennet and stir constantly for one minute. Cover the container with plastic wrap or cheesecloth and allow to stand at room temperature (between 70 and 80 degrees F) for 16 to 24 hours. Do not stir again, or you will break the curds. The longer the mixture sits, the firmer the cheese will be.
  7. Carefully ladle the curds into cheese molds lined with cheesecloth. (These could be plastic containers with holes punched in the sides and bottoms if you have no cheese molds.) Place molds inside a baking pan to catch the excess whey that will drain off of the cheeses. Place molds in the refrigerator for at least 6 to 8 hours, longer is fine (cheese will become firmer as more liquid drains). The cheese is now ready to eat and will keep, refrigerated, for at least two weeks.
  8. Yield: 6 containers cream cheese, about 1 1/2 cups each
  9. Basil pesto:
  10. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the basil, cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper. Puree on high speed. Slowly add the oil through the feed tube and process until a smooth paste forms. Pour into a bowl until ready to use.
  11. Yield: a generous 1/2 cup
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1469.1 Kcal (6151 kJ)
Calories from fat 1098.71 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 122.08g 188%
Cholesterol 246.68mg 82%
Sodium 2490.55mg 104%
Potassium 1588.64mg 34%
Total Carbs 52.76g 18%
Sugars 43.81g 175%
Dietary Fiber 1.39g 6%
Protein 38.28g 77%
Vitamin C 24.3mg 41%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Calcium 1606.9mg 161%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 151.4 Kcal (634 kJ)
Calories from fat 113.23 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.58g 188%
Cholesterol 25.42mg 82%
Sodium 256.68mg 104%
Potassium 163.72mg 34%
Total Carbs 5.44g 18%
Sugars 4.52g 175%
Dietary Fiber 0.14g 6%
Protein 3.95g 77%
Vitamin C 2.5mg 41%
Iron 0.2mg 9%
Calcium 165.6mg 161%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 39.3
  • 41

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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