When life hands you feta make a Feta Cheesecake! Feta would not be my first choice for a cheesecake but it surprised me at just how flavorful the cake was. The chocolate did help temper the stronger feta flavor.
I love feta cheese. It is such a flavorful cheese, and I use it on almost every salad I eat, but I was thinking of other applications, what could I do a little outside the box with this wonderful cheese? I kept going back to cheesecake, something kept pulling me towards the unlikely combination of feta and cream cheese, I saw a lot of savory types of feta cheesecakes but hadn’t seen any use as a sweet cheesecake…..sigh There must be a reason, but since I couldn’t think of one, I decided to give it a try.
I knew the cheesecake would not be as sweet as a new york style or even ricotta, the flavor of the feta was just a little too pronounced to let that happen. I knew my cheesecake would need a complement to the tang of the feta, and chocolate seemed to be the answer…….well chocolate is the answer to a lot of questions, but that’s another story! I reached for my semi-sweet chocolate and prepared a ganache for the topping, for the crust I used my favorite digestive biscuits, and threw in a good handful of salted pistachio’s just to add another element into this flavor feast.
The results were not quite as I had planned but all in all, it was a very interesting and tasty cheesecake, the feta lent an interesting element to the filling, and the chocolate complimented the cheese so very well. The crust was a little bit of a letdown but did add yet another dimension to the cake if I make this again my only change would be to sweeten the crust up a bit and instead of pistachios use an unsalted pecan.
All in all the experiment was a success and while it got mixed reviews even the doubters were impressed with the flavors. If you do try this cake, I think you will be pleasantly surprised, especially served with a good cup of coffee or espresso!
If you love cheesecakes your going to love these recipes:
- Authentic Ricotta Cheesecake
- Mascarpone Strawberry Cheesecake
- Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars with a toffee crust
- Blood Orange Ricotta Cheesecake
- Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Pecan Shortbread Crust
Hi, I have made this cheesecake many times as a treat at work, I get asked by my colleagues to make it, rich and decadent and we love it! I never liked feta but this is fabulous! I add more lime to the mix and it really works a treat! Thank you, forever fan!
Chef Dennis Littley
thanks for leaving the great review and I’m thrilled that you’ve been making my feta cheesecake! It’s not one of my more popular posts but I do think it’s an awesome cheesecake!
I made this, and it was to die for. Where do the pistachios go?
Chef Dennis Littley
the pistachios were in the crust. Not a biggie to leave them out, just trying to make it different
I made this for a luncheon and it was a big hit. I saved a piece for my boyfriend. He even liked it. He went on and on about how good it was. He dislikes feta cheese very much. He never guessed.
Chef Dennis Littley
thanks for letting me know Johanna and happy to hear that you enjoyed the cheesecake!
A hiatus of four-five months and instead of disappearing am back. I had to trawl you in google…your site has a complete revamp! cool and so neat.
I haven’t logged in to foodbuzz in tha past six months and I dont know if they’ve whisked me away! Am scared to look up. The option of not having a delete all button after filtering the friends request quite bogs me down.
So how you been and your four ams? Read the post from top to bottom. Houz your health and houz your lady?
Can you believe it, I haven’t tasted feta! So can’t really say how much you’ve pushed the bar on this…
Chef, this cheesecake left me speechless! And as always, thanks for the help!
I absolutely love the idea of swapping in a variety of cheeses in classic cheesecake. Ricotta used to be my go-to favorite, but I think this one just might oust it from the top spot. Thanks so much for sharing!
Nicole @ Bake Me Blush
A feta cheesecake definitely sounds interesting and it’s something I’ve never seen before. It looks amazing and I love your gorgeous presentation. Also, thank you very much for the helpful tips on the social media and food porn sites. They were extremely helpful to me.
Julia @ DimpleArts
Great Social Media advice. Knapkins is a great site. Christine is very nice and contacted me herself (made me feel kinda special) 🙂 I’ll check out some of the other ones you mentioned.
Isn’t it great when someone who runs a site personally reaches out to you! Christine is a gem!
I have so much feta in the fridge that’s been there for days, and I finally know what to do with it now!
I’ve thought about pursuing a culinary career. I think the thought lasted… a few seconds. Number one reason?
I’m a night owl – 4 am? Definitely can’t do it! Much respect for you.
Thank you, let me know if you make it!
I have a stumbled upon account and have no IDEA how to use it. I’ve been asking around and no one’s been able to tell me. Thanks for the jumping off point.
Gera@Sweets Foods Blog
Dennis my stomach is growling, immediately after seeing this scrumptious cheesecake!
You know I’m dessert-crazy 🙂 Kudos for that recipe!
Totally with you about social media presence – everywhere if it is possible but managing the time wisely.
Klout is more a ranking automatic system that allow persons to see how influencer are over others, depending of the social sites that they interact.
Sorry to hear about the rejections on those photo-sites (usual in my case too), so I stopped and started using other social sites (really social) because the other food-pic-sites are just places to put photos, not social.
Foodies enjoy a lot Stumbleupon, so the traffic and persons you can contact there, is much better 🙂
Talking about SU, stumbled!
I love your take on cheesecake here Dennis! That chocolate ganache topping seals the deal for me. And I had no idea they had raised that much for Jennie! What an amazing group of bloggers this community has.
Kim - Liv Life
Dennis… another wonderful post. I’ve been so out of touch lately, I really need to catch up and return to the blog world. Vacations are over for a few weeks (my husband just surprised me with a trip to Rome in late Oct!!) and I need to focus on the blog a bit. You alway shave so much information. I’ve just past your series on to a friend who is working to grow her blog. Thank you for all you have done for our community!!
We finally have the heat that I’ve been jealous of you having all summer… now I kind of wish it would cool off!! 😉
I don’t know how your photos could possibly be rejected, Dennis! I think you could start a new career as a food photographer! Your feta cheesecake is drop-dead gorgeous! 😉
Your blogs are always so helpful and informative and of course the cheesecake looks delicous! Thanks.
Chef.. that is a lovely feta cheesecake you have there !. I want a slice…can? I have never tried cheesecake using feta cheese 🙂 thanks for sharing the recipe . Whoa…BWB have collected $63K for Jennifer and her gals…thanks all the generous ppl out there for donating generously…yea…food bloggers are great people. We should help one another in times of need 🙂
I got rejected so many times by foodgawker that I have not submitted any to them for the last one year. Shall look into knapkins and kitchen artistry 🙂 Thanks Chef for the social media tips and have a nice day !,