Did you know it鈥檚 National Cheesecake day on July 30? Sweet and fruity cheesecakes are, of course, awesome. But we decided to make a delicious savory cheesecake to celebrate the day. With a buttery oat biscuit base and garlic and cheese filling, all topped off with juicy baked tomatoes and fresh basil, this cheesecake stands out in the crowd. Serve it with a fresh salad for a simple make-ahead dinner.

A cheesecake you can eat for dinner?

Ingredients:

鈥 10.5 ounces (300g) rough oatcakes (or similar wheat- or oat-based crackers such as Triscuits)

鈥 戮 cup (180g) butter, melted

鈥 2 8-ounce packages full-fat soft cheese

鈥 4 tablespoons heavy/double cream

鈥 2 large eggs, beaten

鈥 1 cup (100g) shredded strong cheddar

鈥 1 tablespoon chopped chives

鈥 1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced

鈥 15 ounces vine-ripened cherry tomatoes

鈥 1 tablespoon olive oil

鈥 large pinch of salt and pepper

鈥 small bunch fresh basil

鈥 freshly ground black pepper

Tomato and Basil Cheesecake Ingredients

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the oatcakes in a food processor and pulse until they form into breadcrumbs (or you can place the oatcakes into a plastic bag and crush them into crumbs using a rolling pin). Add the melted butter and mix again, then press into the base and sides of a round 9-inch spring form baking tin with a removable base. It鈥檚 easier to use a straight-edge measuring cup and spoon to get the edges even and everything compressed really well. Put the base in the oven for 8 minutes to pre-bake.
  3. Place the soft cheese, cream and eggs into a mixer and beat until smooth. Stir in two thirds of the cheddar, the chives and garlic. Take the cheesecake base and pour the mixture in the pan. Sprinkle on the remaining cheddar, and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until the center is just set.
  4. While the cheesecake is cooking, place the vine-ripened cherry tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle over the oil and sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Add them to the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the tomatoes soften and the skins are starting to burst. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and leave to cool.
  5. Once the cheesecake is done, remove from the oven and run a knife around the outside edge. Leave to cool for about an hour, then remove the side of the baking tin. Top with the roasted tomatoes, a handful of torn basil and some freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Serve while still slightly warm, or you can cool completely and then chill before serving (the cracker base will be less crumbly if you chill it). If you鈥檙e allowing it to cool, add the basil just before serving.
process

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the oatcakes in a food processor, and pulse until they form into breadcrumbs. Add the melted butter and mix again.

Tomato and Basil Cheesecake step 1e

Press into the base and sides of a round 9-inch spring form baking tin with a removable base. It鈥檚 easier to use a straight-edge measuring cup and spoon to get the edges even and everything compressed really well. Place the base in the oven for 8 minutes to pre-bake.

Tomato-and-Basil-Cheesecake-step-2-collage

Place the soft cheese, cream and eggs into a mixer, and beat until smooth. Stir in two thirds of the cheddar, chives and garlic.

Tomato-and-Basil-Cheesecake-step-2-2-collage

Take the cheesecake base and pour the mixture in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar on top, and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until the center is just set.

tomato

While the cheesecake is cooking, place the vine-ripened cherry tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle over the oil and sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Place them in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the tomatoes soften and the skins are starting to burst. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and let cool.

A cheesecake you can eat for dinner?

Once the cheesecake is done, remove from the oven and run a knife around the outside edge. Leave to cool for about an hour, then remove the side of the baking tin. Top with the roasted tomatoes, a handful of torn basil and some freshly ground black pepper.

A cheesecake you can eat for dinner?

Just delectable! Make sure you save yourself a piece :)

What鈥檚 your favorite summer cheesecake? Let us know in the comments below.