Happy Cream Cheese Day!


Today is National Cream Cheese Day!  It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in a delicious, creamy cheesecake.  I’ve always been a fan of cheesecake, and often requested it as my birthday cake.  I love the combination of chocolate and raspberries, too, so this Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake is on the menu tonight!

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Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

16 Servings  Prep: 40 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • TOPPING:
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh raspberries and whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of prepared pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Set aside 1-1/2 cups; pour remaining batter over crust.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate; stir in preserves until blended. Stir in reserved batter just until blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls over the plain batter (do not swirl). Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 65-75 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  • For topping, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth.  Cool slightly. Spread over top of cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Garnish with raspberries and whipped cream if desired. Remove sides of pan.
  • Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice (calculated without optional garnishes) equals 557 calories, 38 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 269 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein.
If cheesecake isn’t something you’re interested in, how about these Creamy Chicken Enchiladas?  This recipe makes two 9×13 pans of enchiladas, so they’re perfect for feeding a crowd, or a hungry family!
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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

10 Servings  Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 20 flour tortillas (6 inches), room temperature
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, water, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in chicken.
  • Place 1/4 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, milk and chilies; pour over enchiladas.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2 enchiladas equals 651 calories, 38 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 1,392 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 37 g protein.

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