Hmmm…what to eat after refraining from food for 24 hours on Yom Kipper??? Normally I say quiche or casserole cooked before the fast so we can just dig right in, but this year I decided to go with something a little bit more unusual. I just have to note that I actually do not fast because of my Type 1 diabetes, but I do limit my food intake and am, therefore, hungry when the holiday is over. Plus, I have a husband who actually does fast and comes home from synagogue starved! Okay, so back to the cheesecake. I cannot remember where I saw a recipe for savory pizza cheesecake but it got me thinking of different ways I could make cheesecake my own. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t put together the perfect recipe so I turned to the blogs and The Healthy Foodie saved the day! Her savory broccoli and spinach cheesecake using spelt flour stood as inspiration for my version using spinach, mushrooms and onions.
Savory Spinach and Mushroom Cheesecake Ingredients
3/4 cup whole spelt flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup water
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
140 grams fresh spinach
dash of nutmeg
250 grams low-fat cream cheese
500 grams 1% fat cottage cheese
zest and juice of half a lemon
1 tsp honey mustard
3 whole eggs
2 egg whites
100 grams low-fat feta cheese, crumbled
This was my first time working with Spelt flour and it was so exciting to try something new. I whisked the flours together in a bowl with the salt and baking powder. Separately, I whisked together the oil, yogurt and eggs and poured over the flour mixture.
On a floured surface, I rolled out the dough to form a 12 inch disc. You will end up with a fairly thin dough. Check out my funky rolling-pin from Pampered Chef!
I fit the dough in to a 9-inch spring form pan and let the excess hang over the edge for a rustic look. Tip: to lift the dough off of the counter, place your rolling-pin (I actually used my ruler since my rolling-pin is a bit unconventional) in the center of the disc, fold one side over to the other, lift then roll out over the pan. I set the pan aside and moved on to the filling. I know it seems strange not to pre-bake the crust, but it bakes perfectly with the filling inside.
I added the cooked vegetables and crumbled feta and carefully folded until well combined. I used a low-fat feta cheese, which was actually much saltier than full fat feta and really complimented the spinach and mushrooms well.
I know it looks like the crust is going to topple over but it held the cheesy center perfectly and tasted delicious as well. The spelt and whole wheat flours added a unique rustic look and flavor that transformed the cake in to something truly savory. You can basically use any vegetables you want but I love the mixture of spinach, onions and mushrooms with the mix of cheeses. The Healthy Foodie uses broccoli, orange bell pepper, spinach, and onions.
You can eat this cheesecake cold or room temperature, but I thought it was incredible warmed up. A tip for cutting the cheesecake: you might need to use your hands to break the top of the crust then the rest will cut easily with a knife.