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Dakos Savoury Greek Cheesecake


I made this savoury cheesecake during the Christmas holidays.  I was inspired by Greek Dakos which is a Cretan appetizer made on a barley rusk called dakos, with feta or myzithra and tomato on top.

As a base I used a dakos rusk called kritharokoulouro, ordinary rusks and PICK salty biscuits which are similar to Tuc savoury biscuits.   I prepared the base the same way we make cheesecakes, only I added some olive oil as well.

For the filling I used two Greek cheeses:  feta and anthotyros (myzithra) as well as some cream cheese with herbs.

As a topping I used marinated and baked cherry tomatoes, some roasted red sweet peppers (Piperies Florinis) and gherkins.  Instead of gherkins you can add Kalamata or green olives or capers.  However, I preferred this colour combination as it was for the Christmas table.

I did not over bake the cherry tomatoes because I merely wanted to remove the skin, as my husband has a problem digesting  it but also when cutting a slice it would be easier to cut the tomato when soft, as by pressing it with the knife on top of soft cream cheese, I think it would sink and spoil the piece.

Dakos Savoury Greek Cheesecake, recipe by Ivy



60 grams kritharokoulouro (barley rusk)
30 grams krispies (ordinary rusks with no sugar)
50 grams pick salted biscuits
45 grams almonds
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil

Cheese Mixture:

200 grams cream cheese with garlic and herbs
450 grams anthotyros
250 grams feta
1 egg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp dill, finely chopped

For Marinating Cherry tomatoes:

300 grams cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly grated black pepper
A pinch of oregano


2 – 3 Piperies Florinis
6 Gherkins
Salt, pepper a pinch of oregano


Preheat oven to 180o C / 350o F.

In a small baking tin half cherry tomatoes and marinate with all the ingredients.  Arrange cut side facing down and cover with aluminum foil and set aside.

Powder both  rusks and biscuits as well as almonds, separately in a food processor.  Put them in a spring form pan and add butter and olive oil and rub them with your fingers. Wet your hands  with water and press the rusks on the base and sides of the baking tin.

Put the tin with tomatoes in the oven, covered with aluminum foil  and on top place the tin with crust.  Bake the crust for 15 minutes.  Remove the crust from the oven and continue baking the tomatoes for 15 more minutes.

Meantime in the bowl of your mixer add the three cheeses and egg and whisk until creamy.  Mix in the remaining ingredients.

When the crust has cooled add the cheeses and spread.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

When the tomatoes can be handled, remove the skin.

Decorate with baked cherry tomatoes, piperies Florinis and thin slices of gherkins and season with salt, pepper and oregano.

Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.



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25 Responses

  1. looks so good and the composition is absolutely great!:)i want made it someday!:)

  2. It looks wonderful! I love ida and the topping. Yummy.



  3. This is a cheesecake I would gladly eat!!!

  4. Hello Ivy, I havn’t visited your blog in while as I thought you were on hiatus but glad to see you blogging here. And thank you for the birthday wishes you left me!
    I love the idea of this cheesecake, it looks beautiful and I’m sure it tastes even better! Cheers!

  5. Ilooks appetising Ivy!

  6. This is such a clever idea Ivy…very inventive! And I like the colours too!

  7. wow, this looks delicious! Very beautiful too. =)

  8. Super tempting savoury cheesecake,i dont mind to have a slice now.

  9. It looks so attractive, I did not believe at first it was savoury, but it is definitely healthier than the sweet counterpart. A beautiful idea, really.

  10. A savory cheesecake is a really nice idea. The decoration on the top is so pretty!

  11. This savory cheesecake sounds terrific, I love the idea of using dakos for the crust!

  12. Beautiful cheesecake, Ivy!Sounds interesting and delicious!

  13. C’est très joli, c’est original et certainement très bon à manger.
    Que demander de plus???
    A très bientôt

  14. Ivy, I never had savory cheesecake…your just made me want to try this. Looks great and so tasty with all the ingredients on it. Beautiful as well, and perfect for the holidays.
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  15. Dear friend that gorgeous fruitcake dakos that you have prepared.
    Simple ingredients for a wonderful result.A hug, see you soon.

  16. I had only once a savoury cheesecake with smoked salmon. Must try your recipe with lots of veggie topping next time.

  17. Wow, what a great idea Ivy! I love the idea of a savory cheesecake and yours is so artfully decorated!

  18. une version des plus appétissantes, j’aime beaucoup les saveurs
    bonne journée

  19. Ivy, this is so cool – a savory cheesecake! And we all (in my house) have a weakness for feta so this would go over big. I think this would make such a delicious and fun party food!

  20. It’s great, A beautiful idea, really.

  21. Miranda Ausbury

    Cheesecakes are sinfully delicious. They will surely increase your cholesterol level but they offers a heavenly taste. Yesterday, while I was strolling at the mall, I’ve seen a shop selling wholesale Desserts at a low price. I bought three boxes of cheesecakes for myself.

  22. Learstiphen

    What a nice post it is!! Dakos Savoury Greek Cheesecake looks much lucrative. I never see such kind of nice cake. I think it is a luxurious cake. For my child I need such kind of lucrative cake and it is a surprise for all. Thanks a lot for such kind of post.

  23. Spectacular presentation, Ivy. Great addition to a party buffet.

  24. geovanni

    hmmm….yummy looks like i must try it at home now hahahahaha

  25. Deeba

    Awesome Recipe