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Dakos Savoury Greek Cheesecake

Dakos Savoury Greek Cheesecake

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This Dakos Savoury Greek Cheesecake, is the perfect appetizer when you need to feed a crowd.

I made this Dakos savoury Greek cheesecake during the Christmas holidays and everybody loved it! 

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I was inspired by the Greek Dakos, which is a Cretan salad made on a barley rusk.

As a base, apart from the dakos rusk, I also used some, ordinary rusks and some PICK crackers.

rusks and biscuits for the base image

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.

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As a topping I used marinated and baked cherry tomatoes, some roasted red sweet peppers (Piperies Florinis) and gherkins. 

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How to make a savoury Dakos Cheesecake

  • Preheat the oven to 180o C / 350o F.
  • In a small baking tin cut the cherry tomatoes in half and marinate them 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 the butter and olive oil. 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 both baking tins in the oven, covered with aluminum foil. 
  • 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.

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.

My husband has a problem digesting the skin but also it would be easier to cut it into slices.

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Dakos Savoury Greek Cheesecake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

A savoury cheesecake I made during Christmas, based on the Greek Cretan recipe for Dakos.

Ingredients

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

Topping:

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180o C / 350o F.
  2. In a small baking tin cut the cherry tomatoes in half and marinate with all the ingredients. Arrange cut side facing down and cover with aluminum foil and set aside.
  3. Powder both rusks and biscuits as well as almonds, separately in a food processor. Put them in a spring form pan and add the butter and olive oil and rub them with your fingers.
  4. Wet your hands with water and press the rusks on the base and sides of the baking tin.
  5. Put the tin with tomatoes in the oven, covered with aluminum foil and on top place the tin with the crust. 
  6. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and continue baking the tomatoes for 15 more minutes.
  7. Meantime in the bowl of your mixer add the three cheeses and egg and whisk until creamy. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
  8. When the crust has cooled add the cheeses and spread.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  10. When the tomatoes can be handled, remove the skin.
  11. Decorate with baked cherry tomatoes, piperies Florinis and thin slices of gherkins and season with salt, pepper and oregano.
  12. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 179Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 51mgSodium 430mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 5g

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Deeba

Sunday 7th of May 2017

Awesome Recipe

geovanni

Tuesday 6th of November 2012

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

Joan Nova

Friday 28th of September 2012

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

Learstiphen

Friday 21st of September 2012

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.

Miranda Ausbury

Monday 3rd of September 2012

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.

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