Monday, 23 May 2011

Meat-Free Monday - Aubergineless Cheesecake


This recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi intrigued me when I read it. There are a lot of savoury cheesecakes around, and they mostly sound very heavy, whereas this one sounded quite light and custardy. Unfortunately, my grocery delivery was sans eggplant when it arrived. So I just did it without.

Absolutely bloody brilliant. Light, not too cheesy, with a sweetly acid edge from the tomatoes and a luscious herbal nuttiness from the za'atar. The recipe calls za'atar optional, but it really isn't. I made my own, although I didn't have any sumac to hand, so I just left it out.

I will definitely make this again, it really is divine. And would probably be even better if it did have aubergine in it.

14 comments:

Lila Leeds said...

That sounds delish. I'll wager you could substitute the eggplant with zucchini. I will definitely give this a try.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Ooh,this does look spectacular and I love the Za'atar--definitely a must.
;-)

mscrankypants said...

That's improvisation at its best. I checked Yotam's recipe as I was a little confuzzled about the difference between a quiche and a savour cheesecake, but I can see it now. And yummo to both.

Foodycat said...

Lila - I was thinking that it would be a brilliant way to use the summer zucchini glut!

Deb - once you are off your vegan month, give it a go!

Cranky - very yummo. Must try!

The Cat's Mother said...

that does look delicious. Might be another use for my seemingly endless supply of eggplant from the garden.

Gemma said...

That sounds lovely, I'll be adding it to my list of dinners for the next few weeks.

Foodycat said...

Mother - I am so jealous of your aubergine glut.

Gemma - I think you will love it.

kat said...

Oh that sounds so interesting!

foodjunkie.eu said...

I made this a while a go and absolutely loved it too! I think that one could definitely make it with other veggies too.

Hanna @ Swedish Meatball said...

Made this the other day, but with the aubergine - such a lovely dish. Just found your blog, loving it!

Foodycat said...

Kat - it's like a cheese souffle but easier.

Jo - I'm glad you liked it too!

Hanna - thanks for dropping by!

Ben said...

Interesting, I want to try it now.

Esi said...

oh wow, I have been wanting to pick up a copy of Plenty. The recipes are so unique.

Foodycat said...

Ben - it's really good!

Esi - I'm very keen to get Plenty too.

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