Cheddar Chili Cheesecake

Course : Cheesecakes
Serves: 12
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1 1/2 tablespoons butter -- (for pan)
1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs -- toasted
1/4 cup finely grated ched. cheese
6 ounces thinly sliced ham
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese -- room temp.
3/4 pound sharp cheddar -- grated
1 cup cottage cheese
3/4 cup chopped green onion
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons jalapeno pepper*
2 tablespoons milk
1 clove garlic -- halved

Preparation / Directions:

*seeded and finely chopped Preheat oven to 325. Butter 9" springform pan. Mix breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup cheddar. Sprinkle mixture into pan, turning to coat. Refrigerate. Dice about half of ham; reserve remaining slices. Mix diced ham with remaining ingredients in blender or processor until smooth. Pour slightly more than half of filling into prepared pan. Top with reserved ham slices in even layer. Cover with remaining filling. Set pan on baking sheet. Bake 1 1/4 hours. Turn oven off and cool cheesecake about 1 hour with door ajar. Transfer cheesecake to rack. Remove sides of pan. Cool to room temperature before serving.

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