Crab Cheesecake

Course : Seafoods
Serves: 12
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1 cup crackers - Ritz -- crushed
3 tablespoons butter - melted
16 ounces cream cheese softened
3 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice - fresh
2 teaspoons onion - grated
1/4 teaspoon old bay or chowder seasoning
2 drops Tabasco sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper - fresh
1 cup lump crabmeat -- canned
1/2 cup sour cream

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F Mix together the crackers and butter and use the mixture to line a 9 inch Springform pan. Bake for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Reduce the oven to 325F With an electric mixer, beat together until fluffy the cream cheese, eggs, and 1/4 cup sour cream. Add the lemon juice, onion, Old Bay seasoning, Tabasco, and black pepper. Stir in the crabmeat and mix well. Pour into the cooled crust and bake 50 minutes until the cake sets. Remove from the oven. Run a knife around the edge of the cake, loosening it from the pan. Cool on a wire rack. Remove the sides of the pan. Spread the cake with the sour cream.

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