Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake Appetizer

Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not, you and all of your guests will LOVE this Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake appetizer.

This post is sponsored by Breton Gluten Free Crackers and Dare Foods Inc. I received free samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic crackers mentioned in this post. 

Do you know someone with celiac disease? Chances are pretty good you do, because an estimated 3 million Americans are living with the disease. Celiac is a serious genetic autoimmune disease that, left untreated or mismanaged, can lead to health consequences like osteoporosis, infertility and recurrent miscarriages, iron deficiency anemia and even certain cancers like lymphoma. The disease causes damage to the villi in the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.

May is celiac awareness month, and as a registered dietitian, I work with many individuals who are newly diagnosed. The common symptoms that bring them to the doctor include stomach problems, like bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, but less common symptoms include fatigue, anemia, skin rashes, headaches, joint pain and infertility. It’s also possible to have celiac and not have any symptoms.

Celiac is managed by strictly avoiding gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley. There are certainly lots of naturally gluten-free foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and cheeses, but a challenge for many who need to eat gluten free, is what to make or serve at a party, so that everyone can enjoy it, regardless of their gluten status. That’s where this fabulous recipe comes in.

Dare foods, maker of gluten-free Breton crackers, challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to create a tasty recipe for entertaining or enjoying with friends and family. Many gluten-free breads and crackers are – how shall we say – less than satisfying in the taste category, but these crackers were really delicious, and honestly, if I didn’t know, I would never guess that they were gluten-free. They come in original flavor with flax, and garlic and herb, and I loved the tender-crisp texture, and flavors of both.

Breton Gluten Free US

I featured the Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers in this recipe for a Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake appetizer. They were perfect to create the cheesecake crust, AND serve with the cheesecake appetizer. You can also use regular wheat or multigrain crackers if desired.

Everyone loves a cheese platter for an appetizer or snack and this recipe takes the standard cheese and crackers to a whole new level.

Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake Appetizer|Craving Something Healthy

Not only will this Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake Appetizer recipe win points in the taste category, it's also very impressive looking.  Shhhhh!  No need to tell anyone how easy it is!

Do you have a 4 ½-inch springform pan?  Every well-appointed kitchen should have one!  They're quite inexpensive, and you can get one here. Think of all the lovely mini desserts and appetizers you can make with it.


Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake Appetizer

A show-stopping appetizer that's so much better than cheese and crackers!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 102kcal


  • 12 multigrain or gluten-free crackers
  • ¼ cup walnut halves toasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces Neufchatel cheese
  • ½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup soft goat cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • pinch salt
  • zest of 1 medium lemon about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and wrap the outside of a 4 ½-inch springform pan with heavy duty foil. Spray the inside of the pan with cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade, process crackers and walnuts until they are crumbs. Add olive oil and pulse a few more times to combine.
  • Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the springform pan.
  • Bake the crust until golden, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Wipe down the bowl of the food processor, and process the neufchâtel, ricotta, and goat cheese. Add egg, sugar, salt and lemon, and process until smooth.
  • Mix in the herbs by hand.
  • Pour cheese mixture into the prepared crust.
  • Place the springform pan into a larger roasting pan, and pour hot water in to the pan to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  • Bake the cheesecake for 40 minutes, or until the edges are golden. The center will move slightly when gently shaken, but it will firm up as it cools.
  • Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let cool for one hour. Refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours, and up to 2 days.
  • Before, serving, gently remove the cheesecake from the springform pan by sliding a thin spatula under the crust, and transfer to a serving plate. Serve cold or at room temperature, with additional crackers and fruit, if desired.


You can make this one day ahead of time. Keep refrigerated in the springform pan until ready to serve.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. I trust that this would work well with pecans. I live in Lubbock, TX, where lots of pecans are grown so I also have a good inventory of them. Plus, I just got back from a trip to California. I brought 23 pounds of just-picked (by me) lemons home with me. I love savory cheesecakes! I am making this for a party.

    1. Yes, pecans would work well. They're one of my favorite nuts. And there's nothing better than fresh lemons!

  2. Gorgeous pictures (love the styling)! And I'm sure it tastes even better. Definitely will impress company!

  3. This is gorgeous! I don't have a 4 1/2" spring form pan. Is there anything else I could use ? Maybe I should scan the net or go to BBB. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Vicky - the springform pan is best if you want to pop it out. You can order one via the Amazon link on my site, or check BBB (mine didn't have any in stock). If you don't want to remove it from the pan, any small baking dish will work. Enjoy!

  4. I'm not a big fan of cheesecake but this lemony herbed one looks gorgeous and sounds wonderful!

    1. Thanks Gwen! I'll bet if you don't care for the cream cheese taste, you can use more ricotta and some whipped cottage cheese instead, or maybe Boursin, for a more garlic flavor.

  5. Anne, I love your photos! Beautiful set-up. It makes me want to dive into that savory cheesecake.

  6. I've never seen a savory cheesecake before, but this sounds fantastic! The fanciest cheese and crackers I've ever seen.

    1. Thanks Kelly! It's definitely made to impress company, but super easy to make 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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