Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam

A savory twist on cheesecake to dress up your summer cheese course, these Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes are perched on a buttery cracker crust and topped with tangy tomato jam. Light, airy, creamy and slightly salty, they will disappear in a flash at any party.

Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam | #DareToEntertain

I’m feeling a bit more social lately. I’ve been a bit of a hermit lately spending my days in the kitchen and churning out recipes like nobody’s business. Since my kitchen is in the back of the house, I don’t really see much of what is going on in the neighborhood except when we begin to hear the faint chimes of the neighborhood ice cream truck.  He’s back, apparently…and there’s always an intense sense of chaos that explodes as soon as my son hears it. And he always hears that truck, no matter how loud I turn the television up. Sometimes it’s a bit of a relief because it forces me to get away from work for a minute and soak up a bit of vitamin D.  To visit with my neighbors, even if it’s brief.  It puts me in the mood to entertain a little, to enjoy the warm weather, the sound of the crickets and the flicker of the fireflies.

Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam | #DareToEntertain

Simple summer parties are the best because you can have just a few light bites and everyone is happy. On a sweltering summer evening, I’m more in the mood for a refreshing cocktail and a few nibbles like a light canapé or these super easy Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam.  It’s an unexpected surprise on any cheese platter and a unique twist on the classic cheesecake dessert.

Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam | #DareToEntertain

The buttery crust is made with crumbled Dare Cabaret Crackers, butter and egg white.  Baked in a mini cheesecake pan or muffin tin, they’re the perfect size for a two bite treat.  The slightly salty filling is bursting with fresh basil flavor.  I topped the cheesecakes with a sweet and tangy tomato jam for the perfect contrast to the creamy filling.  You can buy the tomato jam in a well-stocked grocery store or make this version.  It’s fantastic on just about everything!

Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam | #DareToEntertain

Whether prepping for an extravagant party or an impromptu get-together, Dare’s variety of crisp crackers are sure to make each bite better.  They’re a great addition all on their own to any party spread.  They’re amazing with this dip or topped with a wedge of your favorite cheese.  Create your cheese display with a variety of cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit and your Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes for a light, fresh take on summer entertaining.  Serve with a fruity cocktail, kick your feet up and enjoy the balmy summer nights.  What’s your favorite way to entertain on a summer evening?

Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam

The ultimate appetizer, Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes are topped with tomato jam for a savory cheesecake that will kick those trendy cheese boards to the curb.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cheesecakes
Calories 140 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cup cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1 egg white
  • 16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup tomato jam
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter and egg white until combined.
  • Press 1/2 tablespoon of the crumb mixture into each well of a mini cheesecake pan. (If you don’t have a cheesecake pan, you can use a muffin pan lined with cupcake liners.)
  • Transfer to pan to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to 300 degrees.
  • Add the cream cheese, parmesan, basil, sugar, eggs and salt to a blender.
  • Puree the ingredients until smooth.
  • Fill each well of the pan halfway with the cheese mixture. Return the pan back to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are dry but the centers are still a little jiggly.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the pan to the refrigerator and chill for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remover the cheesecakes from the pan by running a knife around the edges and pushing up on the bottom.
  • Transfer to a serving platter or plate.
  • Top with tomato jam and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 193mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 0gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 375IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Basil Parmesan Cheesecake
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25 comments on “Mini Basil Parmesan Cheesecakes with Tomato Jam”

  1. These look fantastic! I’m loving these savory cheesecakes!

  2. What delicious and cute looking appetizer! I love a savory cheesecake!

  3. These look terrific and so flavorful with that tomato jam…which by the way I’m going to have to try because we’re going to have an abundance of tomatoes in our garden this Summer!

  4. I love how pretty they turned out.

  5. these look so good! I love savory cheesecakes!

  6. I love the sound of these savory cheesecakes (I’m currently obsessed with tomato jam). Such a perfect offering for a summer get together!

  7. OK, these are seriously adorable. I’d be thrilled to see a savory cheesecake option at a party.

  8. Was basil added to cheese mixture… I see green in photo ?

  9. The link to tomato jam is not working!

  10. Could I use red pepper jam instead of tomato?  Can’t find it in my area and tomatoes are not yet in season. Would like to make for supper club next week. 

  11. Will these freeze ok? Im goin to make the cheeeecake, freeze, thaw out and then add the tomato jam. Also how long would you allow them to defrost on the kitchen counter ?

    • So, you CAN freeze them and they’ll take about 45 minutes to an hour to defrost on the counter. It’s a great way to work ahead. Just make sure they’re wrapped really well in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn.

  12. I made this for my husband bday and they were a total hit. 

  13. Can I make these on Thursday for a Saturday dinner party?

    • Hi Diane! Yes, you can definitely make the cheesecakes on a Thursday and store them in a covered, airtight container in the refrigerator. I would not add the topping at this point but rather top the cheesecakes with the jam right before serving. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Thank you!

  14. are the cheesecake portions freezable for storage?

  15. Very good. I put into mini muffin tins – so just a couple bites each. Just 1/2 of the recipe was enough for 24!!

  16. What alternative crackers for gluton free version please

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