Thursday, December 1, 2011

O Olive Oil and Recipe Contest (Recipe Entry)

When I was on O Olive Oil's web site and I read the description of the combination gift pack of Organic Meyer Lemon Olive oil and Champagine Vinegar and right away I thought of... Instead of a savory recipe... a sweet recipe came to mind, and so, my Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with a Champagne Vinegar sauce was born. Here is my official recipe submission for the O Olive Oil and recipe contest.
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This cheesecake offers a vanilla wafer, pistachio and Organic Meyer Lemon oil crust with a very creamy filling and a lovely Champagne Vinegar sauce.

I started with a family cheesecake recipe, that has been in our family for 40 years,
 then showcased both products O Olive Oil sent me.

I used the O Olive Oil Meyer Lemon Oil and real butter in the delicate crust...

I used the Champagne Vinegar in a drizzle sauce that I served the sliced cheesecake on...

The Recipe
1/2 a box of Vanilla wafers
 (ground in a food processor or crushed in a plastic baggie with a rolling pin)
1 stick of butter
2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest
(Melted and divided)
1 cup chopped pistachios
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons of Meyer Lemon O Olive Oil

Mix vanilla wafers, 2 tablespoons of sugar, lemon zest and all but 2 tablespoons of the melted butter in a bowl and mix well.
Using the Meyer Lemon olive oil, rub into 4- 4" spring form pans, coating bottom and sides. Press vanilla crumb mixture into the bottom of each pan and set aside. Mix pistachios, 1 tablespoon of Meyer O Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon sugar together in a small bowl. Line the side of each springform pan with the pistachio mixture. Bake in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.

2 8oz packages of cream cheese
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Mix all ingredients till creamy and pour into vanilla crumb and pistacho crust. Bake in a 350 oven for 25 minutes with a pan of water on the bottom rack and the cheesecakes in the top rack on a cookie sheet. Let cool on a rack completely. 

1 cup sour Cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Mix in a small and pour over cooled cheesecakes. Bake in a 350 oven for 10 minutes. Let cool in a rack then cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours or over night.

When you are ready to serve make 
Champagne drizzle sauce:
1/4 cup O Olive oil Champagne Vinegar
1/4 cup Agave light Nectar
1/4 cup water
In a small sauce pan add all ing. and stir well... Bring to a boil then a slow simmer and reduce till slightly thickened. About 7 minutes or so. Swirl in pan till desired thickness... (Almost a honey consistency) 

Candied Lemon Slices
Candied Lemon Peel
Fresh Mint

To serve:
Drizzle Champagne sauce on a cold plate, put 1/4 slice of cheesecake directly on sauce and garnish with Candied Lemon Slice or Candied Lemon Peel and fresh mint.

Photo tutorial:

Ingredients for the crust
Zesting a lemon into the vanilla wafer crumbs
Adding the lemon oil to the 4" spring form pans
First the vanilla wafer mixture
Adding the Meyer Lemon O Olive Oil to the chopped pistachios
Pistachio/Meyer lemon mixture to sides of springform pans

Pressing in gently
Lightly baked crusts waiting for filling
Creamy filling
Baked cheesecakes cooling
After a over night cooling in the fridge the cheesecakes some out easily thanks to the
Meyer Lemon O Olive Oil coating

Make the drizzle sauce: 1/4 cup O Champagne Vinegar, 1/4 cup agave syrup 1/4 cup water.
Reduce by half on a low simmer
Make Champagne sauce, garnish and serve on chilled plates.

Thank you O Olive Oil and eRecipeCards.comfor the opportunity to participate on this recipe contest!

If you like my post/photos and recipe... spend a moment to vote for this recipe at
1) Register... its a great place to find or keep your recipes
2) Search "Meyer Lemon Cheesecake" (mine is the one made with the Meyer Lemon O Olive Oil)
3) Add it to your recipe box... that's your vote
4) Enjoy eRecipeCards. When I need a a dinner idea, a dessert idea... or just wanna look at food photos... 

Thanks Everyone!
Enjoy Life!
~Really Rainey~


  1. this recipe not only look great but I know that is really delicious. I love cream cheese.

  2. Wow, it looks fantastic and looks like a winner to me!

  3. Oh my - you've got my mouth watering! Great photos.


  4. Excellent presentation. Love to try this. Pat

  5. Oh my! This looks amazing! I bet it taste heavenly as well. You are always inspiring me.

  6. Wow. This is such a creative use of the O Olive Oil products. Sounds delicious. Glad to be in this contest with such talented people.

  7. Awesome Rainey, I am looking forward to trying this amazing recipe. You are incredibly talented and extremely creative. All of your recipes always look amazing & taste absolutely delicious. Thanks for posting.

  8. Everything looks so delish!

    Happy blogoversary :)


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