Sesame-Flavored Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake with Asian Barbecue Sauce

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Sesame-Flavored Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake with Asian Barbecue Sauce at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream
Courtesy of Disney


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 6 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Shrimp Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/4 pounds raw shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 28 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup liquid eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Micro greens, for garnish

For the Asian Barbeque Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Asian barbecue sauce*
  • 1 teaspoon hot bean sauce*
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce*
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock

Preparing the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, stirring until well blended. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Bake crust until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Cool completely before filling.

Preparing the shrimp cheesecake filling:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté until caramelized. Add shrimp, and sauté until just opaque. Stir in sesame seeds. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine cream cheese, salt and pepper in large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time; add cream, beating until well combined. Stir in smoked Gouda and chopped parsley.
  3. Spoon filling into crust. Place cheesecake on a baking sheet. Bake until cake puffs and top browns, but the center wobbles just slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer pan to rack and cool. (Cheesecake can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  4. Run a long, thin knife around pan sides to loosen cheesecake. Carefully remove ring, and cut into 14 pieces.
  5. Serve at room temperature with barbecue sauce and micro greens.

Preparing the Asian barbeque sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine vegetable oil, shallots and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add Asian barbecue sauce, hot bean sauce and hoisin sauce; cook for 3 minutes. Add sherry and cook for 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sugar and stock; cook for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender and process until liquefied. Let cool.

*Asian barbeque sauce, hot bean sauce and hoisin sauce are all typical condiments used in Asian cooking. They are available at Asian-foods stores, and in many grocery stores.

Makes 1 (9-inch) cheesecake

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At Animators Palate restaurant, giant paint brushes touch giant ceiling art resembling paint palettes
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