• Cheesecakes aren’t only for the sweet-toothed! We give this creamy favourite a shake, rattle and roll and present you with a lip-smacking savoury cheesecake.

    Recipe and styling by Sarah Dall

    Photograph by Myburgh du Plessis

    Caramelised onion, biltong and thyme cheesecake

    By Food & Home Entertaining Serves: 8
    Cooking Time: 1 hr 30 mins + 2 hrs, to set



    • 125g Salticrax Salted Crackers
    • 85g butter, melted

    • 3 x 250g tubs cream cheese
    • 15ml (1 tbsp) cake flour
    • 3 extra-large eggs
    • 1 extra-large egg yolk
    • 80g biltong, thinly sliced
    • 1 onion, peeled, sliced and caramelised (see ‘Cook’s tip’)
    • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
    • microherbs, to garnish



    Preheat the oven to 250°C. Oil and line the base of a 23cm springform cake tin with baking paper.


    For the base, blend the Salticrax to a fine crumb and fold in the melted butter. Press the crumb mixture into the base of the prepared tin.


    For the filling, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the flour and beat until smooth. Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the biltong slices, caramelised onion and thyme sprigs. Pour the mixture over the biscuit base and bake in the preheated oven, 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 100°C and bake for a further hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven to cool, 1 hour.


    Refrigerate the cheesecake to set and cool completely, 1 hour.


    Once set, loosen the sides of the cheesecake using a palette knife and place on a platter. Serve garnished with microherbs.


    To caramelise an onion, heat a little olive oil in a pan and caramelise the onion slices over very low heat, about 1 hour.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com