Matjes cheesecake

This is a savoury cheesecake with Matjes herring, perfect for Midsummer or crayfish parties. It is easy to make and needs to be made the day before, or at least a few hours before serving, so it sets properly.

Matjes cheesecake


6-8 slices dark rye bread

75 g butter


1 tin matjes herring

400 ml creme fraiche

100 ml mayonnaise

1 tub Philadelphia

a bit of horseradish

50 ml chopped dill

2 tbsp red caviar

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

2 tsp gelatine powder

2 tbsp water

There are two ways to make the base. Either mix softened butter with the bread in a food processor, or mix the bread with a stick blender, melt the butter, add it to the crumbs and mix it together. Then press it out into a springform.

Chop the herring and mix together with creme fraiche, cream cheese, mayo, horseradish, onion dill and caviar. Season with salt and white pepper. Next mix the gelatine with the water in a bowl and let it swell for a few minutes, then place the bowl in boiling water and stir the gelatine around until it has all melted and completely dissolved into the water. Remove from the boiling water and let it cool down. Then add it to the mixture and make sure it is mixed in completely, then pour the mixture into the springform, make sure to level it with a spatula. Put clingfilm on it and place in the fridge until the next day.

Just before serving it decorate it with lemon slices and dill or something more elaborate. Perfect for a buffet.

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