Pressure Cooker Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Strawberry Spinach Salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Blue cheese cheesecake served with strawberry spinach salad and drizzled with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette. This savory cheesecake recipe for the pressure cooker is beyond delicious!

Pressure Cooker Blue Cheese Cheesecake surrounded by fresh spinach salad with strawberries and blueberries

Hey everybody!  This is Marci, part of the sister duo over at TIDBITS.  I have learned so much from Barbara over the past couple of years and it is such a honor to be posting on her blog today! 

Savory Blue Cheese Cheesecake made in an Instant Pot

For my first contributor post here at Pressure Cooking Today, I’m bringing it big with a savory cheesecake recipe!  Dessert cheesecakes have been a huge hit in the pressure cooking world, but today I’m taking it down a savory road with this AMAZING Blue Cheese Cheesecake over a Strawberry Spinach Salad, drizzled with a sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette!

Savory Blue Cheese Cheesecake

This can be served as a side dish to your dinner, or as a light meal all by itself.

overhead image of a savory cheesecake made with blue cheese

Now, before I go any further, let us pause for a moment and talk about blue cheese.  Blue cheese falls into a category I like to call “Risky Foods.”  You know those certain foods that you present a bit hesitantly to people because it’s either a love it or hate it kind of food?  Think cilantro, seafood, spicy food, tofu, pineapple on pizza (lookin at you hubby), green food (my kids greatest fear), sushi, etc, etc.

I can’t even put a number on how many times people have tried to convince me that this recipe or that recipe is gonna convince me that I actually do love seafood.  I’ve tried it, I still find it stinky and disturbing, and for now, I’m staying in my stubborn ways!

Pressure Cooker Savory Blue Cheese Cheesecake garnished with fresh rosemary, surrounded by a strawberry spinach salad,

So although I’m not budging on seafood quite yet, I am here to tell all you blue cheese haters out there to not be like me because I am about to change your stinky, moldy cheese minds forever!

Making Blue Cheese Cheesecake in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this delicious savory cheesecake recipe.

The Instapot cheesecake has a warm, creamy, flavor explosion of cheesecake, blue cheese, buttery pecan crust, sweet strawberries, and balsamic vinegar!  It’s heaven, and it’s already proven to change minds in my own circle of blue cheese hating family and friends.

fork holding a bite of blue cheese cheesecake, made in an electric pressure cooker

Now to all you blue cheese lovers out there, the ones that look at restaurant menus and see only blue cheese salad dressing, blue cheese burgers, and buffalo blue cheese whatever: you are going to love this!

It’ll be a whole new spin on our funky smelling friend that you will make again and again to impress all the lovers and haters in your lives.

cake plate holding a savory cheesecake made with blue cheese, surrounded by a spinach salad with blueberries and strawberries

If you’d like to check out some of our other Pressure Cooking recipes, don’t miss TIDBITS most popular recipe, Homemade Yogurt in the Instant Pot.

Homemade Yogurt made in a Pressure Cooker

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Thanks again Barbara for this opportunity!  Enjoy everybody!

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Strawberry Spinach Salad
Yield: 6 servings

Pressure Cooker Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Strawberry Spinach Salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cheesecake for dinner, anyone? Try this savory blue cheese cheesecake with a strawberry spinach salad and drizzled with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette.


  • ¾ cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • ¾ chopped Pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 oz crumbled blue cheese, at room temperature (I prefer the more mild varieties like Gorgonzola and Danish Blue)
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Spinach
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Pecans
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the bread crumb and pecans until the nuts are finely chopped. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Pour in panko and pecan mixture and stir until lightly browned and fragrant. Press the mixture onto the bottom and halfway up the sides of a lightly greased 7-inch springform pan. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes. (This step can also be done a few days in advance if needed).

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and eggs until very smooth. And crumbled blue cheese, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and combine well. Scrape cheese mixture into the crust, being careful that the blue cheese crumbles get distributed throughout the mixture.

Pour 1 cup of water into the pressure cooker and place the trivet in the bottom. Place the filled pan on top of the trivet.

Lock the lid in place. Cook the cheesecake at High Pressure for 15-20 minutes. 15 minutes will give you a creamier texture where the center may ooze a bit when you cut it open (which I love!) and 20 minutes will be a firmer slice but still very creamy and delicious. When the beep sounds, turn off the pressure cooker and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. At this point you can release the rest of the pressure and remove the lid.

Place the pan on a wire rack, blot any excess water from the top of the cheesecake with a paper towel and cool for 10 minutes.

While the cheesecake is cooling, make the balsamic vinaigrette by combining all the ingredients in a jar with tight fitting lid and shake vigorously until smooth. This could also be done in a blender which works well if you double it (which you certainly wouldn't regret).

Slide a knife around the side of the cheesecake and slowly remove the outer covering of the spring form pan being sure to pause if any of the cake is sticking to the pan and run a knife around those areas.

Place spinach on a plate, sprinkle with sliced strawberries and whole pecans. Place a slice of warm blue cheese cheesecake next to the spinach and drizzle all of it with the vinaigrette. The cheesecake is also wonderful eaten cold in the same manner.

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