Mini Crust-less Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes (Happy Shavuos!)

Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes!

Happy almost-Shavuos!  The holiday of WAY too much dairy, lol!  Since the holiday starts in just a few days, why not go all-out with a savory cheesecake challenge!  And yet again, I’m channeling inspiration from my mother, and making mini savory crust-less smoked salmon cheesecakes!  These are the perfect little appetizer to serve at your Shavuos meal!

Of course you can make this into a giant cheesecake pie, but I prefer to make these mini versions since I’m not sure how many people would eat a whole slice filled with smoked salmon, capers, dill and green onion?  But hey, maybe you’re into that sorta thing! The mini versions are great served with crackers (bagel chips would be perfect), carrot sticks, celery or cucumbers.  It’s having a bagel with lox and cream cheese but in a fancier, party-spread kind of way!

Originally, I made this version with a crust, just to play around with it, but in the end I decided it didn’t need it! Since the whole point was to spread this on a bagel or cracker, or cucumber slice, the crust just didn’t add anything to the dish, and plus, it’s one less step in this recipe! And by all means, you can definitely make this a no-bake dish too by omitting the eggs.

Want to make this dairy-free?  Substitute the cream cheese for a dairy-free cheese, like using Tofutti, or my favorite brand, Kite Hill dairy-free cream cheese spread (they have a jalapeno flavor that is so good – pick it up at Whole Foods).

So have fun playing around with this new version of a cheesecake and Chag Sameach to all of our faithful followers!

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Recipe: Mini Crust-less Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes

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Smoked Salmon Cheesecake
Mini Savory Crust-less Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings: 12 mini cheesecakes
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 2 Bricks Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 Egg, large
  • 4 oz. Smoked Salmon, chopped I used 1 package of the Trader Joe's Everything but the bagel seasoning smoked salmon (yum!)
  • 3 Green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Dried dill I happen to LOVE dill, so feel free to adjust to your taste - if you use fresh, just grab a handful and chop it up!
  • 2 tbsp Capers (optional) I like that salty, briny kick that capers bring to this creamy spread!
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325F, line a muffin tin with paper or silicon liners

  2. Add the cream cheese to a large bowl and using a hand mixer, beat until mixed together, about 30 seconds. Add in 1 egg at a time until fully mixed

  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and spoon the filling in the pan

  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer jiggly in the middle

  5. Cool for 10-15 minutes, peel the liner and enjoy! Serve with crackers or raw veggies

Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s savory take on cheesecakes: Personal Spanakopita Cheesecake Topped with Feta and Crispy Leeks

Looking for a light Shavuot menu check this out: Light and Easy Shavuot Menu

Dairy-free Maple Cinnamon Custard

I have to give credit where it’s due, so I found this original recipe in “Easy Dairy-Free Ketogenic Recipes” by Maria Emmerich – it was so easy to follow, I just tweaked it a tiny bit to make it my own.  I adjusted the flavors a bit and the cooking time and temp and I’m happy with how these turn out.  And I love that you can adjust the flavors as you like!  You could add in lemon zest and juice for a lemon custard topped with a fresh lemon slice for a pretty presentation, or add in some fresh blueberries Dairy-free maple cinnamon custardor raspberries for a fresh springtime berry custard.  YASSS!

So thank you Maria for the original recipe, I’m obsessed!  SO obsessed in fact that I made a batch last Shabbos as a “last minute” dessert (I mean, it’s just my husband and me, who exactly am I trying to impress here?).

Needless to say, if you’re a big dairy or cheesecake fanatic, Shavuot is always the holiday for you! And being a pescetarian, it’s nice to opt out of a heavy meat meal.  But when you want a break from too much dairy, and want to opt for something a big lighter – and something that won’t spike your blood sugar, check out these custards!  And I just love the presentation with the ramekins (you can always pick some up at the Dollar Store I’m sure, or you may be able to find disposable foil ramekins too).

Wishing you all a Chag Sameach!



PS – how adorable is this vintage-style bird serving tray? I got it years ago at Macy’s and I love it so much!! It’s such a cute presentation for a Shavuos meal!

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dairy-free maple cinnamon custard
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups dairy-free milk, such as almond milk I like the brand Califia Farms
  • 1/2 cup Swerve granulated style you can use regular sugar if you prefer
  • 1 tbsp maple extract I like the brand Fronteir - you can find it at Whole Foods or on Amazon
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp (plus more) Swerve, confectioners style
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.  Spray 4 ramekins with coconut oil spray or coat the ramekins with a little bit of coconut oil using your hands (just so it doesn't stick as much) and place on a baking sheet.

  2. Add all ingredients except the Swerve powdered sugar to a blender and blend for 10-15 seconds until fully mixed.

  3. Pour in the custard into each ramekin and carefully place in the oven.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the center is no longer jiggly in the middle.

  5. Wait until cool enough to handle (about 20 minutes) and dust with the powdered Swerve. 

  6. Serve, warm or cool.  And try it topped with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream!

Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s Shavuot recipe: Cream of Potato Zucchini Soup