Perfect for a special occasion especially St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas!  This cheesecake is very creamy and doesn’t have the traditional graham cracker crust.

Beautiful green color. With a mixture of ground almonds, butter and almond extract serving as the crust for this amazing cheesecake it really sets this cheesecake above the rest.  Your guests will love the delicious pistachio flavor!
For the Crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

For the Filling:
6 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (3.4 ounce) boxes instant pistachio pudding mix
5 large eggs
garnish with whip cream and almond slivers (optional)

For the Crust:
Add the flour, almonds and sugar to a food processor; pulse a couple of times to combine. Place in the butter and almond extract; process until combined and crumbly. Pour into a 9 OR 10-inch springform pan (I used a 9-inch pan), press up the sides (about 1-inch) and in the bottom; refrigerate 30 minutes.

For The Filling:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, milk and pudding mixes until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
Bake 55-60 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Loosen and remove ring; garnish and serve.