How to Make Delicious Flavored Cream Cheese
Making this creamy cheese...
Milk and cream and combined to make this cheese but it is not allowed to mature or harden as other cheeses do. The introduction of lactic acid into the mix causes it to firm up a little. Guar gum or other stabilizers are added to brands that cost less to achieve the firmness. Without stabilizers the cheese is more prone to crumbling and lasts only a short time even when it is refrigerated.
Cream cheese on toast, bagels, and English muffins is a satisfying afternoon treat. I have become fond of flavored cream cheese. Before I retired, I would go out of my way to go to Dunkin Donuts to get a bagel with vegetable cream cheese. O, my. It was divine.
One morning I wanted some of that veggie cream cheese but it was over an hour away. So, necessity is the mother of invention I have been told. It was necessary to have that cream cheese. With a little experimenting, I was able to come up with the roasted red pepper dip that is included here;
Do you know?
Cream cheese is a creamy cheese that is spreadable and is consumed fresh. Different varieties of this cheese were found in France back in the 1850s. It was in 1880 though that A.L. Reynolds who was a cheese manufacturer in New York that began to be distributed in the little foil wrapper that has become so familiar.
Interestingly enough it was named Philadelphia Cream Cheese not because that was where it was created but because connecting a food with that city made it seem to be a better product. In some countries it is simply known as Philadelphia to insure that it was distinguished from other cream cheeses like Brie.
Selecting cream cheese
For this recipe I used the whipped cream cheese as I was entertaining and found it was a time saver.
It is of course quite alright to use the foil-wrapped cream cheese. Just allow it to soften and whip till creamy with your mixer. Then follow instructions as given.
Fat-free can be used but it separates quickly so is not highly recommended. You could put fat-free cream cheese on toast and top with the jam or veggies if desired.
This is simply one of the easiest spreads you can make. It is no fail and tastes great every time you make it.
Ingredients needed to make three spreads
- 2 tablespoons chopped roasted red pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 large green olives stuffed with garlic
- 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
- 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
- 2 tubs whipped cream cheese
** Choose your favorite vegetable, jam, preserves to add to make your cream cheese spread just right for you and your family.
Top off the Veggie Spread with Freshly Grated Parmesan
Making roasted tomato and olive topped with grated parmesan
- Chop roasted red pepper
- Chop olives and garlic that is in the olive.
- Add garlic powder and roasted pepper to one half tub of cream cheese. Mix well.
- Chill. Serve with bagels, English muffins, crackers.
Making fruity spread
For strawberry and marmalade spread:
- Place jam or preserves in 1/2 tub whipped cream cheese.
- Mix well.
- Serve with crackers, bagels, English muffins.
© 2013 Patricia Scott
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