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How to Make Delicious Flavored Cream Cheese

Updated on September 12, 2013
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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;


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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.

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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

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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.

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Making fruity spread

For strawberry and marmalade spread:

  • Place jam or preserves in 1/2 tub whipped cream cheese.
  • Mix well.
  • Chill.
  • Serve with crackers, bagels, English muffins.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi once again Indian Chef

      These really are tasty little ways to perk up cream cheese. I have not had any for a bit so may just make some today.Thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way ps

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks pstraubie for sharing such wonderful way to make our own cheese. I only know how to make cottage cheese and that is mostly used in Indian food. Voting it up, useful and sharing.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Maybe you can give one of these a try or make your own flavor. These little flavors make your bagels happy :)

      Nice to see you stopping by this morning

      Happy Monday

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Maybe you can give one of these a try or make your own flavor. These little flavors make your bagels happy :)

      Nice to see you stopping by this morning

      Happy Monday

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi pstraubie48 ... oh I will be trying this. never really gave much thought to making my own. Thank you for sharing some of your experience. My mouth is watering already. I think it all started when you said Bagel... lol

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Sherri

      I was kind of surprised when I read about the Philadelphia cream cheese. It was a little bit of trivia I thought others might like to know.

      The nice thing about this flavored cream cheese is you use the flavors you like and everyone wins.

      Maybe you can give these a try sometime

      thanks for the visit. Sending Angels to you this evening :) ps

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a super approach to making flavored cream cheese. My fav spread comes from Manhattan Bagel, and it is so pricey. Never again! Time to experiment with your suggestions. So easy.

      And thanks for the info about the Philadelphia brand. I didn't know. :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Eddy

      Making this was a pleasant surprise. I had enjoyed flavored cream cheeses over the years but never made my own. It is amazingly simple and very tasty.

      Maybe I can stop over and have a cuppa' and some of this with you..:)

      Sending you many Angels today Thanks for stopping by ps

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another great one for that ever expanding recipe book of mine.

      Have a great day PS.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi DIYmommy

      Thanks for visiting today. This really is a nice way to glam up the cream cheese. I do like plain ( usually must eat fat free kind) but a little veggie or jam and it is a nice break from the ordinary.

      Sending you Angels today. :) ps

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Like you, I loved that vegetable cream cheese from Dunkin' Donuts, as well. Regular tasting cream cheese is OK, but my palate needs a little additional flavor. These are some great ideas, and you can bet that I'll giving them a try. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan...

      It is so easy and can be prepared to suit your taste and the taste preferences of your family.

      I am glad to share it...

      Sending you Angels this afternoon. :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan...

      It is so easy and can be prepared to suit your taste and the taste preferences of your family.

      I am glad to share it...

      Sending you Angels this afternoon. :) ps

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What a great idea. I love flavored cream cheese, but have always purchased premixed ones. Thanks for this inspiring hub.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, truthfully, I do not use anything but fatfree cream cheese. But for this dish it is not really the best choice. It is not low cal but it is also something you would have maybe once a year.

      Thanks for the visit. Nice to see you today

      Sending you many Angels my Friend :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks Skeety for visitng.

      I hope you have a chance to give these a try to of course pick flavors you like best to make it your own.

      Sending you Angels again today :) ps

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      I really like your ideas for the flavours. Very interesting and yummy sounding! Thank you for sharing

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love cream cheese in any form and almost any flavor. My mouth is watering at this very moment. Thanks for all these tempting ideas...I will need to go out and jog for an hour. Voting up and pinning.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, Thelma. Cream cheese and rye is a favorite of mine. As a matter of fact I was hoping to get rye bread to use with this article but the time slipped away. Busy week ...celebrating my grand son's eighteenth birthday all week.

      Thanks for the visit...Sending you Angels today :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      O, drbj...thanks for the comment on the photos...I am learning every single day new things...I am a novice which phtotographing. The camera is not really fancy..it is a Nikon coolpix/it does have a zoom lens which is nice.

      Thanks for stopping by my Friend.Have a lovely Friday.

      Sending you many Angels today..you will like the flavored creamy cheese...yum. :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, torrilynn

      Gotta' love that Panera. I usually have an everything bages I think is the name..with just plain cream cheese there. Yes, it is easy so give it a try sometime. Thanks for visiting and for the vote. Sending you Angels today..:) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you for sharing, Martin. Now others can come to read and enjoy. I hope today is a lovely lovely day for you.

      Sending you Angels and blessings today :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Oh yes. Love them. When I was little girl, my Aunt from New Jers came to visit us and brought a box of Christmas goodies...in it there were always stuffed dates filled with cream cheese. YUMMY. thanks for stopping by Sending you Angels today :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for the visit, Nell.

      It is so quick and easy and it disappears very quickly after you eat it!! You will enjoy this very much. I have it all ready for the party tomorrow.

      Sending you Angels today :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Bill

      To answer your question, no, I do not cook like this all the time. I have beeing doing a lot of cooking over the past few years for my daughter and her husband and my grand boys due to her illness. This particular recipe I made for tomorrow as it is my grand son's 18th and it is a huge milestone for him since he has been ill all of his life. So this presentation to the HubPages community and beyond is in a way a celebratory treat.

      Thanks for the hugs and the drool!! You are so much fun..Sending you an abundance of Angels and hugs and blessngs to you and your precious family :) ps

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Knew this but shared so others might find out a little sooner than me.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      pstraubie48, i love love love cream cheese. usually will have a bagel with hazelnut cream cheese from panera's. i never knew that it would be so easy to simply just make your own cream cheese. thanks. voted up.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Although I'm not fond of plain unadulterated cream cheese, Patricia, cream cheese flavored with strawberry jam is a whole other story. Your photos are glorious. What kind of camera do you use?

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love this cream cheese for for my rye bread. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi pstraube,

      Looking at those yummy pictures, I had to remind myself that the computer screen is not edible! Voted up.

      Speaking of cream cheese, here's an if-you-dare combo. Slice open some Medjool dates lengthwise. After removing the pits, stuff the dates with cream cheese. Don't blame me if you like it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Do you cook like this all the time. I think I've said before, but it should be repeated, that if I lived in your house I would weigh 250 lbs. LOL Great recipe and once again I am drooling.

      Sending you hugs, blessings and drool

      bill

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love cream cheese, in fact I am sitting here munching on some with doritos! lol! love your different ideas to add to the flavour, I will definitely give it a try, thanks! voted up and shared, nell

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