Cream Cheese Spread

Spreads and dips made with cream cheese are versatile party food. Simply process ½ cup cream cheese with ½ cup sour cream or ricotta to spreadable consistency. Then add a little lemon juice to brighten, plus whatever other additions you like to create the desired flavor profile (serves 8 or more). Here are some of my favorite ideas, which can be combined in many ways:

  • 1 tbsp. fresh herbs
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup blue cheese, feta, smoked mozzarella, provolone or other soft cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan
  • ½ cup smoked salmon, smoked trout, crab or chopped shrimp
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 2 tbsp. chopped nuts + 2 tsp. dried fruit
  • 1 oz. green chiles
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper
  • 2 chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. sliced scallions
  • 1 tbsp. horseradish
  • 2 tbsp. pesto
  • ¼ cup salsa

I created the following recipe based on the basic Cream Cheese Spread. It is a festive party dip appropriate for New Year’s Eve.

Smoked Salmon Mousse

In the food processor, combine:

  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup ricotta
  • ½ cup smoked salmon
  • 1 tbsp. horseradish
  • 2 tbsp. scallions
  • 1 tsp. dillweed
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
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  1. The Master Recipes « Simply Cooking 16 July 2010 at 2:27 pm

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