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Quick & Delicious Flavored Cream Cheese Spreads

Last Modified: 07/12/10
First Published: 07/12/10
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cream cheese spread

To fix up a flavorful cream cheese spread can be the perfect solution when you need something quick, delicious and different. It's really easy to make different cream cheese spreads, all you need is cream cheese, a touch of milk and flavorings. And when it comes to flavorings, the sky is the limit!

These types of cream cheese spreads have so many uses. Of course they are fabulous on a toasted bagel, but they are also good as a base for a sandwich. Or for a sophisticated, yet simple appetizer or snack, spread a flavorful dip on some toasted baguette or cracker. Another great idea would be to spread some spread on a piece of salmon and then bake in the oven. There are so many options.

Here are a couple of different flavoring favorites which are easy to make and taste just great:

Basic spread:
8 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoons milk

Heat the cream cheese in the microwave on high power, for about 20 to 30 seconds or until soft. Add milk as well as other ingredients. Chill for an hour.


Smoked Salmon
2 tablespoons red onion, minced
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
4 oz smoked salmon, chopped finely
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced

Sundried Tomatoes & Feta
½ cup crumbled feta
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped finely
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced

Olive & Rosemary
¼ cup black olives (preferably Kalamata), pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely minced

Lime & Chipotle
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
2 scallions, sliced thinly

Honey Nut
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup toasted nuts (walnuts or pecans are good options), chopped finely