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Emme
12-18-2008, 08:05 AM
I want to do a brunch over the holidays for some family members and want to include bagels and spreads. Those fancy bagel spreads are big bucks at the deli:eek: . I have about 9 packages of cream cheese I bought on sale for .77 a pkg and want to make my own flavors...

Can anyone PLEASE tell me they have done this before and give me some recipes~ I know if anyone knows it's my DIS friends...THANKS:hug:

Jsme
12-18-2008, 08:08 AM
Here is a website with lots of ideas

http://7thspace.com/tasty_recipes/115661/flavored_cream_cheese.html

Crystal0608
12-18-2008, 08:52 AM
I looooove cream cheese (my favorite food group), so this is a topic I might can help with!

I think they are easier to mix at room temperature. I prefer sweet ones. You could use the leftover sweet flavored ones to make stuffed french toast. I would prepare the night before to let the flavors combine. Try to add as little liquid as possible or the cream cheese gets too runny. If you have a kitchenaid mixer, these are so easy to make.

1. Sugah Sugah- 2 tbsp brown sugar (to taste). Brown sugar also thins it out when it dissolves, so I wouldn't add too much

2. Walnut Honey- 1/4 cup finely chopped up walnuts, 2 tbsp honey

3. Orange Pecan- 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, 2-3 tbsp orange juice, orange zest (optional)

4. Strawberry- 1/4 cup fresh pureed strawberries (try to drain juice), 1 tbsp powdered sugar

5. Chive & Onion- 1 tbsp dried onion & 1 tbsp chopped chives

6. Pumpkin- from pinchmysalt.com - 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

7. Sundried Tomato- 1 pc finely diced drained sundried tomato, 1/4 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp oregano

8. Veggie- 1/2 pack dry Knorrs veggie soup mix to taste or

Ina Gardens Veggie- 2 tbsp minced scallions, 2 tbsp finely chopped carrot,
2 tsp finely chopped celery, 2 tbsp finely chopped radish, 2-3 pinches kosher salt, 1 pinch finely ground black pepper

9. Plain- have little cups out of different jams/jelly & peanut butter in your fridge. My kids like to mix plain, jelly, and/or pb on their bagels. Good for a pickier eater.

A few other variations would be cinnamon raisin (with or without nuts), apple cinnamon, and raspberry swirl. Hope this helps!

Emme
12-18-2008, 09:21 AM
I looooove cream cheese (my favorite food group), so this is a topic I might can help with!




Thank you so much~~~ They all sound divine!:love:

CTdiznymom
12-18-2008, 03:59 PM
I love the spread for our local Bagel place. It's cream cheese with chopped green olives. Yummy on a Rye or Pumpernickle Bagel.

richs52
12-18-2008, 05:48 PM
I love the spread for our local Bagel place. It's cream cheese with chopped green olives. Yummy on a Rye or Pumpernickle Bagel.

I agree, it's very yummy and EASY to make. Just mix the cream cheese with a jar of chopped green olives and you are done! :thumbsup2

tripplanner
12-18-2008, 06:26 PM
My mom always made pineapple cream cheese when I was a child. Just use one small can of crushed pineapple drained and mix into the cream cheese. It is great!

robb01
12-18-2008, 06:42 PM
Def. going to try that above recipe, yum :)

iggbees
12-18-2008, 08:40 PM
i've made a key lime cream cheese ball before. it's more for spreading on crackers, since you put sugar in it and roll it in crushed graham crackers as well, but it was delicious. i just squeezed key limes until I had about 2-3 tbsp of juice and i added that right to the cream cheese. gives it a nice flavor if you like key lime pies.

aanderson5
12-18-2008, 11:44 PM
I like mixing cream cheese with salsa, great as a dip or as a spread. I also add cream cheese to dishes like mashed potatoes and pastas, makes them that much yummier.

Imzadi
12-19-2008, 10:40 AM
Wow, all these suggestions are great. I need to add more calcium to my diet & I would look at the cream cheese spreads at my local deli & as the OP said, they are just too expensive. Plus, you don't really know if they are any good until you've bought one and then tried it. :p I like the idea of being able to mix & control my own ingredients. :thumbsup2

prncess674
12-19-2008, 10:54 AM
Sounds like you have blocks of cream cheese, mix the ingredients in your mixer with the whisk attachment to make the cream cheese light, fluffy and spreadable!

Emme
12-19-2008, 11:22 AM
Thank you all~ We will be in cream cheese heaven for the brunch:cloud9:

jmpellet
12-19-2008, 06:14 PM
My favorite appetizer of ALL time is cream cheese with chopped green olives stuffed in celery. Add a little olive juice to the mix!

prncess674
12-19-2008, 06:17 PM
My favorite appetizer of ALL time is cream cheese with chopped green olives stuffed in celery. Add a little olive juice to the mix!The original poster was asking about bagel cream cheese spreads. What in the H-E-double hockey sticks does this have to do with bagels and cream cheese spreads for a brunch? Who is going to eat that appetizer for brunch?

Imzadi
12-19-2008, 06:21 PM
The original poster was asking about bagel cream cheese spreads. What in the H-E-double hockey sticks does this have to do with bagels and cream cheese spreads for a brunch? Who is going to eat that appetizer for brunch?

It's for the low carbers who don't eat bagels but will snarf down the cream cheese & celery. :thumbsup2

Emme
12-19-2008, 07:18 PM
LOL~ I like the celery and cream cheese idea, sounds yummy. No one is on a diet, heaven forbid a diet through the holidays...lol BUT, it still sounds good. Thanks for sharing! ;)

jmpellet
12-19-2008, 07:49 PM
Geez, it was just a suggestion -- AND it would probably go great on bagels also. Works well with crackers, pita chips, etc.

tinytink
12-19-2008, 09:28 PM
The original poster was asking about bagel cream cheese spreads. What in the H-E-double hockey sticks does this have to do with bagels and cream cheese spreads for a brunch? Who is going to eat that appetizer for brunch?
Really, please re read the original post, she is asking about bagels and SPREADS which jmpellet's recipe of chopped green olives and a little bit of olive juice can be used on bagels if that is the taste suites you.

Have a Merry Christmas and SPREAD some holiday cheer.

OP have a great brunch, I hope everyone enjoys your homemade spreads.

Imzadi
12-19-2008, 10:20 PM
Really, please re read the original post, she is asking about bagels and SPREADS which jmpellet's recipe of chopped green olives and a little bit of olive juice can be used on bagels if that is the taste suites you.

Yes, many people put lox (smoked salmon,) capers, onions, cream cheese & a sprinkling of lemon juice as a savory topping on on their bagels. The sun-dried tomato and the salsa suggestions are also savory. Not all cream cheese spreads have to be sweet.

Plus richs52 brought the idea of the chopped green olives & cream cheese first. I don't think anything is wrong with jmpellet's post as he was conversationally following up on richs52's post.

tinytink
12-19-2008, 10:48 PM
Yes, many people put lox (smoked salmon,) capers, onions, cream cheese & a sprinkling of lemon juice as a savory topping on on their bagels. The sun-dried tomato and the salsa suggestions are also savory. Not all cream cheese spreads have to be sweet.

Plus richs52 brought the idea of the chopped green olives & cream cheese first. I don't think anything is wrong with jmpellet's post as he was conversationally following up on richs52's post.
That is what I mean, there is nothing wrong with it but the person I was responding to was having a cow about jmpellet's post about the chopped green olives. I think all the responses with recommendation have been great. I mean really do we need the H E double hockey sticks comment??? See below:

Originally Posted by prncess674
The original poster was asking about bagel cream cheese spreads. What in the H-E-double hockey sticks does this have to do with bagels and cream cheese spreads for a brunch? Who is going to eat that appetizer for brunch?

cndij
12-19-2008, 11:19 PM
This is my favorite as well, our local place that carried this has closed down, so I have made it a couple of times on my own.

I love the spread for our local Bagel place. It's cream cheese with chopped green olives. Yummy on a Rye or Pumpernickle Bagel.

Imzadi
12-19-2008, 11:32 PM
That is what I mean, there is nothing wrong with it but the person I was responding to was having a cow about jmpellet's post about the chopped green olives. I think all the responses with recommendation have been great. I mean really do we need the H E double hockey sticks comment??? See below:

Originally Posted by prncess674
The original poster was asking about bagel cream cheese spreads. What in the H-E-double hockey sticks does this have to do with bagels and cream cheese spreads for a brunch? Who is going to eat that appetizer for brunch?

tinytink, I was agreeing with you. ::yes:: :thumbsup2 You were replying to prncess674, and I just piggybacked onto your post, without quoting her too. I'm sorry if that part was misunderstood. :blush:

ncbyrne
12-20-2008, 06:42 AM
We are having brunch at our house on Christmas morning...I never even gave a thought to flavored cream cheeses, but THANK YOU so much for this thread. These are wonderful suggestions and a few of them will wind up on my buffet!
Oh, and just let me comment on the bantering....I read lots of posts here on the budget board for ideas. When someone adds a suggestion that is not exactly in response to the OP, it may just help a lurker like me. :)

WDWorBUST
12-20-2008, 09:30 AM
I used to work in a coffee shop and we sold bagels and cream cheese. I want to say we used club soda to thin it out and make it more spreadable...along with the desired ingredients.

tinytink
12-20-2008, 11:54 AM
Good idea, I never would have thought to put that in there to thin it out.

tasha99
12-20-2008, 12:44 PM
The original poster was asking about bagel cream cheese spreads. What in the H-E-double hockey sticks does this have to do with bagels and cream cheese spreads for a brunch? Who is going to eat that appetizer for brunch?
Are you joking? Since when is brunch only breakfast type foods? I think you've been neglecting the "unch" part. ;) That appetizer sounds perfectly yummy for brunch to me.