Sep 14

Ode to cream cheese

Ahhh, cream cheese. That delicious creamy white substance that comes in a small tub and spreads like silky heaven on whatever it is you fancy putting it on.

Bagel? Of course!

Mixed in with a cheesey salsa? My goodness yes!

Stirred into meatloaf? By all means, because we all know that meatloaf needs as much help as it can!

Ode to cream cheese!

Yet, my relization of cream cheeses’ divinity did not happen overnight but slowly “spreading” over a course of many years.

Conversations such as these:

“Oh my gosh, Jen!” I asked, dipping a bagel crisp into a warmed up dip. “What did you put into this dish, it’s amazing!”

“Blah, blah, blah, and CREAM CHEESE.”


“This is the best cake I’ve ever tasted. What’s the recipe?”

“Blah, blah, cream cheese, and blah, blah, blah.”

And if you google cream cheese recipes (and yes, I have done this) you’ll find pages and pages of goodness. From everything to breakfast dishes, appetizers, and sandwiches to desserts, dips and crab rangoon!

So next time you’re at the counter whipping up…something, anything really…open up a little tub of cream cheese and try it out! And if you don’t want to brave that unknown, here is a delicious dip courtesy of Rachael Ray!

Swiss and Bacon Dip

Prep Time:10 min Inactive Prep Time: hr min Cook Time:18 min

8 slices center cut bacon, chopped
8 ounces softened CREAM CHEESE
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 rounded teaspoons prepared Dijon style mustard
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, available on dairy aisle
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds, coarsely chopped
Baby carrots and a selection of spiced flat breads, cocktail sized
pumpernickel or rye breads, or sliced whole grain baguettes, for dipping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Brown bacon in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Drain crisp bacon
bits on paper towels.

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon, Swiss and
scallions with cooked bacon. Transfer to a shallow small casserole or baking
dish and bake until golden and bubbly at edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Top with
chopped smoked almonds. Place dip on a platter and surround warm casserole
with breads and carrots for dipping.

Variation: Swiss and Bacon Dip with Horseradish – Stir in 2 rounded
teaspoons prepared horseradish when combining cheese and bacon.

One Response to “Ode to cream cheese”

  • That recipe sounds great, I can’t wait to try it.

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