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Too much cream cheese!

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I bought a big tub of delicious cream cheese, and used about half for a cookie recipe. Now I have half a tub of cream cheese in the fridge, but I'm not sure what to do with it (it's all fancy and organic). How long will it last, and does anyone have any ideas about what to do with it besides eating three bagels a day? Curse me for not substituting a more versatile yoghurt!

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  1. b
    babette feasts

    If it's not whipped or lightened somehow (and in a tub instead of a brick just because it is fancy and organic), you could use it in cream cheese pie dough and either freeze it or make an apple galette. I think rugelach also use a cream cheese pastry, if you have a winter afternoon to while away.

    1. Cream cheese frosting on... anything... bran muffins, carrot muffins, pound cake, in a disgustingly sweet grilled panini of frosting and nutella, I'm biased cause I love cream cheese frosting (hangs her head in shame as she admits she can eat it with a spoon).

      Could also use it to make a filling for cheese danishes or a filling for cupcakes or muffins. Could also swirl a cream cheese batter in brownies.

      As for savory, mix in lox and pimento and enjoy on a bagel. Or for a sweeter take, mix in chopped fruit like strawberries or apricots. You could also mix it with ricotta to make a blintz filling or a thicker manicotti filling.

      1. Use it in scrambled eggs or an omelette! It makes it very tasty. Same thing with an egg-based food-style pie/quiche. Perhaps as a filling for crepes?

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        1. re: Kay McC

          I just recently heard of adding little dabs of cream cheese to scrambled eggs...SOOOOOOO delicious!

          1. re: Val

            Along the same lines, add blobs to stovetop mac and cheese. yum! Or mix with cooked or canned salmon and minced shallots for a quick spread.

            1. re: Val

              " I just recently heard of adding little dabs of cream cheese to scrambled eggs...SOOOOOOO delicious! "

              :-) My sister has been doing that for years after an evening of drunken revelry (and a few other illegal substances) with her best friend back in high school. They needed some food at 3am, and this is what they made - cream cheese scrambled eggs. It's the only way I'll cook them now.

          2. Put dabs of it on pizza with mushrooms and onions. You could even put it on frozen pizza, you know, if you do that sort of thing.

            1. How about a good old New York style cheesecake?

              1. You could make chicken, cream cheese enchiladas. Saute an onion and a clove of garlic until soft. Mix together with diced, cooked chicken, cheddar cheese, cream cheese and some green chile enchilada sauce. Salt and pepper and cumin to taste.

                Fill either softened corn tortillas or flour tortillas, whichever you prefer, and top with some red chile enchilada sauce and the remaining green chile enchilada sauce. Add more cheddar and bake until bubbly.


                1. Mix cream cheese with crab meat, minced garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and a little cayenne pepper. Stuff mushrooms and bake about 15 minutes.

                  1. Cream cheese makes wonderful sauces. Add a little milk to thin if need be.

                    Saute mushrooms, add a little garlic, add cream cheese and a little milk, add seasoning (herbs de provence is good - or Cavendar's Greek Spices), salt, white pepper, add diced tomatoes at the last minute, stir. Use on pasta or scrambled eggs or top pizza dough with it and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Also good on sauted spinach.

                    Cheese sauces

                    Mock Alfredo sauce

                    Stroganoff sauce

                    Many more cream sauces.

                    1. Too much cream cheese, ha! I can never have enough.

                      I sautee spinach and add cream cheese, a bit of cream and garlic.

                      Grab one of those red pepper jellies and add the jelly on top of a large scoop of cream cheese and enjoy with crackers.

                      If you have kids, get some deli ham and spread a layer of cream cheese on a piece of ham and roll them up, slice and throw a toothpick in.

                      Take a tortilla, spread cream cheese on the tortilla, followed by refried beans and add snips of scallions to cover the top. Then roll the tortilla up and slice into about 7 or 8 1/2 'pinwheels'.

                      You can get boneless chicken breasts and put cream cheese and basil with a dash of lemon juice and roll them, tooth-pick to keep the closed and bake.


                      1. Peanut butter pie. There's a recipe on the food network site that is great.

                        1. I made a batch of cream cheese spread...just blend/whip together some cream cheese, TJ's almond butter, and honey. Vary the amounts to your taste. You can put it on toast or bagels or whatever!

                          cheesecake is another obvious recipe idea

                          1. I just made cream cheese pot stickers. Served them with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. Quick, easy and very satisfying!

                            1. sautee some onion in butter, add chopped spinach, cream cheese,a bit of cream and season to taste with salt pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. Stir to blend well, Yummy creamed spinach

                              1. When I can't find good ricotta, I use a tub of drained low-fat cottage cheese and and equal amount of cream cheese. Process in blender or food processor with one egg and seasonings for lasagna or manicotti filling. My sister-in-law from Italy does this as our commercial ricotta is too wet and not creamy enough.

                                1. I like to make a savory spread that is simply cream cheese blended with chopped green olives and chopped and toasted pecans. It's better the second day. Yummy on crackers!

                                  1. try this, tastes like mini-strawberry cheesecakes!
                                    whip 6 oz room temperature cream cheese on medium speed for 2 - 3 minutes until slightly fluffy.
                                    add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 1/2 tbsp confectioners sugar.
                                    trim bottom of 12 strawberries so each stands upright. use melon baller to scoop out stems and tops.
                                    fill pastry bag fitted with 1/2 in star tip with cream cheese; pipe into strawberries intil cheese brims over top.
                                    top with sliced toasted almonds.