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EmmaFrances Jan 21, 2010 04:27 AM

I'm trying to kill two birds with one stone - use up the 2 packages of cream cheese in my fridge and make some kind of breakfast treat to bring to work. Obviously I'd like to avoid the bagel/cream cheese route. All I've come up with is cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. What about something savory? Thanks!

  1. chowser Jan 21, 2010 04:53 AM

    What about mini quiche with cream cheese pastry? I posted a recipe here. You can change the filling to bacon/ham/etc.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/381131

    1. alkapal Jan 21, 2010 05:01 AM

      roll up some smoked salmon, a little lemon zest, cream cheese, minced shallots, chopped capers & chives or dill in phyllo dough -- to form little closed-end cigars. bake or deep-fry. or you can use thinly rolled out pastry, instead of the phyllo. or...use puff pastry, and make little stuffed triangles.

      make an apricot vinaigrette for dipping, if you want a sweet option, too.

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      for some crunch in the filling, you might add in some celery or lightly-blanched celery root, or try jicama or water chestnut. myself, i think i'd add minced celery root.

      1. Bryn Jan 21, 2010 05:26 AM

        fried egg sandwich with cream cheese and ham or turkey
        Toasted Raisin bread with cream cheese and sliced fruit (apples, stone fruit, pears)

        You could make a large frittata with cream cheese and smoked salmon and chives and cut into wedges and freeze it. Frittata freezes well.

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          sholli Jan 21, 2010 08:58 AM

          Many quickbreads benefit from a slathering of cream cheese, although they're not particularly savory--I like it on zucchini, carrot, and cranberry breads. Also anything that incorporates lox, although then you'd really want a bagel to do it right. Maybe a lox sandwich on rye or pumpernickle?

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            tullius Jan 21, 2010 12:44 PM

            make a savory cheesecake.

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            HillJ Jan 21, 2010 02:42 PM

            I have this super simple recipe for a pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting that is so good. I bake off a 9x13 batch, refrigerate and slice cold for lunch treats. Interested?

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              chowser Jan 21, 2010 03:23 PM

              I am! That sounds so good.

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                HillJ Jan 21, 2010 03:30 PM

                Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
                adapted from a BnB in Arkansas

                2 cups of AP flour
                2 cups of sugar
                2 tsp. baking soda
                2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
                2 eggs
                1 16 oz can of crushed pineapple or the equivalent fresh pineapple puree

                Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and pour into a 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 mins. Cake should be golden.

                Frost with your favorite cream cheese icing. I use 2 cups of conf. sugar, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 1 8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese and a tsp of vanilla extract to create a thick frosting and then I thin it slightly with skim milk until I am happy with the spreadability. Frost cooled cake and refrig overnight.

                In the morning I slice off squares and pack in plastic containers for the kids. This is not diet food. This is a super simple gooey treat I give the kids from time to time. There is enough sugar, dairy and goodness in this cake to break all my "golden rules" but the kids are healthy eaters 95% of the time so I splurge on treats like this. Enjoy!

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                  chowser Jan 21, 2010 03:35 PM

                  Thanks--I've printed it out and plan to make it tomorrow for a ski weekend. It doesn't contain butter or oil in the cake? I'll trust you that it's good...;-)

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                    HillJ Jan 21, 2010 03:54 PM

                    No butter or oil in the cake only in the frosting (butter).
                    Just fixed my omission of baking soda though, 2 tsp.!
                    Otherwise you're good to go!

            2. oakjoan Jan 21, 2010 04:00 PM

              I know, I know, no bagels....but you can use pita or flat bread, too.

              It's a veggie spread. I mix low fat cream cheese with chopped bell peppers (red and green), onions, scallions, flat leaf parsley, cukes, celery a bit of Spanish hot paprika. Add a dollop of olive oil and stir the whole thing together. Spread on bagels.

              This is good with all the above vegs and with only a few. Also good with chopped cilantro.

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                HillJ Jan 21, 2010 04:10 PM

                2 packages of cream cheese will cover alot of work meals! I enjoy spreading cream cheese on datenut bread or a dark rye, drizzle with honey and some fresh fruit slices. But 2 pkgs would also make mini cheesecakes (like the kind in a muffin tin with a cookie bottom) that you could make ahead and enjoy for a week. Or make cream cheese and fruit pastries with crescent dough. On the savory side dips come to mind but I'm not so sure I'd crave a veggie dip with my morning coffee. Love veggie dip but not for breakfast.

                1. Emme Jan 21, 2010 08:46 PM

                  Cornmeal (for Savory) or Bran Muffins with a cream cheese dollop filling or
                  These are Cornmeal Bacon with a cream cheese frosting
                  http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-25/bacon-corn-muffins-with-savory-cream-cheese-frosting/

                  Pumpkin like these: http://homecooking.about.com/od/muffinrecipes/r/blmuff13.htm (cut down sugar if you prefer a more savory version

                  )

                  Savory Oatmeal with Cream Cheese stirred in

                  Crab and Brie Bake (portion in muffin cups for baking and obviously no need for gluten free unless you prefer it)
                  http://glutenfreecooking.about.com/od/breakfast/r/gfcrabstrata.htm

                  Green Onion Biscuits
                  http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/green-onion-cream-cheese-breakfast-biscuits-recipe.htm

                  Caribbean Sausage Cheesey Triangles
                  http://homecooking.about.com/od/appetizerrecipes/r/blapp90.htm

                  Chutney Cream Cheese to use with Fruit
                  http://homecooking.about.com/od/dairyrecipes/r/blfruit4.htm

                  Potato Soup (take in a thermos
                  )http://www.recipezaar.com/tangy-potat...

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                    toveggiegirl Jan 21, 2010 10:38 PM

                    This recipe for cinnamon rolls folds the cream cheese into the layers of dough which makes it extra moist. Yum!
                    Cinnamon Rolls With a Cream Cheese Dough (Saveur)
                    http://www.recipezaar.com/404687

                    You could also make rugelach.
                    Light & Flaky Cinnamon Rugelach
                    http://www.recipezaar.com/406530
                    Easy Cut Rugelach
                    http://www.recipezaar.com/Easy-Cut-Rugelach-341949

                    Some muffin recipes.
                    Orange Cream Cheese Muffins
                    http://www.recipezaar.com/orange-cream-cheese-muffins-376471
                    Presidential Berry Muffins
                    http://www.recipezaar.com/Presidential-Berry-Muffins-353666
                    Pralines & Cream Pecan-Caramel Muffins
                    http://www.recipezaar.com/Pralines-Cr...

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