Portable breakfast treats with cream cheese?
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!
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.
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.
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?
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
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!
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.
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.
Cornmeal (for Savory) or Bran Muffins with a cream cheese dollop filling or
These are Cornmeal Bacon with a 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)
Caribbean Sausage Cheesey Triangles
Chutney Cream Cheese to use with Fruit
Potato Soup (take in a thermos
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)
You could also make rugelach.
Light & Flaky Cinnamon Rugelach
Easy Cut Rugelach
Some muffin recipes.
Orange Cream Cheese Muffins
Presidential Berry Muffins
Pralines & Cream Pecan-Caramel Muffins