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.
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.
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!