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Uses for leftover strawberry cream cheese

YumWatercress May 27, 2011 09:42 AM

I have some leftover strawberry cream cheese from the bagel shop. What should I do with it? Can I convert it into an icing? It seems a little thick. Would I put it in the food processor to whip some air into and possibly some powdered sugar to sweeten it up a bit?

Or can I use it in a trifle? Help! I've never bought flavored cream cheese before and now I see why. You're stuck with a bunch as leftovers!

  1. monavano May 27, 2011 09:51 AM

    You could mix it with mascarpone or ricotta and use it in a trifle or top a slice of pound cake with it.

    1. greygarious May 27, 2011 10:35 AM

      Stir a few drops of vanilla into it and spread on graham crackers for a cheesecake fix.

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      1. re: greygarious
        YumWatercress May 27, 2011 11:41 AM

        I spread it on Nlila wafers yesterday. Yum! The problem is that I'm the only one eating it now and I am going to make myself sick when I wind up eating the entire tub!

      2. onceadaylily May 27, 2011 10:38 AM

        You could whip up a batch of cream-cheese brownies, if you've enough of it.

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        1. re: onceadaylily
          YumWatercress May 27, 2011 11:42 AM

          Great idea! I could serve it with some strawberry ice cream on the side.

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          MellieMag May 28, 2011 11:12 AM

          Many years ago I had some strawberry cream cheese in a closed container that got overlooked in the fridge for some time. When I took it out, it had turned blue. My kids were delighted to see something that had turned into George Carlin's "blue food" and we kept it around for a while so they could share it with their friends.

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          1. re: MellieMag
            YumWatercress May 28, 2011 12:18 PM

            That's another good use for it! Impress kids with science experiment.

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            chez cherie May 28, 2011 11:14 AM

            stuffed french toast!

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            1. re: chez cherie
              chefj May 28, 2011 06:08 PM

              My thoughts verbatim

            2. ipsedixit May 28, 2011 12:26 PM

              If you make ice cream, swirl it into a basic vanilla custard-based ice cream and add some chopped macerated strawberries.

              1. meatn3 May 28, 2011 03:52 PM

                Crepes. Nice for tea sandwiches on thinly sliced nut-bread. Use as a base for stuffing for a fruit glazed chicken breast or pork loin. Or buy more bagels!

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                  arp29 May 28, 2011 05:33 PM

                  Cheese danish? I plan on making these cheese danish from Nigella Lawson for Father's Day.


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                  1. re: arp29
                    MellieMag May 28, 2011 05:48 PM

                    Now you have me thinking about cheese Danish. My daughter makes wonderful cheese Danish. She's coming to visit soon. Think I should pull the Mom guilt card?

                  2. mamachef May 28, 2011 06:18 PM

                    You can make or buy cheese blintzes and then blend your leftover strawberry cream cheese about 50:50 with good sour cream. Use to top the blintzes and then top with a spoonful of macerated crushed fresh strawberries. Or use the berries first. Either way, delicious. You could probably also do something with packaged crescent rolls, using the cheese to fill them and then glazing when they are done with a confectioner's/milk glaze. If it's a small amount, you could use it as the base for a creamy strawberry dressing for a spinach salad which you could toss with fresh strawberries. I'd use champage vinegar or even strawberry vinegar for the acid, but lemon juice would be fine too, although then you might need a tad of sugar since the taste profile will be tarter.

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