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Uses for leftover strawberry cream cheese

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!

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

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

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      1. re: greygarious

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

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        1. re: onceadaylily

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

        2. 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

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

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

              1. 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!

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


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                  1. re: arp29

                    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. 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.