Cream cheese recipes

May 21, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. ET

Cream cheese is a delicious and inexpensive food item that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you're making breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack food or appetizers, this creamy spread may be just what you're looking for.

Cream cheese on bagels

Healthy breakfasts

With the busy life you lead, it's only natural that you want to get your day started with a nutritious and delicious breakfast. Begin your day with a yummy meal such as this mushroom and cream cheese omelet. Or for a weekend treat when you have more time to cook, whip up a sweet potato cream cheese frittata your whole family will love.

Comforting entrees

You know the texture of cream cheese is convenient from years of spreading it on toast and bagels. But that texture makes it great for many other uses. For instance, consider stuffing it into pork chops for a grilled fruit-n-cheese pork pocket. Cream cheese is also a universal crowd-pleaser, so it's a great item to turn to when you don't want to worry about your kids or guests pushing away full plates of food. For a dish that's virtually guaranteed to go down easily, try an old favourite: mac & cheese.

Creamy appetizers

Having guests over can require a lot of preparation the day of, and that can be overwhelming. Fortunately many appetizers, such as this herbed cream cheese dip, can be made the night before and then kept in the fridge until ready to serve. Or if you have a little more time to spare and want to really impress your guests, try your hand at Mediterranean phyllo rolls.

Snack-fest

Whether you're organizing a chick-flick marathon with the girls or a games night with all your friends, snacks are a must, and cheeses of all kinds are great for such gatherings. But it can be pricey to load up your coffee table with brie rounds, and not everyone is keen on strong cheeses. Fortunately cream cheese is the perfect middle ground. It's creamy and delicious like other cheeses, but with a familiar flavour that will keep even the pickiest of guests happy. An onion dip is a warm and comforting way to start off the evening, and it goes great with chips, crackers or bread.

Decadent sweet treats

There's nothing quite as elegant and comforting as red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They're sure to be a favourite at bake sales, potlucks and dinner parties alike. Or if you're feeing a little more experimental, try whipping together some peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake bars. The smooth texture and light sweetness of cream cheese makes it a great addition to many desserts, so get baking!

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