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Old 03-15-2018, 02:29 PM   #1
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Cream cheese ideas

Does anyone have any inventive ideas or low-carb recipes involving cream cheese that are NOT dessert-type things? I tossed a hunk of it in with a ground beef stir-fry concoction the other night and it was pretty tasty. Just looking for ideas to switch things up once in a while... thanks!
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Old 03-15-2018, 03:20 PM   #2
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Breadsticks!! Google Linda Sue's deep dish pizza. Use the crust recipe, but cut into breadsticks, serve with marinara or cheese sauce. Yum!
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Old 03-15-2018, 03:56 PM   #3
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Drop 8 oz in a food processor or blender, add a handful of pimento stuffed green olives. Blend until smooth and the olives are chopped. Stuff into celery.
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:10 PM   #4
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Sharon, those sound good!
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:35 PM   #5
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Those are both great ideas! Thanks gals!
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Old 03-15-2018, 05:47 PM   #6
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Okay, I've got the 'pizza' recipe and I'll grab the ingredients tomorrow! I'm not much of a baker but this one looks pretty simple. And delicious! Thanks again.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:55 PM   #7
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I only rarely use cream cheese for dessert items. I usually buy the tubs of Jalapeno cream cheese and Chives and Onions cream cheese. Mostly to put on low carb breads or tortillas. I just used it the other day when I stuffed some mushrooms. I sometimes add them to soups, to get a creamier texture.
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:53 AM   #8
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Mix with cooked, crumbled sausage, cheese and salt/pepper/garlic and stuff mushrooms, then bake.

Look for Dottie's Burger Scramble Florentine... that's a good one.
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:58 AM   #9
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Cauliflower plus salsa verde plus cream cheese.

This is really fast and I think tasty. I usually cut the cauliflower in chunks and steam with bit of water in microwave on high -- for six minutes. Toss it into skillet with the green salsa (however much you like) and cream cheese (I sometimes add grated cheese or whatever I have lurking in the frig). Cook on low until nicely mixed. Salt and pepper if you wish, but I find the salsa to be adequate seasoning for me.

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Old 03-17-2018, 12:23 PM   #10
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Florentine recipe sounds delicious, but doesn't that much spinach come with a lot of carbs? I know they are good carbs but I try to keep them low still.

Cauliflower sounds good, would make a great side dish!
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Old 03-17-2018, 01:12 PM   #11
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Clam dip. 1 8-oz block cream cheese, well softened, 1 T. Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onion powders to taste, dash of Tabasco, juice of 1/2 lemon or to taste, one 6 oz. can chopped or minced clams, drain juice and reserve. Mix all together, adding enough of the clam juice to get the consistency you want - dip celery or other veggie sticks or pork rinds into it and nosh on!
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Old 03-17-2018, 03:03 PM   #13
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Well that's a different idea, sounds good! My grocery list is growing.
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Crab dip ---- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup sour cream
6 ozs. crab meat
1 stalk celery chopped
salt & pepper

Mix everything together , chill and serve. Lots of cut up veggies to dip.
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Old 03-22-2018, 03:14 PM   #15
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^^^ I love the sound of that one. I will make it this weekend!
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Old 03-22-2018, 06:24 PM   #16
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I really enjoyed this Kraft recipe.

Ultimate Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients:

1 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese Product
2 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/2 lb. (675 g) beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 Tbsp. butter
1/2 lb. (225 g) sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup 25%-less-sodium beef broth
6 cups hot cooked egg noodles (I used zoodles when I made this; I bet cauli-rice would be great with it.)
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (I didn’t use parsley.)

Mix cream cheese product, milk and garlic powder until blended.

Cook meat and onions in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 5 to 6 min. or until meat is done. Remove from skillet; drain. Cover to keep warm.

Add butter to skillet; cook until melted. Stir in mushrooms and pepper; cook 5 to 6 min. or until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Add cream cheese mixture; cook and stir 2 min.

Return meat mixture to skillet. Add broth; cook 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand 5 min. Serve over noodles; sprinkle with parsley.
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:36 PM   #17
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Make a savory cheesecake. Blue cheese is good with cream cheese
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:12 AM   #18
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Make a savory cheesecake. Blue cheese is good with cream cheese
As long as it doesn't involve sweetener of any kind, I avoid that stuff. I did have blue cheese ice cream once at a fancy restaurant. People turn their noses up but it was pretty fantastic!
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:42 PM   #19
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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, much appreciated! I think I'm going with the crab dip to start! Will report back!
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Old 03-24-2018, 05:34 AM   #20
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Creamed chicken and spinach. One of my favorite easy throw togethers!

Shredded chicken thrown in a pan with a little oil. Once that starts to warm up I add a block of cream cheese and tons of spinach and spices. This combo is also awesome with a can of spicy Rotel. I use fresh or frozen spinach. If it is frozen I have it thawed and press the water out first.
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As long as it doesn't involve sweetener of any kind, I avoid that stuff. I did have blue cheese ice cream once at a fancy restaurant. People turn their noses up but it was pretty fantastic!
It's pretty simple, for 8oz cream cheese, add 2oz crumbled blue cheese and 1 egg. Salt and pepper as usual.
You can actually make this in a mini-muffin tine for bite sized ones.
I prefer the parchment paper liners rather than just spraying the pan.
Baking time can vary, but for the minis, 325f for about 20 minutes, check for doneness and go 5 minutes intervals after that until they're completely set.
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Old 03-24-2018, 07:12 AM   #22
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Okay, now I'm very interested in those! Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:52 PM   #23
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Crab dip ---- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup sour cream
6 ozs. crab meat
1 stalk celery chopped
salt & pepper

Mix everything together , chill and serve. Lots of cut up veggies to dip.
I have put red pepper or green olives in this one sometimes.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:18 AM   #24
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The stuffed celery sounds good and easy... I buy 6 packs of cream cheese from Sam's Club!
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:20 AM   #25
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Slice jalapeno's in half and de-seed. Stuff with cream cheese and wrap in bacon.

Bake 400 about 20 mins or till bacon is crunchy. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
The peppers are not hot at all... mild and creamy goodness <3
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:48 AM   #26
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Charleston Cheese Dip (Trisha Yearwood)

Ingredients
1/2 cup mayonnaise
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 dash cayenne pepper
8 butter crackers, crushed, such as Ritz
Corn chips, crackers or bagel chips, for serving
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green onions and cayenne pepper. Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish, such as a 9-inch pie pan. Top the mixture with the cracker crumbs and bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and top with the bacon. Serve immediately with corn chips, crackers or bagel chips.
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Thanks for the recipe, susieqrn. That sounds yummy.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:15 AM   #28
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The "Magic Meat" comes to mind. Many different variations but my go to is:

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. sausage
8 oz. cream cheese (cubed for easier melting).

Brown the beef and sausage. Add the cream cheese and keep the heat low to melt the cheese.

Options:
You can add taco seasoning or seasoning of choice as the meat is browning.
I add salsa and cauliflower rice after adding the cream cheese.
When you're ready to eat, add sour cream, guacamole or avocado, cheese, etc.
Makes a great taco salad, too.
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This is one of our favorite soups. The cream cheese makes it thick and yummy. I usually add a little less broth.
http://genaw.com/lowcarb/creamy_sw_taco_soup.html
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Lower fat, lower cost sub for cream cheese?

So many LC recipes call for cream cheese. It's yummy, no doubt, and lower in calories than an equivalent amount of butter.

But, it's still relatively caloric and, at least in my area, the price has continually gone up and up and up.

I have drained homemade or store bought yogurt till it's very thick and sometimes used it in place of cream cheese. Fewer calories and lower cost. But, it doesn't always work in a recipe.

Anyone have either guidelines on using yo-cheese or know of a lower calorie, lower cost option to cream cheese? The one-third fewer calories version of cream cheese is just as expensive here as regular.

Thanks for your ideas!

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