If you love bagels as much as I do, then it is time to take your love affair to the next level with homemade flavored cream cheese. I’ve got three recipes to get you started.
I have a real weakness when it comes to bread products and of all of them one of my favorites is bagels. There is something truly special about how soft and chewy they are. But what can make them absolutely exceptional is what you put on them.
While sticking with classic plain cream cheese or butter is always a good option, I love to top my bagels with lots of flavors and textures to make them really fun. Depending on my mood, I will sometimes opt for lox (smoked salmon) or an egg patty for a fantastic egg sandwich, but more often than not my choice is veggie cream cheese topped with sliced vegetables.
After buying a number of different brands of veggie cream cheese, however, I found that they never had as many vegetables in them as I wanted, so I decided to experiment and make my own. The outcome was so great that experimentation with other flavored cream cheeses seemed the next logical step.
As you will see, making your own flavored cream cheeses is incredibly easy. Below are three different ideas to get you started but I encourage you to get creative as well and experiment with your own favorite mix-ins!
Homemade Flavored Cream Cheese Recipes
Veggie Cream Cheese
Start with 8 oz. cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened. Mix in ¼ cup finely chopped vegetables such as chives, carrots or red or yellow bell peppers
Scallion Cream Cheese
Start with 8 oz. cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened. Mix in ¼ cup finely sliced scallions or chives
Strawberry Cream Cheese
Start with 8 oz. cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened. Mix in 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh or frozen strawberries (thawed) and 4 Tbsp. powdered sugar.
And if you want to pair them with amazing bagels, make sure to check out my Whole Wheat Bread Machine Bagels recipe!
Do you have a favorite cream cheese flavor? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!