Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Homemade Bagels and 13 Cream Cheese Schmears

 Homemade bagels are surprisingly easy to make.  In a little under an hour, you can have bagels hot out of the oven ready for some cream cheese.  My love affair with cream cheese started when I was a little girl.  Between cream cheese sandwiches made with anything from jelly to black olives and rolled up meat/cream cheese/gerkin pickle appetizers, I have been pigging out on eating cream cheese since I was old enough to pick up food on my high chair tray.  My brand of choice has always been Philadelphia, but regardless of what I am using, it is one of my top 10 favorite foods. 

This week, I decided to get a little fancy.  I occasionally buy vegetable or chive & garlic whipped cream cheese.  Here are 13 of my own creations.  Each of the following starts with 3 ounces of cream cheese. Make each a few hours or the day before serving to let the flavors blend together.

1. Orange, Garlic & Thyme
(add 2 tsp orange juice, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp thyme and 1/4 tsp grated orange rind)

 2. Dried Cranberry & Rosemary
(1 Tbsp chopped dried cranberries and 1/2 tsp rosemary)

 3. Mango & Green Chili
(3 Tbsp chopped mango and 1 tsp canned chopped green chilies)

 4. Chocolate
(1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbsp powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp melted chocolate chips)

 5. Smoked Salmon & Dill
(1/2 tsp dill weed and 1 Tbsp chopped smoked salmon)

 6. Raspberry Chipotle
(6 whole raspberries, 1 tsp honey, and 1 diced chipotle pepper)

 7. Salsa & Cheddar Cheese
(1 Tbsp salsa and 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese)

 8. Gingerbread
(1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp molasses, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp allspice, and 1/8 tsp ginger)

 9. Lemon Poppy Seed
(1 Tbsp powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp poppy seeds and 1/8 tsp lemon extract)

 10. Mediterranean
(1/2 tsp basil, 1 tsp chopped sundried tomatoes, 1 Tbsp kalamata olives and 2 Tbsp marinated artichoke hearts)

 11. Blue Cheese & Currant
(1 Tbsp blue cheese and 1 Tbsp chopped dried currants)

 12. Rum Raisin
(1 Tbsp raisins, 1/2 Tbsp coconut, 1 tsp orange juice, and 1/8 tsp rum extract)

  13. Pesto

 (2 Tbsp pesto sauce)


A Year on the Grill said...

I am loving all the effort... But I would stop at the Raspberry Chipotle... incredible sounding!

Alice Audrey said...

You've got me drooling. I've got to try some of these, especially the bagels themselves.

Akannie said...

Now you've got me wanting to make the bagels!!

My all time fave--bagel+ cream cheese + jalapeno jelly.

Didn't realize bagels were so easy to make!!

Allie and Pattie said...

We use TONS of cream cheese here! But I am intrigued by the raspberry chipotle, so that may be breakfast today!
xoxo Pattie

Mary Quast said...

Okay, I'm done licking my screen. But I'll take seconds of #4.

Happy T-13!

Melissa said...

I've tried baking bagels, but I haven't done much with flavoring cream cheese. I like the sweet/savory combinations you've listed; thanks for the recipes!

Miranda Rommel said...

AH! All i can say is YES!
yes to delicious cream cheeeeese!
I will definitely be experimenting with my lox and fresh herbs to make tantalizing cream cheese with my next batch of bagels!!

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Oh, and I am on a diet. Need to watch the carbs. This made me want to make bagels and cream cheese.
Hope you'll drop by my blogs for my T13s at The Cafe & The Library.

colleen said...

Made me fat just to look.

CountryDew said...

Gosh, these sound good! Yum. Thanks for stopping my blog.

Journeywoman said...

These sound yummy. happy TT.

jehara said...

A lot of those sound good! I haven't eaten cream cheese on a bagel in a long time though. I am absolutely hooked on earth balance and trader joe's cherry preserves. So delicious. Would be interested in your recipe for homemade bagels.

L said...

Oh my word I want to try all of it!

Sue Sparks said...

All of your cream cheese varieties are amazing! I have always loved cream cheese too! When I was little my grandma would make me cream cheese and butter(YIKES!)sandwiches on wheat bread:) I leave out the butter now, but still LOVE the cream cheese!

The Dutch Baker's Daughter said...

Sounds like a schmear campaign to me--;). Your cream cheese flavors all sound so good and inventive. I haven't made my own bagels in years. I guess now is a good time to do it again.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Awesome flavor combos! YUMMY!

Americanising Desi said...

i m dying of hunger now

More than just annoyed

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