Susan W
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herbed cream cheese

I'm looking for suggestions for herbed cream cheese. This to be put on the home made bread, mixed grain. Herbs I have fresh to pick:
oregano
marjoram
chives
rosemary
thyme
sage
lemon verbena
Have fun!
Susan

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Re: herbed cream cheese

chives work well with cream cheese. Maybe the lemon verbena, I haven't used it that much. I prefer to put the more savory items like rosemary in the bread dough. I don't like the aftertaste of the bitter herbs and you can't use too much because of that.
Strawberries and basil are the only other ones I have tried. But you could probably put some other fruit in like blueberries or pineapple. Sweet red pepper or Jalapeno would work too.
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Re: herbed cream cheese

What about garlic powder, oregano and marjoram... Do you have dehydrated tomatoes? Crumble those and put that in and you have an Italian cream cheese -- maybe mix in some EVOO, too.

Lemon verbena and freshly ground black peppercorns.... A touch of lemon juice....

I feel like Rosemary should work, too, but can't think how. I guess you could do Rosemary and black olives, but I'm not sure if they would combine with cream cheese. Maybe Rosemary and chives.
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Re: herbed cream cheese

Thanks and keep the suggestions coming!
Perhaps an herby mix of garlic chives, oregano and marjoram would work. A bit of lemon juice may bring out the herb-fresh flavor. I have parsley, how did I over look that one?!

In a week or 2 may be able to add a touch of dill. I have 2 pots started, and I usually don't do well with it, end up buying nice pretty full starts in April. It's a short window here sadly.

If one had pretty open face bread or crackers a sprig of salad burnet or parsley on top would be a nice touch.
Have fun!
Susan

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Re: herbed cream cheese

I like thyme and calamata olives.

Or thyme and mushroom powder with maybe some truffle oil drizzled on top. :drool: oh goodness...on bagel chips! (my inner non-diabetic just cried a little)

I like the Italian herb, sundried tomato, garlic combo.

I also like just plain heavy black pepper.

Honey, Apple cider vinegar and roasted jalapeño together.

Basil, crushed pineapple and grated white chocolate for a little sweeeeeet dip!
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Re: herbed cream cheese

You are making me hungry!
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Re: herbed cream cheese

I need to write these down! :-()

Susan if you try them before I get to, let us know what you thought.
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Re: herbed cream cheese

I do like smoked salmon and chives, but I never thought of tomatoes. I think sun dried tomatoes, basil, and garlic would do fine.

Garlic and almost any herb goes together. I don't do cream cheese so much but I do herbed butters and I can add garlic to all of them. If you want to use the rosemary, I suggest you do an herb butter instead, but I have to admit, since I found out how much easier it is to just throw the rosemary sprigs on the hot coals and make rosemary smoke, it is so much better than biting into a piece of charred rosemary on the chicken. You can still taste the rosemary smoke on the chicken but not the bitter bite.
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Re: herbed cream cheese

I like thyme and caramelized onions, too. Kinda like a French onion dip!
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