Cream cheese is super versatile, rich and loved by all, making it a perfect party app ingredient.
If you thought cream cheese was just for bagels – think again. This stuff is awesome in sweet, savory and spicy dishes, adding a creamy richness that enhances the flavor and texture of just about anything.
Here are a few ways you can use cream cheese to make your appetizers seem more like the main attraction.
Use cream cheese's putty-like consistency to your advantage by using it like glue, as is done in this recipe for Tomato-Cheese Canapes
. If you've got kids around – or just the young at heart – you can't go wrong with this Igloo Spread with Cream Cheese Penguins
. You could even just spread cream cheese on crackers or mini toasts and top with whatever ingredients you have on hand.
Amped-up cream cheese always makes a dip that disappears before you even know it. Apps like this Zippy Vegetable Dip
are notorious crowd-pleasers and versatile enough that you can eat it with just about any kind of veggie or cracker.
Spreading cream cheese on dough as a base for pizza is also a creative, tasty use. But we're not talking about pepperoni and mozzarella – instead, think outside the delivery box and try these Fig and Blue Cheese Appetizer Tarts