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.