Saturday, September 12, 2009

Garden Veggie Cream Cheese


When it comes to breakfast, do you tend to have a sweet or savory tooth? I flip back and forth depending on my mood but I prefer savory breakfast dishes first and then finish it off with something sweet. When it comes to bagels, my typical order at a local cafe is a jalapeno cheddar bagel which I top with a garden vegetable cream cheese. The savory combination hits the spot every time. Since I made a sweet cream cheese spread for my recent brunch, I naturally had to include a savory option.

For all the times I've ordered my jalapeno bagel with veggie cream cheese, I'm surprised I waited so long to make this spread. The garden veggie cream cheese I usually order has bits of carrot, bell pepper, onion and some dried herbs. I figured I could play with the ingredients I had and did my best to recreate it at home. The result? My veggie spread was definitely better than what I've been ordering from the cafe. It has a good amount of color and texture from the fresh vegetables and a nice hint of fresh dill mixed in. This went well with my guests since I didn't have any leftovers after the brunch so I plan on making this again to keep on hand!

Garden Veggie Cream Cheese
original Joelen recipe

1 brick (8oz) neufatchel cream cheese (light or regular cream cheese)
1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup finely minced carrot
1/4 cup finely minced bell peppers (red/yellow/orange/green)
1 scallion, thinly sliced (green part only)

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients above. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes. (If you can make it a day in advance, the flavors meld and becomes even better!)


outoftherabbithole said...

Looks great! I bet the dill makes all the difference.

oneordinaryday said...

This looks delicious. I love the colors and all that fresh dill. Nice job!

Kristin said...

My bagel and cream cheese of choice is identical to yours!! Yum!!!

pixen said...

Lovely combination! Thank you for sharing :-)

BMK said...

That looks great! I love flavored cream cheese and it never occurred to me that I could make my own. I bet the flavors really pop when its fresh!

Carrie said...

Veggie cream cheese is my favorite, but I never thought to make it at home. It looks really great, and I love all of the colors!

Jessica said...

I love adding different flavors to cream cheese. My mom used to made us salmon cream cheese growing up, so I've tried making that a couple of times. However, I've never tried veggie cream cheese, even though I'll frequently buy it at the bagel shop!

Christy Hogan said...

This is a really tasty recipe. It's much better than the store bought version. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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