May 28, 2019

Ella’s Kitchen

June is Dairy Month and June 4th is National Cheese day so here are some cheesy recipes. 

-Ella

Three Variations of Cream Cheese with Meat Spreads

I used the already whipped and soft cream cheese. For most other recipes calling for cream cheese, I use the block style and soften it at room temperature. But for these, I used the tubs of whipped. I knew it would be used as a spread and I didn’t want it to get to hard when refrigerated.

I experimented with various spices, so you can do the same. The anise seed gave a sweet taste to the ham mixture, but if that isn’t to your liking, omit it. I had thought of using a dash of ground cloves, but I was out. I used dill pickle juice, but sweet pickle juice could be used as well. Just a matter of your personal tastes. Rather than crackers, I made myself a snack using celery sticks and carrot slices that were left over from a veggie tray I had made.

Cream Cheese with Roast Beef

  • 8 ounces softened or whipped cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped or minced roast beef
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon poppy seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish sauce, or to taste. Use a little more if you want more zing
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Serve with assorted crackers or a spread on rye bread.

Cream Cheese with Ham

  • 8 ounces softened or whipped cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped or finely diced ham
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pickle juice

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Serve with assorted crackers or a spread on sourdough bread.

Cream Cheese with Turkey

  • 8 ounces softened or whipped cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped or finely diced turkey
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery (I used the celery leaves and tender pieces from the heart of the celery)
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley, either fresh or dried
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Serve with assorted crackers or a spread on multigrain bread.

Simple Guide to Cheese

Hard Cheese

As the name implies, it is hard. Usually aged longer and under pressure. These include Asiago, Parmigiana-Reggieano, Romano, Cheddar and Swiss

Semi-hard Cheese

These are similar, but not as hard. This category includes Provolone and Gouda

Semi-soft Cheese

These cheeses have a higher moisture content, and a milder flavor. They include Mozzarella, Havarti, and Muenster.

Soft Cheese

A perfect cheese to spread on crackers. Since it has not been aged, preservatives are often added. Soft cheese will spoil in a matter of days. These cheeses include Brie, Feta, Ricotta, Cottage Cheese, and Cream Cheese.

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