Cream cheese mix-ins
November 14, 2017 10:35 AM   Subscribe

Can you suggest savory ingredients that I can mix into cream cheese to spread on toast and slather on potatoes?

Herbs, spices, veggies, meats, and unexpected ingredients! Woohoo!
posted by Triumphant Muzak to Food & Drink (33 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
Chopped smoked salmon + dill!
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:42 AM on November 14 [2 favorites]

Nutritional yeast!
posted by raztaj at 10:44 AM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Black pepper with a squeeze of lemon juice.
posted by Lorc at 10:47 AM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Black olives, sundried tomatoes (or pesto), artichokes, general antipasti vegetables.

Fried mushrooms with garlic and/or pesto.

If you roasted aubergine with whatever kind of spices you like (I think either chilli or curry seasoning would work) and blended it into a whip with the cream cheese, I bet that would be delicious.

I second dill as a good herb to mix - dill, cucumber chunks, garlic and a bit of mint would be like cream cheese tzatziki.
posted by terretu at 10:48 AM on November 14

Of all the main ingredients you can do, my secret weapon add-ons are: worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, various vinegars, smoked paprika, chipotle or ancho powder with or without mild chili powder and cumin, fennel seed (anise seed), sesame seed of every color and toastedness level, furikake, and (I mean, or) curry paste. I'm a big cheeseball fan.

There is also my favorite party dish, sun dried tomato and pesto torta.
posted by Lyn Never at 10:49 AM on November 14

Fig jam
posted by SaltySalticid at 10:49 AM on November 14 [2 favorites]

Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel seasoning blend!
posted by jhope71 at 10:50 AM on November 14 [8 favorites]

Roast your Mushrooms like J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt suggests, then chop and add (along with any of the delicious 'shroom liquor you capture).
posted by Chrischris at 11:04 AM on November 14 [2 favorites]

Mustard and worcester sauce (together).
Chopped celery, apple and walnut.
Spinach and mushroom.
Hot sauce.
Fried sausage.
Varied combinations of guacamole ingredients.
Roast beetroot.
posted by quacks like a duck at 11:06 AM on November 14

Feta, garlic, parsley, marinated artichoke hearts.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:09 AM on November 14

Pickapeppa sauce
posted by evoque at 11:16 AM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Homemade chimichuri!
posted by kiwi-epitome at 11:25 AM on November 14

Sardines , paprika and sour cream with salt and pepper to taste. Chopped onion optional.
posted by I claim sanctuary at 11:27 AM on November 14

Miso, but go gentle
posted by O9scar at 11:27 AM on November 14

posted by augustimagination at 11:29 AM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Totally forgot about Zaatar. Definitely try zaatar!
posted by raztaj at 11:33 AM on November 14 [3 favorites]

Fresh chopped chives.
posted by meijusa at 11:41 AM on November 14 [3 favorites]

Chives, chives, chives!
posted by BlahLaLa at 11:41 AM on November 14

Or make Liptauer! (In which you then dip pretzel breadsticks.)
posted by meijusa at 11:46 AM on November 14

Freeze-dried real bacon bits.
posted by jgirl at 12:03 PM on November 14

Chopped roasted red peppers, chopped scallions, salt and pepper.
posted by Aquifer at 12:21 PM on November 14

carmelized onions and shallots
posted by mmascolino at 12:32 PM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Everything Bagel spice mix. It's to die for, especially with a bit of horseradish. I believe Trader Joe's sells it.

....and Jhope beat me to it!
posted by onecircleaday at 12:51 PM on November 14

The seasoning packet from good quality ramen.
posted by munchingzombie at 12:51 PM on November 14

this stuff is awesome, either mixed together using a mixer or put on top of cream cheese.
posted by koroshiya at 1:07 PM on November 14

Carrots and ginger.
posted by mynameisluka at 1:13 PM on November 14

Mango chutney
posted by brushtailedphascogale at 1:16 PM on November 14

Ranch dressing powder and/or Marinated Artichoke hearts
posted by sarajane at 1:38 PM on November 14

Jalapenos and bacon.
posted by AugustWest at 4:03 PM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Canned crab meat and minced raw onions.

Guava paste.
posted by Bruce H. at 7:58 PM on November 14

Svan salt.
posted by All hands bury the dead at 9:28 PM on November 14

Baharat is a nice mix.
posted by JulesER at 6:44 AM on November 15

onion dip mix (it's powdered and usually lives near spice blends)
posted by lettezilla at 10:02 AM on November 15

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