Learning how to make cream cheese from scratch is easy. You may add fresh herbs and really blow your family away; it's outstanding.
Cream cheese is wonderful in savory dishes and desserts. I love cheesecake and dips, so I use cream cheese often.
For tangier cream cheese with less fat, use yogurt in place of cream and buttermilk.
HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE FROM SCRATCH
2 cups heavy cream
2 TBS buttermilk
kosher salt to taste
Combine the heavy cream with the buttermilk, then suspend the mixture in a clean piece of cloth over a bowl for 24 hours or until the cream thickens.
The longer you keep it suspended, the drier the cheese will be. Season with salt and any herbs to taste. For tangy cream cheese with less fat, use yogurt in place of the cream and buttermilk.
HOMEMADE TACO DIP RECIPE (photo)
One of my favorite homemade dip recipes...My sister makes this awesome dip and it disappears before you know it. I have seen her make it on a large plate or as big as a 24" round serving platter. Make sure it's chilled well.
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese (recipe above)
1 small pkg sour cream
Mix the above two ingredients together and cover the bottom of your serving plate completely.
1 bottle Ortega mild taco sauce (or your favorite brand)
Then pour taco sauce over the cream cheese mixture.
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1 lb ground beef
1 pkg homemade taco seasoning
Fry the ground beef with the taco seasoning adding 1 TBS water. Drain fat, and sprinkle over the taco sauce.
Then add the following ingredients on top in the order listed:
shredded iceberg lettuce
quartered cherry tomatoes
sliced black olives
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
chopped green onion tops
Chill for a few hours....
Restaurant style tortilla chips or lime flavored chips are used to dip into this delicious dip.
What is your favorite way to use cream cheese? Is it an appetizer? How about a cheesecake? I would love to hear from you. Please send me a note with a photo and the recipe (or just the recipe), and I will post it right here on this page.
Please feel free to check out the recipes at the links below. Who knows, you may find your next favorite recipe. Enjoy folks.