Comparison: Cream Cheese

This month I am comparing cream cheese.  At this time I am only comparing the two brands that are readily available in my local area ~ Daiya & Tofutti.

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I prefer the Tofutti ~ it is thicker & even though it has soy (which I usually work to avoid), I prefer the flavor over Daiya.

Daiya is a bit creamier.  For the flavor it has a sweetness & aftertaste that does not work well with savory dishes.  For desserts it works great.  I’ve used it for cheesecake & it turned out well.

As I try other brands I will edit this post & add at that time.

 

Cheeseball:

8 ounces cream cheese

fresh garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed, to taste (I prefer it garlicky, so I add in many cloves)

finely chopped chives or green onions

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

shredded cheese of choice (I used Follow Your Heart American), about 1 to 2 cups

crispy bacon bits or finely chopped pecans, etc for the outside of the cheeseball ~ this is optional

 

to the cream cheese add the garlic & combine well; repeat with the green onions, salt and pepper. Add in shredded cheese & combine well; shape into a ball & roll in outside toppings; place on serving plate & refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Refrigerated, this will last about a week or so.

This is a great recipe to play around with the flavors.  Maybe combining smoked paprika, ground chipotle & ground ancho for a smokey flavor ~ toasted pecans for the outside.

For a sweet option, add some powdered sugar (3/4 to 1 cup or to taste), about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla & Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips; serve with fruit & non-dairy cookies

The options are endless; have fun exploring flavors.

 

Enjoy.

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