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.
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.
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.
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.