Ingredient of the Week: cream cheese
There are French references to cream cheese as early as 1651. References to cream cheese in England start from at least 1754, and recipes follow soon after.
According to Kraft Foods, the first American cream cheese was made in New York in 1872 by American dairyman William Lawrence. In 1880, 'Philadelphia' was adopted as the brand name, after the city that was considered at the time to be the home of top quality food
Cream cheese is used in savory snacks of various types (for example, as a spread on bread, bagels, crackers, various types of raw vegetables, etc.), and can be used in cheesecakes and salads. It can also be used to make cheese sauces. It is sometimes used in place of or in addition to butter when making cakes or cookies, and it is also used to make cream cheese icing. It is the main ingredient in crab rangoon, an appetizer commonly served at Chinese restaurants. It can also be used instead of butter or olive oil in mashed potatoes to create a creamy taste.
How do you use it, and what is your favorite recipes for it?