Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread


 A toasted bagel slathered with cream cheese is such a happy breakfast for me.  I know it's a lot of carbs, but once in a while I like to buy a big bagel and just savor it. My favorite cream cheese on a savory bagel is vegetable cream cheese.  I'm frugal so I don't like to pay for the pre-made version that usually costs twice as much as the regular cream cheese for a smaller tub.  It takes almost no time (if you have a food processor) to make your own version of vegetable cream cheese. I made mine extra spicy by using an anahiem pepper instead of a green bell pepper.   I loved the spicy kick I got from the pepper and all the fresh flavor from the vegetables and so did my little daughter.  We have both picked out our bagels for breakfast tomorrow so we can enjoy this yummy vegetable cream cheese again. 
8oz package of plain cream cheese (low fat is fine)
1 small carrot peeled
1 celery stalk
1Tbs of fresh dill (optional)
1 stalk of scallions
1/2 green bell pepper (or spicy pepper like an Anaheim-seeded)
1/2 tsp of granulated garlic
salt to taste

Coarsely chop carrots, scallions, celery, dill and pepper.  Put into food processor and plus a few times until it's at a fine diced.   Then add the cream cheese, granulated garlic and sprinkle of salt and process until smooth and well
incorporated. Serve with bagels.  Enjoy.

 My Daughter's Turn.....
  My daughter was watching me work on my recipe and she decided she wanted to help make her own version (with her play food).  She asked for her recipe to be put on the blog so I happily obliged. I actually had to stop working on my recipe to just simply watch her "pretend" to have a cooking show and describe everything she was doing.  Who knows... I may have the next Rachael Ray on my hands! :)

 PS....She wanted everyone to know that this is kids play food so it's just for playing and not really eating. 

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