Scallion cream cheese is an easy spread that can be made at home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought! It’s the perfect topping for bagels, toast, crackers or a sandwich.
Bagels have always been one of my favorite foods and trying different flavors of cream cheese is part of the fun! Scallion cream cheese is one that I almost always go for. It’s great with smoked salmon (or lox), but also works really well for a vegetarian bagel with tomato and cucumber.
Why this recipe works
Grabbing a package of regular cream cheese from the store is so much more affordable that picking up a more luxe, flavored spread. Plus, it’s so easy to mix up at home with your favorite mix-ins. In this case, scallions and capers.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Cream cheese look for a high-quality, full fat cream cheese.
- For the mix ins, scallions or green onions of course.
- I also like to add capers. I add capers to my bagel with cream cheese and salmon anyways so I find mixing them into the cream cheese is actually easier than sprinkling on the salmon.
- Chive cream cheese: Instead of scallions or green onions, chives are a delicious mix in.
- Garlic and herb: Cream cheese with garlic powder and various fresh herbs like dill, parsley, and thyme.
- Sun-dried Tomato and Basil: Blend the cream cheese with sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil and fresh basil.
- If you’re not splurging on the flavored cream cheese, I’d recommend splurging on the plain cream cheese itself. Even the higher quality cream cheese will be more affordable than its flavored counterpart.
- The texture of different brands of cream cheese can vary quite significantly. If you want a looser and creamier cheese spread, you can mix in a little bit of cream as you add your mix-ins. Stir in about a teaspoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
- The secret to making a bagel-shop worthy bagel at home is to go really big on the cream cheese. Always add more than you think.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Arla Foods, as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my sponsors and allowing me to continue creating recipes like this scallion caper cream cheese.