December 17, 2013

Flavored Cream Cheese

A great appetizer for your holiday’s parties!


servings: 1 lb.
time: 15 minutes


Ingredients
0.9 lb. cream cheese
4 or 5 garlic cloves, minced or finely sliced
2 or 3 tbs. olive oil
red pepper flakes to taste
½ cup chopped parsley




Directions

1 – Remove the cream cheese from container and place in the bowl that you will serve the appetizer. Set aside.
2 – In a saute pan, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Let get brown according to your preference, more or less dark.
3 – Add the pepper flakes and parsley. Stir and remove from heat.
4 – Let the mixture from the pan to cool slightly and pour it over the cream cheese. Refrigerate for about 2 hours and serve, accompanied by bread, toast and crackers.

 
Tips and Options
  • To vary the flavor use other herbs such as thyme, chives, leeks and rosemary.
  • Instead of garlic, use sautéed onions.
  • This appetizer can be done the day before and kept in the refrigerator.
  • The recipe from the pictures was made with a Brazilian cream cheese called Catupiry, but because it’s a hard product to find in the US, I rewrote Caturipy for cream cheese.
     
Original recipe (in Portuguese): Catupiry Temperado.

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