3 Kicked Up Schmeers

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
about 2 cups
Level:
Easy

CATEGORIES
Ingredients
  • California:
  • 12 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup drained and chopped oil-cured sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onions, such as Vidalia or Maui
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Upper West Side:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon, roughly chopped
  • Strawberry:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped strawberries, drained
Directions
California:

In a bowl, cream the goat cheese with a rubber spatula. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Adjust seasoning, to taste, and serve with warm bagels.

Upper West Side:

In a bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne with a rubber spatula. Fold in the chives and mix well. Fold in the salmon and mix well. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Strawberry:

In a bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and Grand Marnier until smooth. Fold in the strawberries. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

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