About a year ago, Kraft came out with a product line of cream-cheese based cooking cremes. Some of the flavors included Italian Cheese and Herb, Santa Fe Blend, and Savory Lemon and Herb. I have to admit, I was tempted to try them. Who wouldn't like creamy dishes with the yummy flavor of cream cheese? Until you read the list of ingredients and see all the preservatives and yucky stuff that have been added.
When I read SnoWhite's great idea for making your own cooking creme, I knew I'd found a great alternative. And I finally put her idea to the test this week. I have to say the results were amazing!
Here's what you need:
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup chicken broth
In a small saucepan, combine the cream cheese and broth. Stir over low heat until the cheese is melted.
Yep, that's it! Two ingredients! Now, you spice it up to match whatever flavor you're looking for.
If you want an Italian flair, add 1 TBSP Italian herbs and a few dashes of grated Parmesan cheese.
For the Southwest flavor, stir in 1 TBSP taco seasoning or a couple of teaspoons of taco sauce. A squeeze of lime juice can finish it off.
Add lemon zest and a TBSP of lemon juice plus some herbs for sauce with a tangy twist.
You can easily match Kraft's flavors with some creative combinations of your own without the extra ingredients that you don't need!