5 new ways with cream cheese

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Cream cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Eat it as is or jazz it up with one of Hannah Lewry’s five mouthwatering ways. Pro tip: make more than you think you need. You (and your guests) will be going back for seconds… And thirds and fourths.

1. Tear-and-share puff pastry and cream-cheese squares

Lightly score a thawed sheet of puff pastry into bite-sized squares. Beat 1 free-range egg, brush onto the pastry and bake for 20 minutes at 200°C, or until golden. Top each square with 1 t Woolworths’ medium-fat cream cheese with chermoula, red pepper chutney & almonds. Add fresh rocket or microherbs and serve as a canapé for guests. Let them tear off tasty little squares as need be.

2. Cream cheese pasta with pear and Parma ham

Fold 3 –4 T Woolworths’ smoked salmon flavoured, lemon zest and dill cream cheese into 250 g cooked, hot pasta (e.g. tagliatelle). Top with 1 or 2 diced fresh pears and a few wafers of Parma ham or crispy bacon. Serve hot with drizzle of olive oil and cracked black pepper.

3. Cream cheese veggie stack

Thinly slice 2 brinjals. Rub with olive oil and season. Fry on a hot griddle pan until charred on each side. Divide the brinjal between 4 plates. Stack, adding generous helpings of Woolworths’ cream cheese with tomato and herbs between each layer. Serve with basil pesto, sliced red salad onions, a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh basil.

4. Cream-cheese chilli poppers

Slice and seed 12 jalapeños and stuff with 200 g Woolworths’ smoky BBQ and spring onion full-fat cream cheese. Wrap with spring-roll pastry strips and deep fry until golden brown. Eat hot with sweet chilli dipping sauce.

5. Ginger crumbed cream cheese balls

Crush 1 packet ginger biscuits until fine. Toss with the same quantity of panko crumbs. Roll 140 g Woolworths’ medium fat cream cheese bites into the crumbs. Be sure to push the balls into the crumbs to coat generously. Chill to firm, then shallow-fry in hot oil for a few seconds until golden. Serve hot with salad.

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Hannah Lewry Article by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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