As cheese connoisseurs, we always find unique ways to incorporate cheeses into our recipes, especially when it comes to snacks. It may be a little biased to say, but cream cheese is one of those go-to spreads that you can add to almost anything, and it’s guaranteed to elevate your snacking game. In America, cream cheese has become one of the most versatile and popular cheese spreads on the market. Today, it even comes in various flavored varieties, including those with herbs, fruits, veggies, and more.
With spring finally here, it’s time to bring those spring flavors into your home with seasonal fruits and vegetables. This season, bring snacking to another level with these ultimate spring-inspired cream cheese pairings!
Choose a Base
The first step is choosing your base to spread your cream cheese on; this could be your favorite cracker, vegetable, or fruit. It’s best to stick with seasonal fruits and vegetables for the best flavor and price! You will mostly find fresh produce such as apples, apricots, asparagus, carrots, celery, kiwi, snap peas, strawberries, radishes, and more in the springtime. Find out more by checking out the SNAP-Ed Seasonal Produce Guide or visit your local market to see what’s in-season near you!
Pick your Favorite Cream Cheese Spread
Next is the best part, choosing your cream cheese spread! Stick with original cream cheese or spice it up with different flavor combinations. We recommend making your own homemade cream cheese with Fromaggio so you can further customize your cream cheese options!
Toppings can bring your snack to the next level, but it’s definitely optional. If you choose, add fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or chives, or spices like crushed black pepper, paprika, or cinnamon, to your cream cheese snack. The possibilities are endless when it comes to toppings!
Popular Spring Pairings
If you’re not the best when it comes to creating your own pairings, here are five cream cheese snack ideas we recommend trying to get you in the spring mood:
- Radishes with chive & onion cream cheese spread topped with fresh chives.
- Carrots with garden vegetable cream cheese spread topped with fresh parsley.
- Snap peas with spicy jalapeno cream cheese spread topped with fresh mint.
- Ritz cracker with pineapple cream cheese spread topped with sliced strawberries & kiwi.
- Water cracker with strawberry cream cheese spread topped with cooked beet slices.
Let us know what cream cheese creations you come up with in the comments below!