Examples of cream cheese spread recipes include a basil walnut spread, a creamy salsa dip and a pretzel garlic dip. Another idea is to incorporate fruits such as raspberries, apricots and peaches into a cream cheese dip.
To make a cream cheese basil and walnut spread, start by combining six fresh basil leaves and three medium sized garlic cloves in a food processor. Process these ingredients until they are finely chopped. Add in 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup of olive oil and a few turns of fresh black pepper. Process again until a smooth consistency is reached.
This recipes makes two cups of dip. Transfer the spread into a serving dish, and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve the spread with assorted crackers or baguette rounds.
To make a creamy salsa dip, blend 16 ounces of cream cheese with a large jar of processed cheese spread and a small jar of salsa. Stir and heat this mixture until the texture is smooth.
The garlic pretzel dip requires 16 ounces of cream cheese, a jar of processed cheese spread and garlic to taste. Blend the ingredients until smooth.