8 Dinners That Start with a Block of Cream Cheese
Foil-wrapped blocks of cream cheese may as well be wrapped in gold: The creamy spread is an all-star ingredient in so many dishes. Yes, it's the foundation for our favorite cheesecakes and frostings, but did you know it can also make an instant Alfredo sauce or transform stuffed chicken? These savory recipes all get fantastic richness, body, and tang from a block of cream cheese. Go ahead and give this block permanent real estate in your fridge, right next to the butter.
Home-Style Macaroni and Cheese
Cream cheese is the secret to the rich sauce that coats every noodle in this baked mac and cheese. It also tames the heat of chopped canned jalapeños, a great addition for kick. "Winner!" says Emily Righter.
Garlic-Lemon Double Stuffed Chicken
"This recipe was so easy — and tastes heavenly!" says cinnamonlover. Cream cheese and Cheddar–stuffed chicken breasts are breaded and baked until golden. It's an easy way to totally upgrade a weeknight staple.
Creamy Chicken Lasagna
No need to cook a béchemel sauce before assembling this lasagna: A block of cream cheese melds with the warm broth for an instant creamy base. "It is so good and so rich!" says eyessparkle.
Jalapeño Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
Cream Cheese, Garlic, and Chive Stuffed Chicken
"This turned out very well," says Momof2. "I used garlic herb cream cheese to add more flavor."
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Bagel favorites smoked salmon and cream cheese come together once again in these grab-and-go wraps, also an easy appetizer for a crowd. "Everyone loved it and it was easy to make," says Elena.
Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce
Your shortcut to creamy Alfredo sauce is just a package of cream cheese away. It's stirred right into the pan with melted butter and Parmesan — just add your cooked noodle of choice and toss to coat.
Cream Cheese Chicken
Brown sugar and Dijon mustard give a sweet and tangy coating to this cream cheese-stuffed chicken. This recipe is also gluten-free, since crunchy nuts are used in place of bread crumbs.