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3 Kicked Up Schmeers

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Ingredients

  • CALIFORNIA:
  • 12 ounces goat cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained oil-cured sun-dried
  • tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup black olives pitted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup lightly-toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped sweet onions (such as Vidalia or Maui)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • UPPER WEST SIDE:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped chives
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon roughly chopped
  • STRAWBERRY:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup roughly-chopped strawberries drained

Details

Servings 1

Preparation

Step 1

California: In a bowl, cream the goat cheese with a rubber spatula. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Adjust seasoning, to taste, and serve with warm bagels. (Makes about 2 cups)

Upper West Side: In a bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne with a rubber spatula. Fold in the chives and mix well. Fold in the salmon and mix well. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Makes about 1 1/2 cups)

Strawberry: In a bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and Grand Marnier until smooth. Fold in the strawberries. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Makes about 1 1/2 cups)

This recipe yields about 1 1/2 to 2 cups.

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