Cucumber Caraway Sandwich: spread Caraway Cream Cheese on two slices whole grain bread. Rye bread would be a good choice. Top one bread slice with thinly sliced cucumbers, sprinkle with sea salt. Top with 2nd bread slice.
Tomato Caraway Sandwich: follow Cucumber Sandwich directions substituting thinly sliced tomato for the cucumber.
Grilled Caraway Cheese Sandwich: saute a slice of whole grain bread topped with soy cheese in a little butter. Remove from pan and layer with: thinly sliced cucumbers, Caraway Spread, thinly sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced cucumbers, Caraway Spread, thinly sliced tomatoes. Top with another slice of grilled bread with soy cheese. Note: if you have trouble getting the soy cheese to melt, cover pan with lid while sauteing.
Caraway Hor d' ouevre:place spread in small bowl with pate knife. Surround with whole grain crackers, bread and veggie sticks. Radishes slices are really good with this spread.
Walnut Feta Spread: add 1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts to spread after creaming.
Pecan Feta Spread: add 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans to spread after creaming.
Blue Port Spread:substitute blue cheese for feta cheese, stir in 2 tablespoon port
Feta Cream Cheese hor d' oeuvres: top these with feta spread:
Butter Cream Cheese Spreads
These cream cheese spreads are a bit rich, but a serious deviation from the traditional method of using all butter (!), and once you pile on the vegetables you've got a great sandwich that doesn't really have any more fat than salad dressing - and it's a lot more fun to eat.
These recipes are separated into Starches (green) and Proteins (pink) as soy cream cheese can be used with whole grain breads and dairy cream cheese must use Protein Bread or other items in place of bread. Check out the chart below. If you'll be using an ingredient from a green square you can use either soy or dairy cream cheese (just make sure to use the appropriate bread), and if you'll be using an ingredient from a pink square then make sure to use dairy cream cheese and the appropriate bread substitute.
I like to serve a sandwich bar (I use either all Starch or all Protein ingredients depending on the dinner menu) as a first course for a barbecue dinner. I figure that since I can pile on lots of raw veggies this serves as my salad also. I find that when I place layers of raw veggies between layers of cheese or meat I can get lots more veggies into my sandwich and not feel like I'm eating a salad on a slice of bread.
Another spin on these spreads is to make up the sandwiches open face using deli-sliced additional ingredients. Then tightly roll the sandwich, inserting toothpicks 1/2 an inch apart. Slice between the toothpicks and serve as appetizers or hor d' oeuvres.
Saute any one of the following items in 1/4 cup butter
Move to the next step or add any of the below then chill:
Chill until filling is a soft, spreadable consistency.
Spread filling onto both slices of bread or bread substitute. Here are some bread choices:
(Layer any of the following on top of filling:)
* If you find the taste of soy cream cheese hard to take, don't give up on it altogether. It's a valuable tool to aid in reducing fat and dairy intake. Try mixing the soy cream cheese with an equal amount of real cream cheese, creme fraiche, sour cream, ricotta or cottage cheese. I try to use non-dairy cheese products in place of at least half the dairy in any recipe.
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