If you grew up in the 90’s, you know that bagels had a MOMENT. It was a time when bagel shops were popping up everywhere, bringing the carby goodness outside of New York and into middle America. I remember when our small town grocery store bakery first started making them, and my first trip to the elusive Einstein Bagels.
For the last few weeks I’ve been working on my sourdough bagel recipe (coming soon!), which led me to making a few homemade cream cheeses, too.
This quick and easy Jalapeno Cream Cheese has been our absolute favorite. It’s slightly spicy, rich, and creamy. Extra flavor comes from parmesan cheese and garlic powder, which goes so well with the distinctive peppery notes of jalapenos. To finish, a splash of fresh lemon juice brightens it all.
Thickly spread on a warm toasted bagel, it’s a dream combination! Perfect for those of us who love spice, chewy and cheesy-ness.
This versatile spread can be used in various ways!
This recipe will take you five minutes maximum to make. Simply add your ingredients to a food processor and puree for 30 seconds. Stop and scrape down sides, process for another 30 seconds, repeat once more. That’s it!
The result is the most delicious whipped cream cheese with a savory spiciness that goes so well with the mild, creaminess.
Individual sensitivity to spiciness varies, so what might be mild for one person could be perceived as quite spicy for another. That’s why for this recipe, you’re going to first start by removing the seeds and inner membranes of the jalapeno, which is where the most spice resides. You’ll chop the green part only and blend that into the cream cheese first, then taste to see if you would like it spicier.
If so, I suggest add a little bit of the membrane and seeds, a LITTLE at a time, re-blending, and see if it’s the level you like. Also remember that the heat will increase slightly as the cream cheese sits in the fridge.
Store your jalapeno cream cheese in a covered container for up to 6 days in the refrigerator. The flavor gets even better as it sits!