Ah, the cream cheese. Probably the most basic dairy product out there. A common sight in family homes around the world, cream cheese is infallible in most of the usual dishes you or your mom may prepare. Why? The answer is straightforward. The texture of cream cheese is pretty neutral. It isn’t soft much, but it isn’t tough at the same time, which makes it perfect for various meals and changing its physical appearance.
Being so useful and versatile, you probably found yourself in a situation where you needed cream cheese, but you didn’t have one near you. Maybe you forgot to buy it, or the shops were closed. Perhaps the local dairy shop didn’t have it in stock. Or you just had one piece which wasn’t enough for your meal. Now you’re panicking. The cream cheese, which you adore so much, isn’t near you and it can’t help you make your perfect dish, what are you going to do?
Slow down, cowboy. Breathe. Thankfully, we’re here to help you out. Since we know how vital cream cheese is for households around the world, we wanted to help you out if you ever find yourself in a situation similar to the above. And what’s a better way to help you out than giving you the broad list of possible substitutes of cream cheese which will serve equally good as the real thing? Yeah, there isn’t one.
So, pull your notebooks out, since you would want to memorize all this. In this article, we’ll cover some of the best cream cheese substitutes out there and ways you can prepare them for your meal to be top-notch.
This cheese has its roots in the French Riviera, but recently, it’s been produced all over the United States. It has a neutral texture, similar to cream cheese, and it ages pretty well. Having that said, this cheese unveils its maximum potential when it stays out for some time. Its texture can be a bit creamy, and it can pretty much serve as an equal substitute to cream cheese. One cup of Neufchatel is the same as 1 cup of cream cheese. Have that in mind, when you run out of your favourite dairy product.
If Neufchâtel made you curious and you’d like to know more, we got you covered. Here is a detailed article we wrote about this fantastic cheese. We are sure you will love it.
Kefir and Chia
The next one on the list may come as a surprise. Not everyone is a fan of kefir, but combined with chia seeds, it becomes the sibling of cream cheese. The texture becomes the same, and the taste becomes so similar that if you close your eyes, you probably won’t notice the difference.
The thing with kefir and chia seeds is that they are incredibly versatile and can pretty much be used in every meal where you can put a dairy product. The trick to this mix is to let chia seeds absorb the water from the kefir since that way they will have the same texture as cream cheese. Keep in mind that you have to be patient with these things. If you rush, the taste won’t be perfect, and you might be disappointed in kefir. But, everything takes practice and studies have shown that 30 minutes are ideal for letting kefir and chia seeds to do their job. So, be patient, let them mix and then enjoy their taste.
If you need cream cheese but don’t have one, you can use 11 oz of Petit-Suisse cheese with honey together. It’s a great mix which isn’t very famous but the ones that know about it, swear by it. Just be careful, this type of cheese has a high-fat percentage (about 40%) so if you want to keep your diet in check, keep that in mind.
Ah, the cottage cheese. Not mentioned enough, cottage cheese can serve as a great substitute to many dairy products, not just cream cheese. Its texture can change depending on what you need it for. In this case, we want it to behave like cream cheese. Therefore, you can take the same amount of this cheese as you would with the creamy one, pour it up in the mixer and then chill it in the freezer.
The end product is very cream cheese-like. It’s rich in vitamins and proteins, but because of it’s fresh taste, you should always use it with other products combined. We combined a list of the best cottage cheeses you can find at your local store, so be sure to check it out.
Have you ever been to Europe? If you had, you know that yoghurt is a liquid similar to milk, but has more texture to it. But, if you’ve ever been to Greece, you would be astonished by the way their yoghurt looks. In short words, it doesn’t resemble yoghurt at all. It’s far thicker, and it’s ideal as a substitution for cream cheese.
One thing which makes Greek yoghurt so great is the fact that you can add so much stuff into it. Just think off onions, celery, carrots and so on. By combining different ingredients, the yoghurt tastes change as well, which is excellent since you can experiment a little and make new ways of serving your favourite meal.
Hummus is yet another excellent substitute for cream cheese even though it doesn’t taste also near as its creamy friend. But, never mind that. You can eat it with bagels or other types of bread which adds to the taste. Apart from that, one more positive aspect of hummus is that it’s incredibly healthy.
In contrast to it, cream cheese has a lot of fat in it, and even though we all know it’s delicious, you shouldn’t overeat it.
If you want a good cream cheese substitute, look no further. All you need is a ¾ cup of tofu cheese, one tbsp of lemon juice and ¼ cup of margarine. Mix all ingredients, and you’ll get a sweet and tasty pasta which you can then add to your favourite meal or just put in the refrigerator to cool. This way, you’ll get the perfect cream cheese substitution.
Another all-round good cheese. It’s neutral, healthy, it has a low-fat percentage, and it has a similar texture to the cream chase, which makes it a perfect cream cheese substitution. You can pretty much name it cream cheese 2.0 since it’s kind of an upgraded version of the same thing. And being an upgrade, maybe you’ll forget all about the cream cheese from this point. The Gervais cheese will become your obsession, your go-to cheese when you want a reliable and tasty cream cheese substitute.
Ricotta is a bit different from cream cheese, but if you don’t have any other option, you can make it work. First of all, you need to drain it and puree in a blender until smooth. After that leave it in a fridge for half an hour until it has a similar texture to the cream cheese. When it cools, you’ll have a great side dish. In case you got some ricotta leftovers, don’t worry, you can always freeze ricotta cheese and save it for later.
Cheese from a goat? Hmm? Are you sure? Yes, we are. Cheese from this incredible animal tastes tremendous and in some occasions, even better than the one from cow milk. There are a lot of goat cream cheese options out there. Most supermarkets offer some kind of this product, just in different packages. So, if you want to try something new but still have the feeling of eating cream cheese, look for goat cream cheese. It’s a great substitution which will make you fall in love with this type of cheese.
Even though cheddar has nothing to do with cream cheese on some extreme occasions, you can turn it into something which resembles the one. You need to cut it in slices and pour it in a mixer. After mixing it, add some water to it and remix it. The cream you get should be put into the refrigerator and let it freeze for 45 minutes. Pull it out and let it take some air. You’ll get something similar to cream cheese – cream cheddar. It can be useful, trust us. Try it out and let us know how it works for you.
All in all, if you don’t have any cream cheese left, no worries. There are a lot of ways which you can replace it and probably make your meal even better. If you follow some of the instructions in this article, we’re sure you will discover even more cheese combinations – which you didn’t even know existed.
And that’s the thing about all of this. It’s not about finding the perfect cream cheese substitute. No. It’s about trying out new things and making different meals. Only by doing that, you’ll be able to discover how beautiful the cheese world is and let’s face it, would you ever think that you could make cream cheese from cheddar? Exactly. That’s the reason why sometimes it’s better not to have cream cheese around you.