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Old 09-05-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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Substitutions for Cream Cheese

Hey everyone. I was just wondering if there are any good substitutions for cream cheese that are not yogurt or cottage cheese? I highly dislike all three, but so many pasta and dessert recipes call for cream cheese - will it depend on each individual recipe what can be used?

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC! Have you tried Neufchatel? A lot less fat than cream cheese, a Philly brand as well. Or try draining Greek yogurt with a coffee filter and colander and make yogurt cheese. It tastes pretty good. Sour cream might work, ricotta too. It would depend upon what you're making.

What flavor are you looking for?
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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Yogurt wouldn't work, but thanks! I haven't heard of Neufchatel before, I'll have to check it out. But is it a similar taste to cream cheese?
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:24 PM   #4
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Yes, tastes just like it. Philadelphia makes it, there are also generic brands.
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Yes, tastes just like it.
Yup.

It is a soft, unripened cream cheese,and one of the oldest cheeses from France. While it has a little more moisture, have no fear in using it as a substitute. Often, they are right next to one another in the store, heck, even in like the same packaging.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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Mm, it's the taste I'm trying to avoid. Would a thick cream work? Or ricotta might be ok. I'm just looking for general substitutions. Cream cheese seems to be in everything!
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Mm, it's the taste I'm trying to avoid. Would a thick cream work? Or ricotta might be ok. I'm just looking for general substitutions. Cream cheese seems to be in everything!
Well, the Neufchatel is the IDEAL candidate for a cream cheese sub, which you were asking for, what recipe are you trying to change up.

Without knowing what applications you are using it for, it's hard to recommend heavy cream, or whatever. . .
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #8
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Yea, I figured I would probably need to find a substitution on a case by case basis. At the immediate moment these two recipes are the ones I'm looking at:

Envy My Cooking: Italian chicken pasta

Pumpkin Dessert Bars Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes

I'm thinking I can probably get away with using a heavy cream for the pasta, but for the pumpkin bars I just want to find something that doesn't taste like cream cheese (or yogurt), but has the same consistency.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:42 PM   #9
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Mexican crema? It's like a really thick cream.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:55 PM   #10
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You could sub sour cream for cream cheese and adjust other liquids in the recipe to compensate.

Frankly, I think you're better off looking for recipes that don't call for these products.

If you like the taste of recipes that include these products, you should use them or the taste you like won't be there.
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