If you are looking to step up your game in the kitchen and create a tasty dish that the whole family will love, then you have to try this delicious smoked cream cheese recipe.
It's full of flavor and versatile enough that you can add smoked cream cheese to any dish that you might already be adding cheese to anyway.
Table of Contents
Why This Recipe Works
This smoked cream cheese recipe works on its own as a spread. Served alongside some crackers and cured meats, this smoked cream cheese will be a hit with the charcuterie crowd.
It even works as a condiment that you can add to sandwiches, pasta, and potatoes. After making this smoked cream cheese once, you'll want to add it to everything.
Much of the time, when cream cheese is used in recipes, it needs to be softened to room temperature. That is not the case with this recipe. Make sure that it stays in your refrigerator until you are ready to prepare it for the smoker. It will cook much nicer if your block of cream cheese is cool when it goes into the smoker.
- Use old bay seasoning if you are adding your smoked cream cheese to any seafood-based dishes. Use Montreal steak spice to add smoked cream cheese to your charcuterie board. Season the cream cheese with everything bagel seasoning for the most delicious bagel with smoked cream cheese and lox. Try taco seasoning to make a smoked cream cheese in which you can dip your nachos. There are so many seasoning options to try. Have fun and get creative with it.
What to Serve With Smoked Cream Cheese
There are so many delicious ways you can use this tasty smoked cream cheese. Create a stunning charcuterie board using your smoked cream cheese, some homemade rosemary bread, and fig jam.
You can spread it on sandwiches and burgers, mix them in with your mashed potatoes, or create a cheesy pasta dish with your smoked cream cheese. Get creative because the possibilities are endless.
How long can smoked cream cheese leftovers be stored?
This is an excellent item to have on hand, and the leftovers from this smoked cream cheese recipe will last about a week stored in an airtight container in your fridge. You can also freeze any leftovers however, it might change the consistency. To make it smooth and creamy again after freezing, simply toss it in your food processor with some milk or cream for a minute or two until it has reached the desired consistency.
What wood chips should I use to make smoked cream cheese?
Some of my favorites to use are cherry, pecan, hickory, apple, oak, and almond. The smokier the flavor of the wood chips, the smokier the flavor your cream cheese will have.
Will the cream cheese melt during cooking?
Not totally. It will soften however, the smoker dries the cheese out a bit so it doesn't melt in the way you would expect it to. As long as you maintain a steady temperature, it will remain mostly solid during cooking.
More Cheesy Recipes
If you loved how deliciously cheesy this smoked cream cheese is, then you have to try these other cheesy dishes.
- Instant Pot Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
- Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Goat Cheese Dip
- Chili Cheese Fries
More Smoker Recipes
Smoked Cream Cheese
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Prepare your smoker or grill using your favorite wood chips or pellets. Preheat to 200F.
- Prepare a small dish using aluminum foil and place the cream cheese in the center.
- In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients to make your seasoning.
- Using a sharp knife, score the top of your cream cheese.
- Gently rub your spice mix onto the cream cheese ensuring to cover the sides as well. Drizzle olive oil on top.
- Place the aluminum foil dish with the cream cheese in your smoker and leave to cook for 2-3 hours. The longer you leave it, the smokier the flavor.
- Once the top has darkened in color and the score marks have opened up, remove the cream cheese from the smoker and allow it to stand for 10 minutes.
- Serve while warm and enjoy!