If you still haven’t decided what to bake/cook for your New Year’s Eve (NYE) party, a block or 2 of Philadelphia cream cheese can work wonders…and oh-so-good treats to ring in the New Year. So hurry, before you know it…countdown starts. Happy New Year to ‘ya all!
Product: Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Regular
BOB RECIPE: Spaghetti a la Philly
Prep time: 25 minutes
Makes: 6 serving
1/2 lb. spaghetti, uncooked
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 jar (24 oz) spaghetti or pasta sauce
4 oz (1/2 of 8 oz pkg) Philadelphia cream cheese, cubed
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Cook spaghetti as directed on package. You may want to sprinkle some italian seasoning in salted boiling water, and yes, put drops of cooking oil. And cook spaghetti al dente, meaning cooked but still firm to the bite.
Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet or wok; drain. Return meat to skillet. Stir in sauce and cream cheese; cook on low heat 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce is well blended and heated through, stirring frequently.
Drain spaghetti (don’t rinse). Add to sauce; mix lightly. Place on platter; top with Parmesan cheese.
And here’s for dessert…
BOB RECIPE: Marble Brownies
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Makes: 32 servings
1 pkg (19 to 21 oz) brownie mix (13 x 9 x 2 pan size)
1 pkg (8 oz) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 350 F.
Prepare brownie batter as directed on package; spread into greased 13 x 9 x 2 pan.
Beat cream cheese (you can microwave cream cheese to soften, high 10 seconds) with mixer until creamy. Add sugar, egg and vanilla; mix well. Drop by tablespoonfuls over brownie batter; swirl with knife.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting to serve. Keep refrigerated.
Note: Don’t use brownie mix with a syrup pouch.
And plus, for your side dish…
Creamy Mashed Potatoes: Stir 4 oz cream cheese, cubed into 3 cups of hot mashed potatoes.