Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese and the FwF Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese with the works from Foodie with Family.


Update: The winner of the Sam’s Club giveaway is Barbara N. Nice start to a Monday, eh, Barb? Check your email for details.

I have to tell you that I have a list of kryptonite foods -foods against which I have absolutely zero self control- and today’s post contains seven of them in one form or another. In other words, this is pretty darned close to perfection in my book.

My current (current because it changes from time to time) kryptonite foods list is:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Dill
  • Lemon
  • Smoked fish (in general)
  • Smoked Salmon (specifically)
  • Bagels (in general)
  • Everything Bagels (specifically)
  • Pumpernickel
  • Pumpernickel Everything Bagels (Black Russian bagels) Fuggedaboudit. That’s as good as it gets.
  • Biscuits
  • Gravy
  • Feta
  • Garlic-stuffed kalamata olives

Living as far out as I do, it’s not often I can lay my hands on some of those ingredients, so when I do, I go a bit nutso. For example, that lady who was frantically stuffing all the Black Russian bagels in the bin into her bakery bag at Wegman’s? That was me. And the gal at Sam’s Club who was desperately clutching the packages of smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, fresh dill, lemons and a boneless leg of lam? Yours truly. I can’t help myself. The lamb just sounded goooooooooood.

Bless Sam’s Club for carrying everything but the bagels. (And they DO have bagels… just not the Black Russian variety.)

Do you like flavoured cream cheese? I am insanely devoted to it. I love the creamy, rich cheese when it’s completely infused with herbs and citrus, garden vegetables and garlic, chives, or -for something completely different- a little maple syrup and cinnamon. Here’s where I twitch with desire a bit… My all-time favourite version of this concoction is a light lemony cream cheese studded with chopped fresh dill, parsley and green onion. HOLLA!

I’m sorry. Sometimes I lose my head over cream cheese. It’s a sickness. I’m working on it.

Here’s the beautiful thing of it; although I could probably easily eat an entire batch of it myself in one sitting, (Hangs head in shame.) I cover it tightly and pop it into the refrigerator where it will last (improving daily) for about one week. I can’t promise that I am above walking past the fridge, throwing the door open and scooping my finger through the bowl from time to time. Remember, cream cheese=kryptonite.

I have good news, though! This is the time of year that many folks are resolved to eat better than they did in the previous year. If you’re in that camp, you can easily substitute Neufchâtel Cheese (commonly sold by major brands as Low-Fat Cream Cheese or 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese) for the regular full-fat cream cheese without sacrificing any of the quality, flavour, or smooth creamy texture you want. Big old win!

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that the Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese goes beautifully on my beloved toasted Black Russian bagels topped with flaked smoked salmon, capers, and a pinch of fresh dill, natch.

Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese on a black Russian bagel with smoked salmon and capers from Foodie with Family.

But that’s not all it’s great on; it is the be-all-and-end-all on a roasted turkey or chicken breast sandwich with baby spinach and black olives, or as a dip for vegetable sticks, or spread on toast all by its lovely self. Get creative! Spread it on a bun for a grilled turkey burger or on a flat bread for a lamb wrap. The fresh, light, creamy, dilly cheese goes just about anywhere!

Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese and the FwF Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich | {GIVEAWAY!}
Lemony, light, studded with fresh dill and other herbs, this refreshing spreadable cream cheese is fantastic on the FwF Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich or smeared on a chicken sandwich, bagel, turkey burger, or used as a dip for fresh vegetables. It can easily be made with ⅓-less fat cream cheese (Neufchatel cheese) lightening up the fat content in the recipe for those with dietary restrictions.
For the Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese:
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of ½ to 1 whole lemon, to taste
  • ⅓ cup minced fresh dill weed, lightly packed
  • ¼ cup minced fresh flat leaf or curly parsley, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions, green part only
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the FwF Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich:
  • 1 pumpernickel everything bagel (Black Russian bagel) or your preferred savoury bagel
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup flaked or 2 thin slices smoked salmon
  • 5 to 10 pickled capers, drained
  • fresh dill, to taste
To Make the Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese:
  1. Add the cream cheese, lemon zest, juice of ½ a lemon (to start with), dill weed, parsley and green onions to a mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.) Mix with a hand mixer on high (or on high on the stand mixer) until the cream cheese is fluffy, about 1½ minutes. Taste the cream cheese and add more lemon juice, if desired, along with salt and black pepper to taste. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix on high an additional 30 seconds, or until everything is fully incorporated. Scrape the contents into a container with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate for at least an hour before using and up to a week.
To Make the FwF Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich:
  1. Slice open the bagel and spread ½ a teaspoon of softened butter on each cut surface. Broil under a hot broiler just until the butter is bubbly and the bagel is toasted on top. Remove the bagel from the oven and let cool until it is comfortable to handle.
  2. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the Lemon Dill Spreadable Cream Cheese on the bottom half of the bagel. Layer on the flaked or sliced smoked salmon, as many capers as you'd like and fresh fronds of dill, if desired. Top with the top half of the bagel and enjoy!

Now a giveaway!

Sam’s Club contacted me before the holidays offering a giveaway to one of my readers. With all that went on around here, the post didn’t happen. Sam’s Club has graciously offered to let me do the giveaway in spite of the fact that I didn’t get the post up in time. I am grateful, because I’m a big fan of Sam’s Club. With such a big family to manage, Sam’s Club is the go-to place for paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, etc..) and mega packs of juice boxes. I love the selection of fresh meats (and the price is always competitive), produce and dairy products. Thank you Sam’s Club! So what are we giving away today? A Modern Cocktail Holiday Mixer Party Pack! Sam’s Club says, “This fun, non-alcoholic drink mixer pack will turn the average consumer into a modern day mixologist. The Modern Cocktail Holiday Mixer Variety Pack contains our top selling holiday mixers to include 4 Margarita Mixers, 4 Martini Mixers, 4 Berrytini Mixers and 3 Champagne Toppers. The pack also contains salt and sugar crystals to finish off any premium cocktail.” All you have to do is add liquor!

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me how your holidays were. Did you get to see family? Did you stay home hunkered in? Talk to me!

The winner will be chosen at random and notified by next Monday, January 14th, 2013.

Disclosure: This contest is open only to US Residents due to shipping restraints. Sam’s Club provided a membership and covered my food costs for the recipe, and is providing the prize to the winner,  but all opinions are my own.



  1. Traci says

    Our holidays were packed to the brim with family and friends…best way to spend them! I think I’d tuck this away until spring/early summer!

  2. Elaine says

    Except for 2 days spent packing and moving one daughter out of her apt., we had a great holiday, laid back, restful and thankful!

  3. Jen says

    I simply love the Holiday Season!!! My festive holiday was filled with plenty of food, family, and fun. We visited a few holiday markets and spent many blissful evenings in our car driving through different neighborhoods, enjoying the beautiful lights and decorations, while humming along to holiday music with thermos mugs full of homemade hot cocoa :) Counting down until Holiday Season 2013!!!

  4. Kimberly says

    Yes please & thank you!
    The holidays were wonderful! Spent it cooking and visiting with family close and far away.

  5. Rich B says

    We just bought a cottage in Michigan’s thumb at the end of the summer so we left the day after Christmas to enjoy the beautiful scenery, we did have several family members come with at various times in the week up until New Years Eve. It was a beautiful peaceful way to spend the holidays!

  6. Kathleen M says

    Our holidays were great! Thanks for asking.. HA.
    Love your blog, btw… I’ve made several 1/2 batches of your laundry detergent. With only two of us, I find that the 1/2 batch is just enough to last us 6 months. Great stuff! And thanks for the recipe!

  7. Karen D. says

    The five of us (Me, hubby and three kids), spent Christmas with my in laws and my dad. Unfortunately I was sick. At the doctor’s office on the day after Christmas. Made the best of it, though, and enjoyed a lovely holiday with the kids.

  8. Daria says

    Honestly, they were stressful! MIL had a health crisis before Christmas, now resolved, and SIL sprained her ankle the day after Christmas. I played caretaker for both and wrangled my one year old nephew. My son and got home on New Years Eve and two days later we had colds we are still trying to get over.

    I’m just thankful everyone is ok and we can stay home or a while.

  9. Yvette Novak says

    We had a wonderful Christmas Eve here with my sister and her family.
    Christmas Day was pretty low key here, with a nice brunch with Lemon Muffins, and homemade Danish pastry, along with the best darn Bloody Mary, I’ve ever had!

  10. Karen B says

    Well the holidays were very quiet because my son is in Afghanistan but is making the trip to visit in March with his wife and kids. We are going to have a major neighborhood party so this would be great.

  11. Gerilynne says

    Not as expected! My husband (he’s in the Army) came home in the beginning of December and said there was a possibility he would have to go through processing to deploy after Christmas. Mind you, his unit had already left and he had been told he would be staying home. I was highly encouraged when the plane had left without him a few weeks earlier- but two days later, the same week, in fact, he announced processing had been moved up – to the following day and if he was good to go, he would be deploying. We had five days between being told he would be deploying and his departure – all a week before Christmas. Christmas 2012 has been moved to Summer 2013 :-)

  12. Jill Hartley says

    My holidays were absolutely amazing. It was my first Christmas as a married woman. Minus the fact my father in law decided it was the day to decide to get divorced, it was filled with lots of love and laughter :-)

  13. Danielle says

    We had a wonderful holiday. It was very quiet, and we were able to spend all of Christmas Day at home with our four children enjoying a rare chance to just hang out without any craziness.

  14. Dawn Renee' says

    One of my best Christmases ever. My two housemates and dearest friend and son in attendance. Made a luscious ham with bourbon glaze and the easiest best scalloped potatoes with mushrooms (thanks to epicurious for the recipe). Felt tons of love and very full.

  15. Edna E. Fields says

    We had a lovely mix of visiting old friends, making new friends, and the sweet quietness of leisure. All wonderful because the flu struck immediately afterward…

  16. Natasha O says

    My holidays were great, thanks for wondering!! I visited family and lots of family of friends. Afterall, family is also who you make it!
    (my, what pretty font you have here! :)

  17. Barb K says

    Christmas went well. Good to see the cousins and visit. What made it extra nice is one of my cousins who had a stroke before the holiday will make a.full recovery.

  18. says

    My holidays were meh, bordering on . 😉 Nothing in particular, just overall extra, extra stressy with a side of “Calgon, take me away!”. That said, most of my grinchness got packed away with the last of the Christmas decor and am looking forward to a much less stressful 2013, ending with a greatly improved Christmas.

  19. says

    I’m a big fan of neufchatel cheese and have been for years. I’m obviously not dieting but I just like the taste and texture a little better.

    As for our holidays, Alexis worked the day before and the day after since she is in retail so we spent the day quietly with immediate family only….and LOVED it.

  20. Diane P says

    We stayed home for Christmas, everyone had a cold, but then after we took the kids sledding and out of state to visit relatives. All in all the kids had the best Christmas ever.

  21. Ellen Henry says

    I have just found you and I have been exploring your site. I now have a stack of copied recipes. and am an instant fan..partially because we love the same foods..cream cheese, hot fresh baked breads, grapefruit… I can’t wait to try this sandwich and though I don’t have any bagels..I have pumpernickle bread in the freezer and I think it will be delicious! I hope I am the one to get you to two thousand, and will recommend you to my two foodie daughters too.


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