Yummy Spreads for Bagels, Bagel Chips or Crackers

Bagels, Bagel, Bagels!!!

I had one of my all-time favorite lunches today, a toasted sun-dried tomato bagel spread with homemade pimento and cheese, thanks to Leigh and Brendan, who so kindly brought us a big bag of fresh bagels from the Beagle Bagel yesterday! Logan had a poppy seed with whipped cream cheese! Yum! And, Larry carried several to have for his lunch throughout the week, too!

Here are a few of my favorite bagel spreads!
They are also great with bagel chips and crackers!
Regular, low-fat or fat-free cream cheese can be used in these recipes.
I personally prefer using whipped cream cheese because of its "spreadability."

Crab Spread

1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
1 ( 6-ounce) can crab meat, drained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 - 2 finely chopped green onion
dash or two of hot sauce (optional)

Combine all ingredients. Chill.

Fruity Cream Cheese Spread

1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup fruit preserves or marmalade of choice (Strawberry is my favorite!)

Combine cream cheese and preserves. Chill.

Honey Nut Spread

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped nuts, toasted
1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened

Combine all ingredients. Chill.

Smoked Catfish Spread

1 pound catfish, cooked and flaked (I poach mine in a bit of chicken broth in a skillet. It only takes a few minutes!)
1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
3 - 4 chopped green onions
juice of 1 lemon
liquid smoke to taste
cayenne pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients. Chill.

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