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26 Southern Recipes with Cream Cheese

These cream cheese recipes are so good, you'll want to add this special ingredient to every recipe!

By: Natalie Taylor, Editor,

Cream cheese is one of those magical ingredients that just makes everything taste better. It adds creaminess to desserts, cheesiness to dinner recipes and side dishes, and all-around goodness to homemade appetizers. We've created this collection of 26 Southern Recipes with Cream Cheese to celebrate one of the most versatile ingredients. If you have an extra block in your refrigerator, try out one of the recipes using cream cheese below. The addition of cream cheese adds that special something to any recipe. Get inspired by the recipes below and learn how to add a "wow" factor to any dish.

This special ingredient isn't just for bagels! Try any of the recipes below and you will want to add cream cheese to all of your Southern recipes.

Easy Southern Appetizers

Cheesy Slow Cooker Sausage Dip

Nothing takes a party from bland to grand like a homemade appetizer recipe. Here you'll find everything from dip recipes, cheesy cornbread, and even sausage balls. The addition of cream cheese creates velvety dips, flavorful sausage balls, and moist cornbread muffins. Once you taste one of these recipes, you'll see that cream cheese was practically made for appetizers.

Southern Side Dish Recipes

Creamed Corn and Zucchini with Bacon and Cream Cheese

If you have trouble finding ways to incorporate more vegetables in your meals, these side dish recipes with cream cheese are here to help. This versatile ingredient tastes great when it's baked with corn, stirred into mashed potatoes, and even adds pizzazz to broccoli cheese casserole. These Southern recipes made a great addition to any dinner or potluck.

Cream Cheese Recipes for Dinner

Seriously Delicious Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

It might seem a bit unusual, but cream cheese is a wonderful addition to a varitey of dinner recipes. If you're making a pasta dish, mac and cheese, or even baked chicken, cream cheese will take your meal to the next level. Find everything from slow cooker meals and mac and cheese to easy casseroles and chili.

Cream Cheese Dessert Recipes

Strawberry Cream Cheese Galette

We've saved the best for last! When you think of cream cheese desserts, the first thing that comes to mind is probably cheesecake. However, there are so many more ways to use cream cheese. We've included incredible no-bake desserts, homemade cookies, and even a cream cheese galette. These recipes will give you a whole new appreciation for the versatile ingredient.

What's your favorite way to use cream cheese?

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