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More Than Just A Spread – Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Since 1872, Philadelphia Cream Cheese has been farm to fridge in six days. You know that Philadelphia Cream Cheese is always great on a bagel and in classics like cheesecake, but Philadelphia is also an amazing way to boost flavor and texture in your kitchen. Work it in to appetizers, sides, and entrées and taste how the simplicity of Philadelphia’s ingredients allows the flavor to shine.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese goes a long way in the kitchen — recipes come together with easier mixing and the consistent flavor of cream cheese produce a reliable product, even when baking or frying. Because Philadelphia based appetizers, dips, and sauces hold together well in the fridge, dishes can even be prepared ahead of service or at the beginning of the week for labor savings.

Try the Philadelphia difference! To learn more about the Philadelphia products available at Shamrock Foods, speak with your Shamrock Foods Sales Representative today.

Shishito Poppers

Yields 12 servings (~3 peppers/serving) | 20 min prep | 5 min cook time


  • 4 oz Manchego cheese, shredded
  • 3 oz small bacon pieces
  • 6 oz Dates, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 36 Large Shishito peppers
  • 6 cups prepared tempura batter


  1. In upright mixing bowl beat filling ingredients together until combined. Store refrigerated until ready to use.
  2. Slit open each pepper along the body to form a cavity. Fill each pepper with approximately 1-1/2 Tbsp filling. Keep stuffed peppers cold refrigerated until ready to fry.
  3. To fry, dip and coat each in tempura batter and fry in 350°F oil for 3-4 minutes or until set and very light brown.
  4. Drain and serve immediately.

Tangy Cream Cheese Bites

Yields 32 Servings, 1-1/2 pieces each


  • 2 lbs. + 4.8 oz. PHILADELPHIA Original Cream Cheese
  • 6 oz. All-purpose flour
  • 8 oz. Eggs, beaten
  • 2 oz. Dry breadcrumbs
  • Kosher salt
  • 75 lbs. Marinara sauce, heated
  • Fresh basil leaves


  1. Preparation -Shape Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese into 48 small balls, using 1-1/2 tbsp. for each. Dredge in flour, dip in eggs, then in breadcrumbs. Freeze 1 hour.
  2. For each shared appetizer: Fry 3 bites in 325°F fryer 3 min. or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Garnish each bite with a pinch of salt. Serve with 3 tbsp. marinara sauce and a basil sprig.

Variation: mix chopped scallions into the cream cheese before shaping balls

Alfredo Sauce


  • 3 lbs/1 loaf PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • 24 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • 3 Qts2% Milk
  • 1lb 4 oz KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper


In saucepan heat together sauce ingredients until full combined. Let cool and store refrigerated until ready to use. Pour over your choice of pasta or vegetable.

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