While looking at several dessert recipes, I thought I would whip something up that would be great for entertaining or just having a weekend cookout without the sweet.
These patties turned out delicious with an unexpected lightness, but yet stable enough to pick up. Pairing these with a marinara, spaghetti sauce or even tomato salsa may not sound like they are a good fit, but they are phenomenal together.
Try these at your next gathering, you’ll want to double it.
Cream Cheese Savory Patties
8 ounce package full-fat cream cheese
¼ Cup real shredded parmesan cheese
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 small clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne or Korean red pepper powder
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¾ Cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Marinara, spaghetti sauce or tomato salsa
In a mixer bowl, whip cream cheese, parmesan, eggs, garlic, salt, Italian seasoning, red pepper, ground pepper and just ¼ cup of the bread crumbs for 2 minutes.
In a skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Put the remaining ½ cup of bread crumbs into a bowl. Using a small spoon, remove a walnut-size piece of blended cheese and roll into a ball; put into bread crumbs and roll then remove, flatten to about ¼” and place in skillet. Do the same for as many as will fit without being overcrowded. You’ll end up with 15-18 depending on the size. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until they are a toasty medium brown.
Remove to a plate and serve with a spoon of sauce.