Best Cream Cheese Appetizers

The best cream cheese appetizers are here no matter what your taste or diet is.  There is something for everyone to love with these homemade hors devours.  These recipes offer a variety that includes those with meat, for vegetarians, great dips, hearty cheese balls, and all are killer recipes.   Both cold or hot, spicy or savory, recipes with cream cheese are shared here by some of the best food bloggers.

If you need a recipe for the next potluck, Super Bowl party, holiday (check out the reindeer Christmas cheeseball below) these are the from-scratch cream cheese appetizer recipes you have been looking for.  I have included several that are perfect for make-ahead, healthy, or simple appetizers so you can enjoy every cream cheese bite and not have to cook or miss the fun during your next get-together.

 

Search the categories below to find exactly what you are looking for:

APPETIZERS BY THE SHORT ORDER COOK

APPETIZERS THAT ARE FUN AND UNIQUE

APPETIZERS WITH MEAT

APPETIZERS FOR VEGETARIANS

APPETIZER CHEESE BALLS OR DIPS

 

 

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APPETIZERS BY THE SHORT ORDER COOK

The following appetizers are some of my favorites from the blog.  Cream cheese is an ingredient we eat often since it is tasty, versatile, and it goes a long way for a budget price. I cook with full-fat Philadelphia cream cheese in dips, with meat rolled-up, and more, since most of the time since I try and eat a low-carb diet.  I hope you try all these cream cheese appetizers and let me know which one you like best. This list will grow as I add more to the blog so come back often to see what is new.

 

Southern Pimento Cheese
Pimento (pimiento) Cheese is a true Southern staple for any get-together. This classic recipe is a crowd-pleaser and my version has only a bit of mayo but all the creaminess. This easy appetizer is wonderful for keto, low-carb, and gluten-free diets.
Check out this recipe
Southern Pimento Cheese

 

Shishito Peppers with Cream Cheese & Bacon
Shishito Peppers are a mild pepper blistered in a pan and then tossed with cream cheese and bacon.
Check out this recipe
Shishito Peppers with Cream Cheese & Bacon

 

Holiday Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread
Holiday appetizer with bright tangy cranberry sauce and a three-cheese spread.
Check out this recipe
HOLIDAY CRANBERRY CHEESE SPREAD plated

 

APPETIZERS BY THE BEST FOOD BLOGGERS

 

APPETIZERS THAT ARE FUN AND UNIQUE

So many of the best cream cheese appetizers are just what you need for the next holiday, party, or fancy dinner at home.   These include wonderful recipes for crescent rolls, party pinwheels, and more.

 

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels
These cream cheese pinwheels offer a unique spin on party pinwheels. The cranberries provide a tangy twist. I think they are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Check out this recipe
Best Cream Cheese Appetizers Dec 2020 cranberry-cream-cheese-pinwheels thegiftedgabber

 

Pesto Turkey Pinwheels
Loaded with fresh ingredients, these Pesto Turkey Pinwheels are perfect for a simple lunch, party platter, or even a snack. Smoked provolone pairs well with this turkey and wrapped in a pesto cream cheese mixture that you will be coming back for more again and again!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 Pesto-Turkey-Pinwheels-lemonsandzest

 

Chili Cheese Dog Dip
This Chili Cheese Dog Dip combines two delicious appetizers “Pigs in a Blanket” and “Chili Cheese Dip” to provide classic Chili Cheese Dog Flavors all on one plate! A crowd-pleasing appetizer!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 chili cheesedog carefreemermaid

 

Smoked Salmon Pate
This smoked salmon pate made with poached salmon, cream cheese, and greek yogurt can be made ahead of time. Serve with veggies and crackers!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 smoked-salmon-pate-mrsjoneskitchen

 

APPETIZERS WITH MEAT

These cream cheese appetizers offer a variety of meats including bacon, chicken, salami, sausage, and seafood like shrimp and tuna. They are all easy, tasty, and packed with protein.  Many of these appetizers with cream cheese are also low-carb, gluten-free, or keto-friendly.

 

Shrimp Ragoon Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
This cheesy Shrimp Stuffed Mini Bell Pepper appetizer is a party favorite! Stuffed with sweet shrimp, rich cream cheese, and tasty Gouda, your guests will gobble these up.
Check out this recipe
Best Cream Cheese Appetizer Dec 2020 shrimp-rangoon-stuffed-mini-bell-peppers-appetizer-Babaganosh

 

Easy Chicken Phyllo Cups
These easy chicken phyllo cup appetizers are a perfect addition to any party! These are loaded with a delicious chicken, mushroom, and spinach mixture that wows your tastebuds!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 Chicken-Spinach-Mushroom-Phyllo-Cups-poweredbymom

 

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
This recipe for cream cheese sausage balls is a tender and delicious appetizer, perfect for holiday parties or game day snacking. My husband prefers this recipe over my Bisquick sausage balls.
Check out this recipe
Best Cream Cheese Appetizers Dec 2020 CREAM-CHEESE-SAUSAGE-BALLS-savoringthegood

 

Salami Cornucopia
Salami rollups with cream cheese and fresh herbs are easy to make and fun to serve! Try these cream cheese roll-ups with Genoa salami in cornucopia for a fun finger food idea on your next meat and cheese tray.
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 Cornucopia-Salami-Rollups-with-Cream-Cheese-ericasrecipes

 

Stuffed Cucumber Cups
Stuffed Cucumber Cups are a quick and easy, light appetizer that is perfect for any occasion!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 cucumber21 momstestkitchen

 

Tuna Pate
This Tuna Pate is basically a creamy version of tuna salad, perfect for crackers, celery, or your preferred dipper. It's perfect to make ahead so you don't have to scramble at the last minute!
Check out this recipe
https://mealsandmilemarkers.com/tuna-pate/

 

APPETIZERS FOR VEGETARIANS

These appetizers offer a variety of the best recipes for vegetarians.  Whether you want a cream cheese appetizer with cauliflower, mushrooms, or other ingredients, there is something to love here.  Several are quick and great for a starter, snack, or even a side dish.

 

Buffalo Cauliflower Dip in a Bread Bowl
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip is a vegetarian alternative to traditional buffalo chicken dip. Serve as an appetizer at parties or Sunday game day!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 cauliflowrer buffalo dip tastyoven

 

Pan Fried Cheese Rangoons
Pan-fried rangoons that are perfectly crispy and delicious!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 pan fried crab ragoon rachelcraftedlife

 

Green Goddess Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Herby, cheesy, and with a touch of garlic, these Green Goddess Stuffed Mushrooms are always gobbled up!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 closeup-green goddess mushrooms ketocookingwins

 

Cranberry Salsa and Cream Cheese
Cranberry salsa tastes even better when poured over a warm block of cream cheese! This salsa features fresh ingredients and can be made in a blender!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 Cranberry-Salsa-and-Cream-Cheese findingzest

 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Olives
Cream Cheese Stuffed Olives Marinated in Lemon-Infused Olive Oil: Impressive and easy 10-minute appetizer made with only 4 ingredients!
Check out this recipe

 

APPETIZERS CHEESE BALLS OR DIPS

These cheese ball and cheese dip recipes all include some cream cheese and so many amazing different ingredients. You are bound to find a few new cream cheese appetizers from this list that you will want to make today.   Get your favorite crackers, some crudite, and get ready to enjoy the best cheese ball or cheese dip recipes you can find.

 

Fresh Spinach Artichoke Dip with Goat Cheese & Leeks
This is not your ordinary spinach dip. The tangy goat cheese, leeks, and fresh ingredients elevate this classic dip to a new amazing level.
Check out this recipe
Best Cream Cheese Appetizers Dec 2020 Goat-Cheese-Spinach-Artichoke-Dip-w-Leeks-taoofspice.com

 

Neiman Marcus Dip
This Neiman Marcus Dip is a holiday classic, and pairs great with crackers. Loaded with bacon, cheese and almonds plus ready in under 10 minutes.
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 Neiman-Marcus-Dip-Recipe-erhardtseat

 

Easy Layered Salsa Dip
Easy and only 5 ingredients - wow! This cream cheese salsa dip is perfect for parties or watching a game.
Check out this recipe
Best Cream Cheese Appetizers Dec 2020 cream-cheese-salsa-dip-aseasonedgreeting

 

Sausage Cream Cheese Dip
A creamy sausage dip flavored with green onion, garlic, and green chiles. This dip is super easy to make, with only 5 ingredients!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 Bowl-of-sausage-cream-cheese-dip nibbleanddine

 

Everything Bagel Cheese Ball (Christmas Decorated)
This Everything Bagel cheese ball is budget-friendly and serves a crowd. Decorate to look like a reindeer for the holidays or leave plain for any occasion. Make up to a week in advance for stress-free party prep!
Check out this recipe
Best Sour Cream Appetizers Dec 2020 everythingbagelcheeseball feastforfraction

 

Pineapple Cheese Ball
Pineapple Cheese Ball is always a big hit with family and friends. The crushed pineapple adds an unexpected twist to this delicious appetizer.
Check out this recipe
Best Cream Cheese Appetizers Dec 2020 pineapplecheeseball-anallievent

 

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