I personally think that you can’t cut corners when it comes to seasoning and flavor development when cooking a good dish. That being said, who consistently has the time to spend hours cooking dinner? Not me. For this reason I was anxious to try the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme. Armed with a coupon to test it out, I picked some up at Kroger this week and thought I would visit Kraft to see their suggested recipes.
Kraft manufactures four flavors of this cooking creme: Original, Italian Cheese & Herb, Savory Garlic and Santa Fe. Cooking for a picky household but still wanting some punch I went with the Italian Cheese & Herb Cooking Cream. After visting the recipe pages on Kraft’s website, I wish I had picked a different flavor, with all the variations I saw I think the Savory Garlic or Original might be my next pick. I eventually decided on the Chicken Florentine Casserole recipe but substituted pancetta for the bacon and added tomatoes to go with the Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme.
A small taste before adding this creme to the recipe indicated it was delicious and I would not be disappointed. It was the kind of thing I immediately wanted to pair with some cream cheese to thin out and make into some sort of dip for a dinner party; maybe Philadelphia will expand here with their recipes next. It definitely already has a dip like consistency and I can see how it would be great for not only this pasta sauce but marinating, adding flavor to sandwiches and other more complex recipes. As you can see from the pictures, and if you were here the wonderful aromaof my apartment, this dish was definitely a 4.5 star success with less than half an hour cook time and some simple chopping for prep work.
The sauce was creamy and delicious, but to get a full five stars I would double the amount of pancetta I added, and maybe add a few more vegetables to mix up the textures and color. A definite success and paired with some quick dinner rolls and a side salad an easy weeknight family meal.
I will definitely pick up another container of a new flavor on my next trip to the grocery store and see what recipes I can find or create. Let me know if you have had any success with the Philadelphia Cooking Creme varieties. I would love to know how they have turned out for you!Review: Philadelphia Cooking Creme,