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Everything Bagel Seasoning/All The Things Cream Cheese

Everything Bagel Seasoning

Makes about 1/2 c.

Posted by The Lunchbox Tree

2 T. sesame seeds

2. T. poppy seeds

2. T. dehydrated garlic flakes

2. T. dehydrated onion flakes

1 T. coarse sea salt

Optional  (but encouraged):  Heat a small skillet over medium heat.  Add sesame seeds and toast, stirring often, until browned slightly and aromatic.  Transfer to a small bowl or jar and let cool completely.

Once sesame seeds have cooled, mix in the poppy seeds, garlic flakes, onion flakes, and sea salt.  I like to do this in a jar that I lid tightly and shake to combine, but you could also stir the mix together in a bowl.  Keep in an airtight container, and use within 2 months.

Suggested uses:  Topping for dinner rolls or crackers; sprinkle on a bagel or toast with cream cheese; toss popcorn with melted butter and then sprinkle with everything seasoning; make All The Things cream cheese (see below).

All The Things Cream Cheese

Makes about 1 1/3 c.

1 8 oz. block cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese

1 T. celery, finely chopped (from about a quarter of a stalk)

2 T. red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 T. carrot, finely chopped or grated

3/4 t. salt

1 T. scallion or chives, thinly sliced

1 T. Everything Bagel Seasoning

Pull the cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese out of the refrigerator to allow to soften.

Mix together the celery, red bell pepper, carrot, and salt in a cheesecloth lined strainer set over the sink or a bowl (a coffee filter will work in place of the cheesecloth if needed).  Let set 20-30 minutes - this will allow the salt to pull excess moisture from the vegetables and give the cream cheese time to soften.

After time has elapsed, squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the vegetable mixture.  Combine the cream cheese and vegetable mixture in a medium sized bowl.  Add the scallion or chives and the Everything seasoning, and mix well with a fork until everything is evenly incorporated.  Transfer to an airtight jar or bowl and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.