Schmear is a Yiddish word that refers to a spread that goes on a bagel. This one has just 3 ingredients, and it will take your bagel brunch up a notch.
Servings: Makes 9 oz
Prep Time:5 Minutes
Total Time:5 Minutes
8 ozfull-fat cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream or crème fraiche
1⁄2 teaspoonfresh lemon juice
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and lemon juice, increasing the speed as the ingredients combine, until fluffy, lightened, and spreadable, just 1 to 2 minutes. Alternatively, use a medium mixing bowl and a stiff spoon to combine and then stir and whip vigorously to aerate and lighten the mixture.
Pack the schmear into a ramekin or two, cover, and chill until ready to serve. It will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator.
Chive Cheese Variation: To the schmear, stir in 1⁄2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh chives, and 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper. It will keep for about 2 days in the refrigerator before its oniony flavor becomes overwhelming.