Container of cream cheese with a knife and bread
Food - Drink
Don't Forget One Crucial Step Before Smoking Cream Cheese
Along with choosing the proper smoker and a suitable type of wood, the surefire way to guarantee that flavor fully permeates into a brick of cream cheese is to score the top of it.
Score the cream cheese by using a knife to cut a criss-cross pattern halfway into the brick, so the smokiness seeps into the cheese and gives it a thoroughly toasty flavor.
Scoring can also help other seasonings and sauces to better saturate the cheese and contribute to more evenly distributed flavors throughout the brick.
Making shallow cuts into a brick of cream cheese can even make for a better presentation, as they reveal the gooey cheese inside post-smoke.