27 Sweet and Savory Spreads to Help You Level Up Your Food Situations

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week we worshiped onions, nectar of the gods
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There’s nothin’ like a good spread. As someone who loves bread probably more than life itself, I’m pretty endeared to the concept of buying something in a jar, slapping it into a slice of something with a knife, and having a full-bore meal waiting for me within five seconds. Plus, you can do so much more with a jam or a butter or a spreadable cheese than just make a basic-ass sandwich. Slather ’em onto crackers as an appetizer with that soup! Spread ’em on top of baked goods! Or just eat ’em out of the jar. It’s really none of my business, anyway.

The added bonus? When you make them yourself, spreads might not cost you upwards of five bucks a pop like they do at the grocery store. And that makes all of these even more delicious, in my opinion.


Sweet

Carrot Cake Jam

Carrot Cake Jam


Homemade Apple Butter

Homemade Apple Butter


Apple Pie Cream Cheese

Apple Pie Cream Cheese


Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd


Vanilla Honey Peach Butter

vanilla honey peach butter


Texas Roadhouse Butter

Texas Roadhouse Butter


Lemon Blueberry Jam

Lemon Blueberry Jam


Amish Peanut Butter (Church Spread)

Amish Peanut Butter {Church Spread}


Cardamom Fig Jam

Cardamom Fig Jam


Rhubarb Butter

Rhubarb Butter


Strawberry Habanero Everything Spread

Strawberry Habanero Everything Spread


Savory

Vegan Cashew and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet


Smoked Salmon Spread

Smoked Salmon Spread


Pimiento Cheese Spread

Pimiento Cheese Spread


Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam


Veggie Pâté

Veggie Pâté


Three Ingredient Olive Spread

Three Ingredient Olive Spread


Italian Garlic Butter

Italian Garlic Butter


Edamame Spread

Edamame Spread


Bacon Olive Cheese Spread

Bacon Olive Cheese Spread


Rosemary, Lemon, and Feta Spread

Rosemary, Lemon, & Feta Spread


Sundried Tomato and Basil Cream Cheese

Sundried Tomato and Basil Cream Cheese Spread


Roasted Beetroot Hummus

Roasted Beetroot Hummus


Spicy Red Pepper Jam

Spicy Red Pepper Jam


Oktoberfest German Beer Cheese Spread

Oktoberfest German Beer Cheese Spread


Clotted Cream

Clotted Cream


Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam


Roasted Garlic and Dill Ricotta Spread

roasted garlic and dill ricotta spread

Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. can I even express how much I love this column??!?!!? It perfectly combines my love of hanging out on Autostraddle with my hobby of looking at pictures of food and thinking about recipes I might like to make. I love!

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