20 Recipes That Prove Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Are Meant to Be Pumpkin and cream cheese are proof that opposites attract. Pumpkin brings a natural sweetness — often flavored with warm, earthy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger — while cream cheese is rich, tart, and tangy. For St. Patrick's Day 2004, I made this side dish to go with our corned beef. I made it again today for this year's St. Patty's feast. My family loves it. The only thing I changed, following a reviewers suggestion, was to use a 16 oz. bag of cole slaw mix instead of the 1/2 head of cabbage.