This no-cook Garlic and Herb Cheese Spread is a DIY version of the flavored, spreadable gourmet cheese that you can buy at the grocery store. It’s super easy to make, will save you so much money, and is just as delicious as those pricey tubs from the store.
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Easy peasy spready cheesy
Use a food processor to make quick and easy work of this spread.
And, do make sure that the cream cheese and butter have come to room temperature and are nice and soft when you go to make this.
If you use cold ingredients you’ll end up with lumps of butter and cheese in your spread, and it won’t be all nice and incorporated.
After it’s all mixed up, put the spread into a shallow dish for serving, or put it in a nice fancy jar with a lid so you can give it as a gift. Then, pop it in the fridge to allow the flavors to get to know each other.
Ingredients that are in your kitchen right now
I wanted to make sure that my cream cheese spread was made with all dried herbs instead of fresh ones.
It’s still hard to get to the grocery store right now. And who knows what they’ll have once you get there. Unless you grow your own herbs, it’s so much easier to use dried ones. So, I went with all stuff I usually have in my kitchen for this recipe.
All I have to pick up from the store is a block of cream cheese.
Great ways to enjoy this spread
There are lots of ways to enjoy this cream cheese spread
Smear it on crackers (homemade ones like my Chile Cumin Cheddar Crackers or my Manchego Crackers are awesome), homemade bread, and toasts
Serve it on bagels with sliced tomatoes and red onions
It’s great in an omelet
Fancy up some mashed potatoes
Want to go low carb? Serve it smeared on cucumber rounds
It makes a great gourmet burger
Try it on sandwiches instead of mayo
I love it spread on crackers with a dollop of pepper jelly
Let your imagination run wild and try it on everything. Or, simply stick with crackers and you can’t go wrong.
Can’t get cream cheese right now?
Try making it with goat cheese.
Sour cream or creme fraiche will definitely have a different flavor and texture, but would also work in a pinch.
You can also make some substitutes.
Puree cottage cheese in a blender or food processor to make 1 cup of cheese.
1 cup of plain yogurt, strained overnight in a cheesecloth will make a good sub for for 1 cup of cream cheese as well.
Of course, all of these changes will change the flavor and texture of the cheese spread. But I do find it fun to experiment with these types of substitutions.
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Garlic and Herb Cheese Spread Recipe
Garlic and Herb Cheese Spread
- 1 package cream cheese softened (8 ounces)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Mix until well blended. Place in a shallow serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to one week.
Makes about 1 & 1/4 cups spread, or about 10 servings at 2 tablespoons each