Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese

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This Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese is so easy and pairs perfectly with a freshly toasted bagel. Your family will love this Herb Cream Cheese.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Garlic Herb Cheese with and onion in the background.

This Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese is so easy to make and pairs perfectly with a freshly toasted bagel. Your family will love this versatile and tempting Herb Cream Cheese.

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You can whip up this Garlic and Herbed Cream Cheese in an instant. Your family will devour this and it will be gone before you know it! You can snack on this to dip veggies in. To learn more about cream cheese and the science of how it is made and how it works, visit Science Direct for more information.


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What We Love About This Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese Recipe

When you want something different to add a little zing to your world but don’t want things with guar gum or xanthan gum etc, It is really easy to make your own clean and healthy spread at home.

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  • 5 Minute Spread: This garlic and herb cream cheese takes under 5 minutes to make.
  • Easy Ingredients: All you need for this recipe is plain cream cheese, herbs, and garlic.
  • Family Friendly: Your family will love eating this cream cheese on bagels for a quick and easy breakfast.
  • Flexible: Watching things like your total fat? Than use a low fat or fat free cream cheese. Need more protein? Whip in a small scoop of whey protein concentrate, use a flavorless one so it doesnt change the natural flavor of the spread.
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Ingredient Notes for Cream Cheese with Herbs

  • Cream Cheese: This recipe requires 8 ounces of block of cream cheese that has been softened at room temperature so it is easy to work with while mixing in the herbs.
  • Dill: Fresh or dried dill both work for this recipe, whatever you see that is good when you get your groceries.
  • Parsley: For this herb and garlic cream cheese, you can use either dried or fresh parsley.
  • Chives: You can use fresh or dried chives for this recipe.
  • Garlic: You can either use garlic powder or minced garlic in this recipe depending on your preference and what you have at home.
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Equipment Needed

How to Make Garlic Herb Cream Cheese

These are the basic steps for making Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrient accurate information.

Combining and then whipping all the ingredients to make the cheese spread.

STEP 1: MAKE THE CREAM CHEESE WITH HERBS AND GARLIC

First, add herbs, garlic, salt, pepper, and softened cream cheese to a medium sized bowl on the counter. Beat together all of the ingredients until fully combined. Transfer the garlic and herb cheese spread to a small serving bowl.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can easily make this recipe ahead of time and just set in the fridge until you are ready to use.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store this recipe in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You freeze this cream cheese by putting the entire container in the freezer and just put into fridge and allow to thaw overnight.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cheese Dips

HOW IS CREAM CHEESE DIFFERENT THAN FROM CHEESE?

The biggest different is that the process of making cream cheese is very different from making regular cheese. Additionally cream cheese has a higher fat content than regular cheese.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE VEGGIES IN PLACE OF HERBS?

If you wanted to make veggie cream you can you supplement the herbs for finely diced vegetables such as red onion, carrot, celery, and bell pepper.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved by just increasing or decreasing ingredients proportionally.

IS GARLIC AN HERB?

While garlic is often thought of as an herb of spice, it is technically a vegetable.

A bagel with cream cheese on it.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This herbed cream cheese is a great recipe for potluck brunch, you can double this recipe by increasing the ingredients proportionally.
  • Veggie Cream Cheese: To make this garlic cream cheese into a veggie cream cheese just additionally add finely diced red onion, carrot, celery, and red bell pepper and mix until fully combined.
  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese: Instead of making garlic herb cream cheese, you can make a brown sugar cinnamon flavored cream cheese spread that would be great on a cinnamon raison bagel, you can add brown sugar and cinnamon to plain softened cream cheese and beat together until combined.
  • Add Different Herbs: To switch up the flavor of this cream cheese dip, you can also add more herbs in you please. You can add a tbsp or two of herbs such as thyme, basil, or oregano.
  • Food Processor: Thrown everything in to the processor and whip it up.
  • Uses: Amazing on baked potatoes, mix into a pasta sauce, spread on crackers, just to name a few.

What to Serve with Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese

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Garlic Herb Cheese with and onion in the background.

Garlic Herb Cream Cheese

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese is so easy and pairs perfectly with a freshly toasted bagel. Your family will love this Herb Cream Cheese.
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dill
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Chives

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Beat the spices into the cream cheese with an electric mixer until cream cheese is smooth and spices are well incorporated, about 2 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This herbed cream cheese is a great recipe for potluck brunch, you can double this recipe by increasing the ingredients proportionally.
  • Veggie Cream Cheese: To make this garlic cream cheese into a veggie cream cheese just additionally add finely diced red onion, carrot, celery, and red bell pepper and mix until fully combined.
  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese: Instead of making garlic herb cream cheese, you can make a brown sugar cinnamon flavored cream cheese that would be great on a cinnamon raison bagel, you can add brown sugar and cinnamon to plain softened cream cheese and beat together until combined.
  • Add Different Herbs: To switch up the flavor of this cream cheese dip, you can also add more herbs in you please. You can add a tbsp or two of herbs such as thyme, basil, or oregano.
  • Food Processor: Thrown everything in to the processor and whip it up.
  • Uses: Amazing on baked potatoes, mix into a pasta sauce, spread on crackers, just to name a few.
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Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips, Breakfast, Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 minute, bagels, breakfast, cream cheese, garlic, garlic herb

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