Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread

It’s a great time to do a holiday appetizer exchange! Consider preparing cream cheese based spreads, dips, and cheese balls. They freeze beautifully and are always a party favorite. We savored this spread over the weekend and our frozen stash will do double-duty as a cost-effective substitute for Boursin®, Rondele®, or Alouette® cheese (check out the Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe in Forums).

Recipe Yields: Approximately 2 ½ cups

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup freshly-grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 teaspoon dried dill
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon dried thyme

Substitute herbs of preference. Blend, or process, all ingredients until smooth. Portion and freeze. Defrost in refrigerator and serve as a dip or spread at room temperature.
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