Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Dip

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I’m a big fan of cream cheese and as we all know it comes with an expensive price tag. My love for cream cheese started back 10 years ago. It was Pan de Manila’s Herb Cream Cheese that captured my taste buds. During that time the famous bakeshop has limited branches only and majority of which was only in Metro Manila. To satisfy my cravings I tried to replicate their herb and cream cheese. However after my first attempt I got the taste but I failed with the consistency.  I serve my garlic and herb cream cheese dip during one of our small family gathering and it was a hit. That’s how I discover this recipe by accident. 

What is Cream Cheese?

I used to think all cream cheese were the same. Each one, is just a white brick of a creamy spread so mild in flavor to call it a cheese. Cream cheese are made from unskimmed cow’s milk. It is a fresh, soft and mild tasting cheese. The cheese has a high fat content since it is manufactured using a combination of cream and milk.

In the US where cream cheese originated fat content should be at least 33% while in Britain it should be a minimum of 45-65%. Cream cheese has a sweet taste and slightly tangy.  There are also a lot of varieties including those with herbs while some are blended with fruits. Though cream cheese are popular for desserts, frostings and dips it is also widely use in sweet and savory dishes.

Top Picks

Magnolia Cream Cheese from pasteurized processed cheese made from soft, unripened cream cheese is one of my choices. This brand is great for dessert such as blueberry cheesecakes.

While Emborg cream cheese has high spread-ability which makes it ideal for spreading on breads, bagels or crackers.

Similarly, Philadelphia cream cheese are also made from fresh milk and real cream, it has added preservatives flavors or dyes which is best for cooking. You may also try their recipes available here.

American Heritage cream cheese is smooth and creamy, the flavor is similar to other brands. It is my top pick, since it has the taste of the expensive brands but wont cost you a fortune.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack American Heritage Cream Cheese
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • A cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • Half cup chopped fresh chives
  • Minced 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp of evaporated milk

Instruction

  1. Add the cream cheese to a blender followed by garlic, herbs and some salt .
  2. Set it on low speed to combine all ingredients well.
  3. Transfer in a container with lid and place inside the fridge.
  4. Wait for at least 1 hour before serving to let the flavors develop. The flavors can easily be adjusted to suit your needs or desired taste.

This tasty spread is fantastic appetizer on crackers, and great in sandwiches or spread on a bagel.

Thanks to this recipe, you can now skip the grocery store cream cheese aisle and make this garlic and herb cream cheese recipe at home at a fraction of a cost. It tastes better than anything from the supermarket plus it has no preservatives.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time : 15 minutes
  • Serving : 8 servings

Karen’s Kitchen Tips:

This garlic and herb cream cheese keeps for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

I hope you like this garlic and cream cheese dip as much as we do. Let me know in comments below your favorite things to dip on, crackers, chips or bread sticks. Please do not forget to share this article and watch out for latest recipe at K Kitchen!

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