This herb and cheese spread is great on crackers, sandwiches when bored with mayo and mustard, or tucked into beef Wellington! It's so much cheaper to make it than buy it.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together the butter, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, oregano, parsley, thyme, dill, basil, and pepper in a bowl until evenly combined. Chill in refrigerator overnight or 8 hours. This can be frozen for long-term storage.

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Nutrition Facts

138 calories; protein 1.9g 4% DV; carbohydrates 0.9g; fat 14.4g 22% DV; cholesterol 41.6mg 14% DV; sodium 122.8mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (64)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2008
Made this and completely omitted the butter (sounded nasty to me) and it was delicious. Didn't even notice it was missing. Everything else was done according to the recipe. Works really well on bagels in the morning too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2008
This recipe is a good base but I would make a few changes. I didn't like the texture of the dry herbs. I thought they would soften up by the next day but mine didn't. Next time I would use fresh. Normally I am the biggest garlic fan but the flavor was overwhelming. I used two large cloves so next time I would cut back on that some. Read More
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69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2008
Made this and completely omitted the butter (sounded nasty to me) and it was delicious. Didn't even notice it was missing. Everything else was done according to the recipe. Works really well on bagels in the morning too. Read More
(67)
Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2008
This recipe is a good base but I would make a few changes. I didn't like the texture of the dry herbs. I thought they would soften up by the next day but mine didn't. Next time I would use fresh. Normally I am the biggest garlic fan but the flavor was overwhelming. I used two large cloves so next time I would cut back on that some. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2008
So.. I had some crackers and some cream cheese and was not really inspired to snack... until I thought: "maybe there's a recipe for some 'cream cheese' dip".. Low and behold there was! This recipe. I made it and was really enjoying it until my 4 kids and husband discovered my newly discovered treat... it did not last long after that.:) I made this exact to recipe and really enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2008
We really enjoyed this recipe. It was great with some wheat thins and also ritz crackers. I did add 2 tablespoons of milk hoping that it could still be spreadable while it was still cold but it didn't happen. Maybe the milk helped soften the dry herbs I didn't have any problems with it. Will definitely make this again. not recommended for parties in which people want to impress others but great for family and such - fantastic for garlic lovers:o) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2008
great base recipe. i basically used the main premise and added roasted garlic basil oregano thyme parsley salt & pepper to taste (much more than the recipe suggests) won't buy flavoured cream cheese anymore. tastes just like herb & garlic cream cheese from tim hortons yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2009
Better than Boursin!!!!!!! This will be my go to recipe for sure. Much more flavorful than store bought. I use this type of cheese all the time for things like crab stuffed muchrooms pork wellington and simply with crackers. Thanks!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2011
I was looking for a cream cheese spread like what is found at Panera. As published above this recipe wasn't exactly to my liking. I felt the butter "weighted" the spread down and added unneeded calories. And the both the amounts of garlic and oregano overpowered the taste of the cream cheese. However this is a 4-star recipe because of its adaptability. I personally omitted the butter and oregano and used powered garlic and onion and bumped up the dill. It turned out very similar to the spread used on the fantastic tomato herbed cream cheese bagels at my local coffee shop. You will enjoy the creativity of this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2008
Really tasty and easy! Had some this morning on my Ezekiel sesame toast - really good (escpecially with the sesame seeds on the toast - yum!) even though I thought the garlic might be too strong (particularly in the morning!) it was not too strong at all. This would be great on one of those "everything" bagels. Since I can tell I'll be making this again I will probably try with reduced fat cream cheese/butter next time but other than that I don't recommend any other changes - it's excellent as stated! Thanks for sharing! N R Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/03/2008
This was pretty good and is a good base idea. Like others I'd cut the butter by up to half. The oregano was just too much for me too so I'd leave that out next time and increase the dill a bit. I didn't mind the dry herbs just the strong oregano flavor. It would also be good with goat cheese rather than cream cheese. We ate it as a snack on bagels! N R Read More
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