Using Herbs With Cheese

Using Herbs With Cheese
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Using Herbs with CheeseHerbs go wonderfully with soft cheeses to make spreads or dips. You'll never buy a packet of ranch dressing again if you use these easy tips and recipes!

-The young leaves of caraway or chervil can be added to cream cheese and cottage cheese. Use 1 tsp. fresh to 1/4 pound of cheese. Mix well and serve on crackers or bread.

-Fresh dill leaves or chives can also be added to cream cheese or cottage cheese when minced. 2 tsp. to a 1/4 pound.

-Spices such as mace or paprika can be added to cheese sauces in small amounts.

-Garlic can be added to cheese spreads and dips in several ways-minced, crushed or powdered in small amounts or you can roast the garlic, mash it and add to cream cheese spreads. I also mellow the garlic by blanching it in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and mashing it before adding to recipes.

Savory Herb Cheese Spread


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon hearty or Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill weed

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, dill weed, basil and lemon juice. Place in a small serving bowl, cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Garlic Herb Spread


8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves

1 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram leaves

1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil leaves

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer or wooden spoon until blended and smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to several days for the flavors to blend. NOTES: You can use dried herbs if fresh are not available-use 1/2 tsp. of each instead. Serve with crackers or crusty bread. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Fat Free Herb Cheese Spread


3 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup green onions, minced

1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

2 tsp. lemon juice

Mix together until blended. This is enough for about 4 bagel halves. You can also use regular of low fat cream cheese if you wish.

Heart Toasts with Herb Cheese


1/2 cup sour cream

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 tsp. chopped thyme

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Dash of cayenne pepper

garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

10 slices of white bread

Mix the sour cream with an electric mixer on high until fluffy; set aside. In a separate bowl, whip the cream cheese with the remaining ingredients until light. Fold in the sour cream and chill until ready to use. Cut the bread with a heart-shaped cookie cutter small enough to yield 3 or 4 hearts per slice. Place the hearts on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until very lightly toasted, but not browned. Turn in five minutes then toast about 5 more minutes, but watch closely. Using a pastry bag fitted with a decorator tip, pipe a small amount of the herb cheese onto each toast and top with a tiny sprig of thyme or parsley.



About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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