Using Herbs With Cheese
Using Herbs With Cheese
Designed by Brenda Hyde
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-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.