Savory Garlic Cheese Spread Recipe

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One day, I was in the process of roasting garlic when unexpected company arrived. Having little food in the house, I grabbed the roasted garlic and some cream cheese to create a delicious dip in a dash!—Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 whole garlic bulbs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • Assorted fresh vegetables

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 136 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein


  1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut tops off of garlic bulbs. Brush with oil. Wrap each bulb in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Squeeze softened garlic into pan; stir in the juices, chives, water, lemon peel, parsley, rosemary and salt; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a food processor. Add cream cheese; cover and process until blended. Serve with vegetables. Yield: 2 cups.
Originally published as Savory Garlic Cheese Spread in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p102

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