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Savory Garlic Cheese Spread Recipe

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. YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without vegetables) equals 136 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 179 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.