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Playing Garlic-Herb Cheese Spread | Quick, Easy & Budget-Friendly

Blogger Jeffrey Eisner of "Pressure Luck Cooking" shares his quick and easy homemade version of those fancy flavored cheese spreads. Serve it with crackers, crudite or whatever you like! It keeps for up to three weeks in the fridge and can be frozen for future use. 

"Now, because fancy cream cheeses aren't available everywhere and because I want you to get that true flavor experience I've intended in these recipes, I'm going to share how to make your own garlic-herb cheese! Not only is this budget conscious, it tastes just as great as the fancy stuff in the market (if not better since it's homemade)." —Jeffrey 

Pro Tip from Jeffrey: You can also use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients if that's easier, but I find the consistency is best when they are mixed by hand. 

For more recipes from Jeffrey, check out his Instant Pot Champagne Chicken and Instant Pot Cream of Cauliflower Soup.  

Ingredients

  • Two 8-ounce bricks cream cheese, 2 hours at room temperature so it's softened (don't microwave it)
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces total) salted butter, 2 hours at room temperature so it's softened (don't microwave it)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

Yield

Serves: Makes about 3 cups

Preparation

Simply add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.  

Take a silicone, rubber, or wooden mixing spoon and mix it all together, folding it over until well combined with even seasoning distribution. 

Excerpted from The Simple Comforts Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook by Jeffrey Eisner. Copyright © 2022 by Jeffrey Eisner. Used with permission by Voracious. All rights reserved.