Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread

Herbs are an enchanting part of spring.  In a downpour,  I brought home my first box of herb plants a few days ago from the Webster Groves Herb Society, a rather prestigious group of savvy local gardeners.  Until today, it's been too rainy to plant, but I've enjoyed the little herbs sitting on my kitchen counter.  Finally, today I couldn't wait any longer.  With just a few minutes to spare, I started clipping - lemon basil, lemon thyme, rosemary and parsley.  With the help of the food processor, in less than a minute, a creamy fragrant cheese spread was made.  The SimplyCooking® recipe for Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread uses fresh parsley and dried herbs as many people do not grow herbs or have access to fresh herbs year round.  Come spring, we urge people to use fresh herbs of any combination and amount they find appealing; but know, a generous portion of either fresh parsley or fresh basil is essential for this recipe.

This simple recipe for Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread is wonderful smeared on a tortilla.  Add a little cucumber, tomato, lettuce or other vegetables and turn it into gourmet wrap.  This, paired with a tall green tea Arnold Palmer was my lunch of choice for the entire month of August last year.    Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread can also be stirred into hot pasta, used as a dip, smeared on crostini or provide the perfect base for a summery pizza.

herb and garlic cheese spread

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 - 4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/4 tsp. black pepper

With a fork, hand mixer or food processor, cream the cream cheese and butter.  Add the garlic and herbs and process or mix until smooth.  Use immediately, or, cover and chill.