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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Boursin Cheese Blend

Have you ever bought this dip at the store? It is one of our favorites! However, it is expensive. When you have 8 hands diggin' into something they like...it disappears fast...let alone taking it to share with someone! So I wanted to figure out how to make it. I modified a recipe I found, and this is the result...DELICIOUS!

Boursin Cheese Blend

Use heaping (rounded) teaspoons for these measures. If you have fresh herbs you would like to use in place of the dried, use a Tablespoon equivalent for that ingredient. (Fresh is ideal, but not always possible, which I why I worked this recipe our with dry herbs.) Also , if you make your own homemade cream cheese, the texture of this will be more desirable, softer and more spreadable. The store bought stuff is really stiff, and is best at room temperature when it is spread. Because this is a stiff dip it is better spread not dipped. Serve this with veggies or firm crackers (Like Trisket, pita chips or Melba Toast) . Or you can warm it on the stove, adding Parmesan cheese to taste and use it as delicious sauce over pasta or broccoli. Also a little dollop on top of a freshly at the time of serving, grilled steak is heavenly! Oh this is also very tasty spread on a bagels! Also spread inside a wrap or to roll organic deli meat around it for pin wheel appetiser or a snacky lunch (or layer lox on top of the dip on to p or your bagel!) Oh there are so many yummy ways to use it!

2 tsp dr. chives
2 tsp dr. parsley
1 1/2 tsp dr. marjoram
1tsp dr. basil
1 1/2 tsp dr. lemon thyme*
1 tsp + minced fresh garlic (You could use 1/2 tsp garlic powder in a pinch)
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
8T butter, softened
8-12 oz cream cheese, softened

  • Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl with the back of a spoon, or a mixer.*

  • Put in the refrigerator overnight to blend the flavors (min 8 hours), it gets better with time! 2 days is even better! It keeps very well for a weeks.
Using a a mixer on a high setting will help whip air into the dip if you prefer it to be lighter instead of more dense. Both are good, but when it is a little lighter is it nicer to spread.

(update) If you can't find lemon thyme, you may use "plain thyme". I then I would consider playing with a LITTLE lemon zest or a squeez of lemon in the dip too. The botanical name ofr lemon thyme is Thymus x citriodorus, in case you need it. If you can find it to grwo some...it is worth it! It is wonderful for tea mixes and cooking.


Michelle said...

I've never had the store bought stuff, but I've been wanting to make a cheese spread and this sounds good. . . can I substitute anything for the lemon thyme?

singing mama said...

I make a dip similar to this and it is so yummy!! Your recipe sounds good and I will def give it a try soon!! I meant to post the other day to say thankyou for all the recipes you have been posting lately , it is always great to get some more ideas of yummy clean healthy family food.
Luv Donna

Mommy Set Free said...

I if you couldn't use lemon thyme, you could use "regular thyme". It will be a close. You could even put a small squirt of lemon juice or a smidge of lemon zest in it to "make up the difference". It won;t be exactly the same, but it would still be tasty! :-)

singing mama said...

Just dropping in to let you know this cheese/dip/sauce recipe is chilling in the fridge now for taste testing tomorrow :) i couldnt find any lemon thyme any where so the regular thyme and squirt of lemon. It smells so yummy!!