Friday, July 1, 2011

Easy Boursin

This is my mom's go-to for appetizers, hostess gifts, holiday hors d'oeuvres, etc.  (Thanks Mom!)  It's so easy to make and WAY cheaper than buying store bought Boursin.  And if you don't have a particular herb, using whatever you have is a nice variation!  Or add the herbs you like or more garlic! Dried herbs definitely make the flavor though.

The original recipe is from Southern Living "YEARS AGO" as my mom would say.

1 clove garlic
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried dillweed
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp pepper

Put the knife blade in your food processor.  Process garlic until finely chopped.  Add cream cheese, butter and all the herbs and process until smooth.  Scrape down the sides a couple times to make sure it all gets incorporated.

Makes about 3 cups.  Refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.
Spread on toasted bread or crackers as an hors d'oeuvre.

Pair a jar with a sleeve of crackers as a nice hostess gift.

The possibilities are endless with this stuff especially if you make a lot!
- Fill celery with it.
- Fill tomatoes or mushrooms.
- Spread a tablespoon under the skin of a chicken breast before baking.
- Spoon into a baked potato - YUM!!
- Use as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise.

My sister makes an amazing chicken and crescent roll thing with it.  You can be really creative with it!

Let me know if you make it!

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