Saturday, December 10

great holiday appetizer

are you sick of boursin cheese? if you're like me and are ready for a change, here is a new and pretty easy recipe to make your own herbed cheese spread. you can use whatever type of cream cheese you'd like (fat free, 1/3 less fat, or the real deal) to help cut out some calories! as for me, i went with the 1/3 less fat cream cheese and the fat free feta (i find mine at trader joes)

herbed cheese spread
what you need...

1 package cream cheese, softened
1 (8-oz.) package feta cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon (note: if you dont have fresh, make sure to read the conversion on the spice jar...a pinch of dried tarragon goes a LONG way!)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 garlic clove, pressed

what to do...
Beat first 9 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  Line 2 (10-oz.) ramekins with plastic wrap, allowing 3 inches to extend over sides; spoon cheese mixture into ramekins--this helps them keep their shape/not slide around. Any small bowl in the desired end shape would be fine. Cover and chill 24 hours. Invert cheeses onto serving dishes. 

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