Herb Garlic Cream Cheese

November 1st, 2008 by katie

Not being a native Texan, I will never understand why bagels are so hard to come by down here. It’s not just that there are few bagel shops but even the grocery stores don’t carry much of a selection. It is almost impossible to get savory bagels off the shelf, they are all cinnamon and sugar, blueberry, or plain. No garlic, no onion, no asiago cheese, and only if I am really lucky-and moon aligns just right with the planet-can I find a few pitiful everything bagels in the bakery. To compensate I make this flavor-packed spread to use instead. It only takes a minute and at least if I do find myself saddled with a plain bagel I know I can at least have a delicious schmear.

Herb Garlic Cream Cheese Spread

makes 4 oz, prep 5 min
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced then turned into paste
  • 1 tsp fresh herbs
  • pinch lemon zest
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp (makes it easier to combine)
  1. Mince garlic finely then rub it against the cutting board with the flat side of your knife until it turns to a paste. A sprinkle of kosher salt with help this along.
  2. Finely mince some fresh herbs: chives, cilantro, basil, parsley, whatever you have on hand.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a lidded container and mix until uniformly combined. Store in the fridge.
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6 Responses

  1. Melissa

    I lived in Dallas for about 13 years and at the time authentic bagels were really scarce. And my parents were New Yorkers, so they were determined to find a good deli. There was only one, but it was close by, thank goodness. I worked there after high school for the summer and the bakers used to come in at 2:30 a.m. and start boiling. The deli also made 7 types of fresh whipped cream cheese. *Crying* I miss that place.

    And now I want a bagel.

  2. noble pig

    Oh I’m sure it’s so much better than store bought! This is the way to go!

  3. Kelly from Almost Frugal Food

    They don’t sell bagels here either… another reason french cooking sucks (KIDDING! I live in france, so I can say things like that.)

  4. Ali

    oooo..that looks awesome. 🙂

  5. Aggie

    It’s hard to find a good bagel…I started buying these frozen kind that are parboiled…Ray’s NY Bagels, you finish baking them in the oven, they are good!!

    This cream cheese is perfect…yum. now I’m totally craving some on a bagel!

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