Dip Essentials: Holliday Cheese Spread

Andy Anderson !


This is an easy/peasy dip to assemble, and uses ingredients that you probably have lurking about in your kitchen cabinets.

I based this loosely on a French Gournay cheese, but with less work. It is great with crackers, or toasted bread; in addition, I have used it on omelets, and mash taters… So yummy.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp
    sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 clove
    baked garlic, or more, if you like garlic
  • 1/4 tsp
    sea salt, or kosher salt
  • 3 - 4 medium
  • 1/2 tsp
    tamari sauce, or liquid aminos
  • 1 pinch
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 c
    fresh italian parsley, chopped

  • ·
    cayenne pepper, just a pinch, for some added heat on those cold winter days
  • ·
    cooked, chopped bacon… mmmm
  • ·
    a bit of juice from the caper bottle, for tang
  • ·
    a teaspoon or so, of finely grated lemon zest, for a citrus note

How to Make Dip Essentials: Holliday Cheese Spread


  2. If you want to change up the flavors, leave out the baked garlic, and add about a scant tablespoon of dehydrated onions.
  3. If you do not want to bake the garlic, then use 1 smashed clove of regular garlic.
  4. You will need a mini-prep blender, or any blender, for that matter.
  5. A note on the tamari sauce… it was a last-minute addition, but I felt it really brought the dish to life. Suggestion, make the recipe without the tamari, and give it a taste, if you like it, fine; however, it you are feeling adventurous, add the tamari and then give it another taste. I think you will like how it livens up this dip.
  6. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  7. Add all the ingredients (except the parsley) to a small blender.
  8. Blend until completely smooth.
  9. Add the parsley, and give a few 1-second pulses, until incorporated into the dip.
  11. Serve at room temperature in a small bowl, and serve with crackers, bread (toasted or plain), or sturdy chips. Enjoy.
  12. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Dip Essentials: Holliday Cheese Spread

Course/Dish: Dips
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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