Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Herbed Cheese Spread

This is one of my boy's favorites.

I happened upon this recipe a few years ago when I was catering a holiday appetizer party for 75.  It was a last minute throw together in the food processor just in case I need it extra.  It ended up being the most requested appetizer of the evening! It's now on my menu.

Simple pantry ingredients.

Mayo, cream cheese, seasonings.

If you don't have a food processor, you could use a blender or your plain ole muscles and just stir, stir, stir!

You'll need two blocks of cream cheese.  I like to leave them out to soften but you don't have to if you have a food processor.

Half of a cup of mayo, minced onion, parsley, paprika, italian seasoning, garlic powder, a pinch of salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce (I ran out and now use Aminos), and Pecorino Romano (or Parmesan) cheese.

Put all of the ingredients into the food processor.

I eyeball everything. It's much faster. Less dishes.

Give it a whirl.

Scrape down the sides and give it another whirl till everything is mixed well.

It's THAT easy.

Taste test it!  Make sure it's salty enough.

If you let it sit for a bit, the onions will soften up and flavor the cream cheese to perfection.

I've put this in a freezer ziploc bag and cut off a tiny corner and piped it onto crackers, cucumbers, and carrots. You could add a bit more mayo to make it a little softer. Leave out at room temperature before piping.

You can also spread it in a dish and let people scoop it out.

It's also great shaped into a cheese ball. I made it into an apple and a pear one time. Rolled and sprinkled with paprika and parsley. Very fancy. I like fancy.

Or, you could just eat it eat with a spoon.

Everyone likes it. It's that good.

Herbed Cheese Spread
2 blocks of cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo
1/3 cup Pecorino Romano
2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Paprika, garlic powder, parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon Aminos (or Worcestershire Sauce)

Combine ingredients until well blended.
Serve chilled.

So Appetizing!
The Lunch Lady

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