Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (full-fat for best flavor), softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion (or green onions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon heavy cream or sour cream (for extra creaminess)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (for a tangy twist)

Instructions:

  • Soften the cream cheese: Remove the cream cheese from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to soften. This will make mixing easier.
  • Prepare the herbs and onion: Wash and finely chop the fresh chives. Finely dice the red onion.
  • Combine the ingredients: In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese, chopped chives, minced red onion, onion powder, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. If using, add the heavy cream/sour cream and feta cheese.
  • Mix well: Use a hand mixer or a sturdy spoon to beat the ingredients together until everything is evenly combined and the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Taste and adjust: Give the cream cheese spread a taste and adjust the salt, pepper, or any other ingredients according to your preference.
  • Chill (optional): For the best flavor development, cover the bowl and chill the spread in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Spread on bagels, toast, or crackers.
  • Use as a dip for fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, or bell peppers.
  • Stuff cherry tomatoes or mini bell peppers with the mixture.
  • Add a dollop to baked potatoes.
  • Serve as part of a charcuterie board.

Tips:

  • Fresh chives are best: They provide the most vibrant flavor, but if necessary, you can substitute with freeze-dried chives.
  • Adjust to your liking: Experiment with different herbs if you like, or add a pinch of paprika for a touch of spice.

Enjoy!

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