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Herbed Garlic Cheese Dip

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


2-2/3 cups

Served with chilled beverages and bite-size vegetables, my garden-fresh dip makes a simple yet surprisingly elegant beginning to any meal.—Josephine D. Piro, Easton, Pennsylvania
Herbed Garlic Cheese Dip Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 20 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1-2/3 cups crumbled farmer cheese (about 14 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Assorted fresh vegetables


  1. Place garlic in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 20 minutes or until softened. Drain and rinse in cold water; peel garlic. Place in a food processor.
  2. Add the farmer cheese, basil, cream cheese, oil, onions, parsley, water, rosemary and cayenne; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl; chill until serving. Serve with vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 60 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat.

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