I made this Garlic and Vegetable Cheese Spread to go with these Cheddar Cheese Crackers. The crackers were very savory and tangy, and this spread was the perfect balance.
I took this spread and these crackers to work, and was so happy to see how quickly they disappeared!
I think this spread would be wonderful on bagels, bialys, or crostini! It would also be great with smoked salmon and capers.
You can probably substitute any vegetables you have on hand, but this flavor combination is really good. Note: I used a home grown (from my cousin) sweet cayenne pepper, which might not be easy to find. Just substitute a mild chili pepper, such as an Anaheim pepper, or if you don't like any spice, red bell pepper. If you want a spicier dip, you can use a jalapeño chili. I definitely will!
Garlic and Vegetable Cheese Spread
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 large carrot, diced
1/2 cup finely sliced scallions
1 T finely diced sweet onion
1 sweet cayenne pepper, seeds removed and diced (see notes above about substitutions)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
- Whip the cream cheese and sour cream together with a hand mixer, small food processor, or whisk.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Adjust flavors to taste.
- Cover and chill for about 2 to 3 hours.
- Serve with your favorite cracker, toast, or bagel.