Garlic Scape Herbed Cream Cheese
A fast and flavorful spread for appetizers or snacks, this zesty cream cheese marries fresh herbs with garlic scapes for a Spring treat. Spread this on crackers or tortillas, pipe it into peppers, or dunk a carrot for a fresh from the farm share appetizer.
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When I was gathering garlic scape recipes I came across this Grilled Crostini with Garlic Scape Cream Cheese and Tomatoes from Kim of Kiss My Smoke. Her recipe reminded me that I hadn't tried making a savory cheese spread using farm share ingredients.
This is not that spread that my kids keep asking me to make--I think I need to use some ricotta to make it a bit drier and firm it up, to come closer to Boursin, but much more testing is needed. Rule #3, something to look forward to. [What are Rules #1 and #2? Rule #1--you need someone to love. Rule #2--you need something to do. Rule #3--you need something to look forward to. I learned these from my spouse shortly after we met.]
No, for this cream cheese spread I was inspired by Kim's Crostini and also by the burgeoning growing of my herb patch and garlic bed. Each Fall I plant garlic bulbs. They get a bit of root growth in before winter sets in, then snuggle under a blanket of snow and emerge from the ground in the Spring. Each Spring I am rewarded with garlic scapes. [Oh, and garlic too, but I'm really a fan of the scapes. They appear for a brief and shining moment and I want to make the most of them.] I mostly use my garlic scapes in pesto, that I then use in a variety of recipes (see my garlic scape recipes collection here). I wanted to try an alternative use, and made this fresh herbed cream cheese recipe.
This garlic scape herbed cream cheese can be used in a myriad of ways. I've dunked veggies into it, piped it into peppers, and spread it on a tortilla to make an appetizer sandwich pinwheel. It makes a fresh addition to a Spring vegetable appetizer platter. Want more vegetable-centric appetizers? Please check out my Awesome Veggie Apps and Snacks board on Pinterest.
For more recipes using garlic scapes, please see my Garlic and Garlic Scapes Recipe Collection. For more recipes using fresh herbs, please see my Recipes Using Herbs Collection. These collections are part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me eating from the farm share, the farmer's market, the garden, the neighbor's garden, and great deals on ugly produce at the grocery store.
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Garlic Scape Herbed Cream Cheese
- 2 or 3 garlic scapes, chopped into short pieces (about 3 Tablespoons total)
- ¼ cup packed fresh parsley leaves--I used flat Italian parsley
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chive leaves (got chive blossoms? I've got ideas!)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- about ¾ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
- about ½ teaspoon of salt--I use kosher
optional to serve: carrot sticks, mushrooms, blanched asparagus or celery to dunk, mini peppers to stuff, tortillas to wrap, crackers to spread upon. It's up to you.
- Place garlic scapes, parsley and chives in a food processor with a metal blade. Pulse several times, stopping to scrape after every few pulses, until the fresh herbs are finely chopped.
- Add the cream cheese and pulse again to blend. Stop and scrape down the sides.
- Add the spices and blend well.
- Transfer to a container and chill for 30 minutes to an hour to let the flavors mingle.
- Serve as shown in the assorted photos, or go off on your own direction.
I have two behind the scenes photos for you today. The first is showing the bright sunny day when I was taking photos of the garlic scape herbed cream cheese and using lots of black foam core board to cut down on the light. Robert Barker came into the kitchen to take a nap in support.
The second behind the scenes photo shows the reality of sharing a photo space with my daughter while school is in session. Oy!