Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip

Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip – a creamy, tangy and flavorful dip, perfect for a summer party or get together.

Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip

We are Moving From Massachusetts to Pennsylvania

Last week was a busy week for our family. The kids finished school on Monday and then we moved from Carlisle, Massachusetts to Pennsylvania for my husband’s job. We will move into our new house in West Chester, PA in early August.

In the meantime, we are staying in temporary corporate housing near my husband’s new offices. We will also spend time at our lake house in Vermont and at my parents’ place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip

I often make recipes in order to use up items in my refrigerator. Before our move, this was even more so the case, as I tried to empty out my fridge and freezer as much as possible. Which is how I came to make this Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip.

The week before the move, I was hosting a small girls’ night at my house and wanted to make a dip for the get together. I had a half block of cream cheese and some buttermilk to use up, so I decided to make this dip that I found at Cooking Light.

Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip

Easy, Make Ahead Preparation

This Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip is really easy to make. Just mix together softened cream cheese, buttermilk, minced garlic, fresh chives and parsley, lemon rind and salt and pepper.

I made the dip a day before the get together and let it sit in the refrigerator to let the flavors develop. The resulting dip was bright, tangy and full of flavor. The tanginess from the lemon and buttermilk nicely complements the creaminess of the cream cheese and freshness of the herbs. The garlic gives it a wonderful spicy kick.

Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip

I served this delicious Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip with carrot and celery sticks. Other assorted veggies such as bell pepper strips would be great accompaniments, as would pretzels and crackers. This recipe made just the right amount for my small gathering. For a larger party, I would double the amount.

What is your favorite summertime dip? Do you make recipes in order to use up ingredients in your fridge? Please let me know in the comments below!

Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: ¾ cup

Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip

Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip - a creamy, tangy and flavorful dip, perfect for a summer party or get together.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (½ cup) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (from ~ 1 clove)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • additional chopped fresh chives, for garnish, if desired
  • cut-up veggies, pretzels and/or crackers for serving

Instructions

  1. Add cream cheese, buttermilk, garlic, chives, parsley, lemon rind, salt and pepper to the bowl of a standing mixer and mix on medium-high speed until soft and creamy.
  2. Transfer dip to serving bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  3. Remove dip from refrigerator, sprinkle with additional chopped fresh chives and serve with cut-up veggies, pretzels and/or crackers
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Creamy Garlic and Herb Dip - a creamy, tangy and flavorful dip, perfect for a summer party or get together.

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