Smoky Cream Cheese (As a Dip or for Many Other Uses)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is such a versatile recipe. I created it as a dip to go with raw vegetables (such as celery and carrot sticks), but found that it worked very well as a substitute for sour cream on mashed potatoes. A friend who tried it said it would also be good as a dipper for some seafood items -- just add some sweet chili sauce. Hope you try it and let me know how you used it. UPDATE: Thanks everyone for trying this for the Ready, Set, Cook contest. Based on comments, I have adjusted the amount of lemon called for in the ingredients. We love lemon and the original recipe called for 1 lemon, zest and juice. Decide for yourself, based on your taste.preferences.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 6 -8 roasted garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 12 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12-1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 14-12 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • milk, if needed


  1. Put all ingredients (except milk) in a food processor. Use a whole lemon if you love its flavour, otherwise a half should be plenty. Buzz for at least a minute.
  2. If the end result is too thick for your liking/use, add milk – 1 tablespoon at a time – until you have the consistency you need.
  3. Serve as a dip for raw vegetables (or for any other use you can imagine).
Most Helpful

I scaled this recipe way back, so that I had just enough to accompany some chips as a late afternoon snack. It's a good thing I did, because it is tasty enough to just eat with a spoon. Thought there was still a brick of cream cheese in the fridge but I was mistaken, so I used some whipped cream cheese in place of the softened cream cheese...didn't alter the flavor, and was so much easier to blend. I omitted the milk, as I liked the consistency the way it was. I will be making the dip again as I think it would be wonderful on a toasted bagel topped with some ham. Thanks for sharing your recipe LP. Made and reviewed for AUS/NZ Swap #66.

Chef Buggsy Mate July 14, 2012

YUM, what a nice dip for raw veggies!!!! I really enjoyed the combination of flavours from the smoked paprika and roasted garlic, but wish the garlic had come through a little more. I used 8 cloves, so maybe next time Ill just use 10. The consistency was great for dipping without adding the milk, but I guess that always depends on what brand of cream cheese and sour cream you use. Due to an allergy I left out the lemon and found the dip was great without it, too. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your creation with us, Leggy Peggy. It will be made again here. Made and reviewed for Make My Recipe June 2010.

Lalaloula June 26, 2010

I didn’t add the milk electing to leave it thicker & use more as a spread. I really enjoyed the smokiness & the roasted garlic flavors. The lemon though overpowered things and we found the dip was quite tart. Maybe the lemon I had was too large & I would have been better with measurements to achieve the results the chef had in mind. I served with raw veggies & crackers and enjoyed the combination. The recipe is also very easy to prepare. Thank you for your contribution to RSC & good luck!

Susie D March 07, 2010

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