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

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Recipe by Leggy Peggy

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.

Top Review by Chef Buggsy Mate

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.

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).

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