Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Roasted Garlic Spread

This is one of our favorite dips! Roasting the garlic makes the house smell amazing!

Roasted Garlic Spread

1 large head garlic, unpeeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 t salt
2T minced fresh chives or cilantro

Peel outer skin from garlic, leaving the head intact. Place garlic in a small baking pan; drizzle with oil. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove cover, and bake 8-10 additional minutes or until garlic is soft. Remove from oven, and let cool completely. Remove and discard papery skin from garlic. Scoop out garlic pulp with a small spoon.

Beat cream cheese and butter at high speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add garlic and salt; beat until blended. Stir in chives or cilantro. Store spread in refrigerator. Serve over warm slices of French bread, or with crackers.

We love to spread it on Ritz crackers after it has been refrigerated!