Looking to jazz up your Sunday brunch bagel? Dip veggies and chips? Add to sandwiches? This Dill Cream Cheese Spread is perfect for all of those things. This recipe is so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and it gives you a cream cheese spread that can be used with so many different recipes, like my Cucumber Sandwiches.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
All you need to make this easy Dill Cream Cheese Spread is: cream cheese, dill weed, lemon juice, garlic, and black pepper. Just 5 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! You can even make this Dill Cream Cheese Spread recipe and store it in the fridge for up to a week. It's great to have on hand for snacks or meals.
You can use this Dill Cream Cheese Spread on bagels, toast, as a dipping vessel for veggies or bagel chips, on wraps and so much more! I even use this recipe on my Cucumber Sandwiches, which make an amazing light lunch or afternoon snack!
Tips for Making Dill Cream Cheese Spread
• Use high quality cream cheese. Obviously, I use organic cream cheese. But, if you're trying to make a fancy cream cheese spread like you'd get at a bagel shop, then make sure you're buying a good quality cream cheese so you get great flavor. My favorite is Organic Valley.
• Use dried dill weed, not fresh. The dried dill weed has more flavor and it will keep better if you store this in the fridge for a week or so while you use it.
• As it's Meyer lemon season right now, you can use regular lemon juice or Meyer lemon juice for this recipe – whatever you have on hand. The flavor will change a little bit depending which lemon you use, but that's part of the fun as you can make this cream cheese a little different by just switching up the lemon.
• Store in an airtight container in the fridge so it doesn't dry out. A tip is just keep your cream cheese container, mix this all up in a bowl, and you can put it right back into the cream cheese container.
Ingredients for Dill Cream Cheese Spread
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Dill Cream Cheese SpreadDifficulty: Easy
This simple Dill Cream Cheese Spread can be used to top bagels, sandwiches, galettes, and more.
8 ounces organic cream cheese
2 teaspoons organic dried dill weed
1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon organic garlic powder
Organic black pepper, to taste
- In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, dill, lemon juice, garlic powder, and black pepper to a medium bowl. Mix until combined. (You can also use a hand mixer here if you prefer or want a whipped cream cheese).
- Use on bagels, sandwiches, or veggies.
- Store cream cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
- High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.
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