Easy Garlic-Dill Cream Cheese Schmear

Festive table set with galic dill cream cheese schmear with crackers

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This beautiful, vegetarian Cream Cheese Garlic-Dill Schmear is quick and easy to prepare and perfect little appetizer for your Christmas brunch or dinner buffet. Best of all, this delicious spread is always well received on any other occasion too.

 

Whether on a cozy winter evening with toasted bread or sunny summer day with veggies and crackers – this cream cheese with garlic and fresh dill is definitely one of our favorites.

 

Festive garlic dill cream cheese schmear wrapped like a Christmas gift

 

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NOTE: This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for photos and content.

 

WHY THIS GARLIC DILL CREAM CHEESE SCHMEAR WORKS:

 

Why I always used to buy ready-made herb cream cheese, I cannot understand with the best will. Homemade garlic-dill schmear tastes worlds better, is made quickly, and can be refined to your taste.

 

Add your favorite herbs, garlic, shallots, chili, lemon, saffron, or whatever suits you. Turn it into a heavenly spread and enjoy with vegetables, crackers, or delicious baguette.

 

For the Christmas table, I like to ‘gift-wrap’ it. Doesn’t it look festive? You can turn any basic meal into a 5-star restaurant-style dish with just a few extra touches. Fresh herbs are great for garnishing and adding freshness to any dish.

 

Schmearing herbed fresh cheese on crackers

 

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON CREAM CHEESE SCHMEAR WITH GARLIC AND DILL

 

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I would only eat pretty styled foods like this garlic-dill cream cheese smear. No, I wasn’t a spoiled brat; I was anorexic with a side of SED. My tummy was never hungry, and most foods triggered the pharyngeal reflex.

 

Naturally, my mom tried her best to present me with food that is pleasing to the eye in hopes I’d eat it.
 

Unbeknown to my mom, the study shows that “the concentration of ghrelin in the blood increases specifically in response to visual stimulation with food images. Our brain thus processes these visual stimuli, and the physical processes that control our perception of appetite are triggered involuntarily.”

 

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However, my dad had less patience for food styling or my lack of appetite. He would occasionally get so frustrated with me, he’d order me away from the table.
 

Nowadays I eat everything in sight, pretty or not. 🤷‍♀️ I still like my food to look appetizing, though, but I only go the extra mile on holidays and special occasions.

 

Garlic and dill dip you can spread on crackers or bread

 

WHAT’S IN THIS HERB CREAM CHEESE SPREAD?

 

You will love these five simple ingredients needed for the delicious schmear and that’s with the garnish. Without making it into a ‘gift’, you’ll only need three (!):
 
 
  • Cream cheese
  • Fresh dill
  • Garlic salt
  • Red bell pepper
  • Scallions (green onions)
 

HOW TO MAKE GARLIC-DILL CREAM CHEESE SCHMEAR?

 
 
*Details and the printable recipe are available at the bottom of this post.
 
 
  1. Mix the dill and garlic salt into the cheese. Pack the mixture back into the cream cheese box lined with plastic wrap. Refrigerate, then unwrap it and flatten the wrinkles out with a knife.
  2. Decorate with a green onion bow and red pepper dots before serving alongside crackers.
 
This festive German cream cheese spread is quick and easy to make.

 

RECIPE NOTES/PRO TIPS:

 

  • Take the spread out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week.  
  • How to decorate the cream cheese schmear into a ‘gift’:
  1. First, cut a ‘gift tag’ out of the red pepper and use the rest to cut into small squares (dots), approx. 1/4-1/2 inch in size. Gently press the pepper ‘dots’ into the cheese.
  2. Second, slice the stems (green parts) of the scallion in half lengthwise. Wrap with scallion stems to resemble the ribbon. Press stems into sides of cheese square, beginning with the end of one stem on each side. You can tuck the ends in, or cut the excess.
  3. Finely, form loops with remaining stems and add the ‘gift tag’.
 
 
IF YOU LOVE FRESH CHEESE, TRY MAKING YOUR OWN FARMER’S CHEESE. IT’S SUPER EASY! 
 
 

OTHER CHEESY APPETIZERS YOU WILL LOVE:

 

 
 
 
 
 

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Easy cream cheese gif-wrapped smear with garlic and fresh dill appetizer

 

Easy cream cheese gif-wrapped smear with garlic and fresh dill appetizer
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Easy Garlic-Dill Schmear

Cream Cheese Garlic-Dill Schmear is a quick and easy little appetizer for your Christmas brunch or dinner buffet.
Prep Time15 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Servings: 6 - 8
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

Cheese spread

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese (save the box!)
  • ½ teaspoon dill
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt

Garnish

  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 scallion (green onion)

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a small bowl, mix 1/2 teaspoon dill and 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt with 8 oz. cream cheese (you can use a fork, wooden spoon, or a hand mixer). Pack the mixture back into the cheese box lined with plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Unwrap the cheese and flatten the wrinkles out with a knife.
  • Garnish, if desired, to resemble a Christmas gift (see Recipe Notes). Serve the gift cream cheese spread with crackers.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • Take the spread out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week.  
  • How to decorate the cream cheese schmear into a 'gift':
  1. First, cut a 'gift tag' out of the red pepper and use the rest to cut into small squares (dots), approx. 1/4-1/2 inch in size. Gently press the pepper 'dots' into the cheese.
  2. Second, slice the stems (green parts) of the scallion in half lengthwise. Wrap with scallion stems to resemble the ribbon. Press stems into sides of cheese square, beginning with the end of one stem on each side. You can tuck the ends in, or cut the excess.
  3. Finely, form loops with remaining stems and add the 'gift tag'.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Easy Garlic-Dill Schmear
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 219mg9%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1149IU23%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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37 Comment

  1. Reply
    Justine
    November 29, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Love these flavors together. The presentation is so cute! I never would have thought to put together something like this, but it’s going to make such a beautiful addition to my appetizer table at Christmas.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 2, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Thank you so much, Justine! Enjoy!

  2. Reply
    Jessica
    November 29, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I make this every year, and it’s a total hit! It’s a showstopper and I will continue to make it!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

      I do too! When it’s easy and pleases the crowd, stick with it. πŸ˜€

  3. Reply
    Beth
    November 29, 2019 at 11:30 am

    This has to be the best recipe I’ve ever seen! Love love love the presentation! Great job!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Awe, many thanks, Beth! Hugs

  4. Reply
    Sapana
    November 29, 2019 at 11:04 am

    What a beautiful and tasty gift idea!! Thank you!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

      You’re welcome, Sapana! Thanks for stopping in. x

  5. Reply
    Calleigh F
    November 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

    This cream cheese looks so pretty. I love that it is quick and easy to prepare, a perfect little appetizer for Christmas brunch or dinner buffet.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 2, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Thanks for your lovely feedback, Calleigh! xx

  6. Reply
    Priya Shiva
    November 29, 2019 at 10:23 am

    wow! It looks so fabulous and so easy to make too! I just love the way you have presented it.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Thank you, Priya! It is so simple to make. πŸ™‚

  7. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    November 26, 2019 at 10:05 am

    This appetizer dip is so festive and super cute! Sharing to all of our favorite boards!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 26, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Awe, thank you, Bobbi! What a difference a bit of garnish makes, ha. Hugs

  8. Reply
    Chris
    December 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    So simple & festive!

    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you, Chris! Happy New Year!

  9. Reply
    Leigh
    December 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    This looks tasty and easy…a win in my book! Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Leigh πŸ˜€ Happy Holidays!!!

  10. Reply
    Helen Fern
    December 21, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Very pretty gift idea!! Thanks for sharing on Whats for Dinner!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Helen!

  11. Reply
    Jennifer
    December 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Love that cream cheese gift spread! And as much as I love the holidays and a change of season, I am always ready for warmer days. Unfortunately for us (here in Flagstaff), spring is very cold here, so I’m waiting for June! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Really? I always thought AZ is pretty hot – shows how much I know, lol. Wishing you happy Holidays and a warm spring! πŸ˜€

  12. Reply
    Renee
    December 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

    So cute! I will totally have to try this very soon. And yes, so looking forward to spring! Merry Christmas!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 18, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Thank you, Renee! Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours!

    2. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 18, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Thank you, Renee! Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours!

  13. Reply
    Sagan
    December 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    CUTE! Food is so much better when the presentation has thought like this put into it πŸ™‚

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 16, 2015 at 6:55 am

      You are absolutely right. When I was little that was the only way mom could get me to eat anything – styling the food like a pro. I’m not as picky anymore, lol.

  14. Reply
    Jessy @ The Life Jolie
    December 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Looks delicious- what a unique gift idea!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 16, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Thank you, Jessie! It’s the little things, right? πŸ™‚

  15. Reply
    Carlee
    December 15, 2015 at 11:04 am

    So cute! I love doing shaped cheese balls! I will have to give this one a go!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Carlee! Me too and this one is perfect for the holidays πŸ™‚

  16. Reply
    Barbara
    December 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    These are adorable! I’ve made the candy sleds before – easy and so fun to give. Thanks for the yummy holiday ideas – the cream cheese “present” is priceless.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you, I love simple things that look great and make people happy πŸ™‚

  17. Reply
    [email protected]
    December 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Sounds yummy! I love the presentation, too! Thanks so much for sharing at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      December 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Hi Amy, thank you for hosting the party!

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