Garlic and Herb "Cream Cheese" (Vegan)

Garlic and Herb Vegan "Cream Cheese"

If you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative to an old favorite, garlic and herb goat cheese, give this vegan take a try. The “cream cheese” alone lacks the usual, slight tang of its Philly counterpart, but a touch of lemon juice is all you need to lend it that missing edge. A little bit of seasoning is all it takes to elevate an otherwise beige (literally and figuratively) product to something crave-worthy!

What’s your favorite way to jazz up vegan “cheese”? (On the sweet side, I’m partial to these chocolate “cream cheese” cupcakes.) Let’s talk in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!

Garlic and Herb Vegan "Cream Cheese"

Garlic and Herb Cream “Cheese” (Vegan)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Makes: About 1 cup

Spread the finished product on bagels or crackers, or use it as a dip for raw veggies or chips! Also, if you want, you can easily make this without the aid of a stand mixer — a hand mixer or simply a spoon and a few minutes of stirring will work just fine.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) minced garlic
  • 14 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1814 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces Trader Joe’s vegan cream cheese or comparable brand
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 12 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

On a cutting board, sprinkle minced garlic with Kosher salt and mash garlic into a paste. Transfer garlic paste, pepper, vegan cream cheese and lemon juice to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed for a minute or two until well-combined and somewhat fluffy. Stir in chives and minced thyme. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed, and transfer mixture to a small storage container; garnish with chives. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before using, use within about 5 days.

Garlic and Herb Vegan "Cream Cheese"

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2 Comments

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    pastrychef 714
    May 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Is this “Cream Cheese” soy free? I will try it if it is cashew-based as I have made “Herbed Cream Cheese” with soaked cashews and it is very good, but this would be quick and convenient.

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