Garlic herb whipped cottage cheese protein packed with homemade airy garlicky cottage cheese seasoned with Italian herbs, onion powder, and garlic powder, giving a similar taste to herbed goat cheese.
Quick and Easy Cheese Spread
This is a super easy recipe for homemade cottage cheese whipped in the food processor to create a rich, creamy, airy cheese that can be used on toast. If you like Boursin cheese, you will love this alternative! Great to make when busy under 10 minutes. This herb spread can become your favorite dip for pita chips, whole-grain crackers, crudites, and a charcuterie board.
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Blend the chilled cottage cheese in a food processor to make this very convenient cheese spread. Then add the remaining ingredients: grated garlic, Italian herb seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. You will notice I did not add any salt because the cheese is salty as it is. Whip this until nice and thick and well combined. You won't have to chill it again to use it; use it right away.
See the garlic herb whipped cottage cheese recipe card for quantities.
Make sure the cottage cheese has been chilled to sustain being whipped to become thick instead of watery.
Scrap the sides every 30 seconds to help with incorporation.
Use a garlic press to help reduce the raw garlic taste. (See equipment for other options).
After you have whipped the cheese, then you can add the remaining ingredients and whip again.
The outcome will be an airy, stiff, whipped cottage cheese. The KitchenAid Food Chopper did a fantastic job!
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- Cottage Cheese - Try cream or ricotta cheese if you don't have cottage cheese.
- Italian Seasoning - You can use fresh herbs instead. Chop finely some fresh rosemary, oregano, and parsley.
- Onion Powder - Add grated fresh sweet onion.
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- Homemade Cottage Cheese Dip - Make the perfect healthy dip for bagel or pita chips and fresh raw vegetables, like cherry tomatoes, carrots, celery, broccoli, radishes, and bell peppers.
- Olive Oil and Lemon - Add a splash of lemon and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil to kick it up a notch.
- Onion and Chives - Add fresh chives chopped and combined with grated sweet onion.
- Creamy Dip - For a creamier, delicious dip, add a splash of milk and whisk well.
- Whipped Greek Yogurt - Replace the cottage cheese with thick chilled Greek yogurt. Then, add a splash of lemon. This may not go well with an omelet but can be used as a dip for fresh veggies.
- Roasted Garlic - Use roasted for a sweeter garlic taste.
- Roasted Garlic and Sundried Tomatoes - Finely chop roasted garlic and sundried tomatoes for a robust flavor.
- Parmesan Black Pepper - Omit the Italian herb seasoning and add fresh ground black pepper and a grated parmesan or Italian cheese blend.
- Food Processor - I use my small Kitchen Aid 3.5 Cup Food Processor for this amount. I suggest doubling the recipe and keeping the rest in an air-tight container if you have a large one.
- Garlic Press - A garlic press was used to ensure the garlic was in fine pieces. You don't want too much of a raw garlic taste. If you don't have a garlic press, use a grater or chop it finely before adding it to the food process. In the video, you’ll see that I used the OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press.
- Silicone Spatula - A great spatula, like my Kitchen Aid Silicone Spatula, will help scrap down the side of the processor to help incorporate back the mixture when blending.
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- Refrigerator - Store in an airtight container. The cheese will last up to a week.
- Freezer - First, follow the refrigeration process mentioned above. Then you can place it in the freezer in a labeled, airtight container. The cheese will last for about two months.
Air Tight Food Containers - I use Glass Food Storage Containers with a plastic clipping lid to store food. For example, I always suggest glass storage containers since you can microwave them and hold food without staining the container, and the glass keeps them at a more stable temperature, which keeps the food fresher longer.
For success, use chilled cottage cheese so that when whipped, it will be thick, airy, and fluffy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cottage cheese is loose curds made from skimmed milk.
It smells like cheddar cheese but has a mild flavor.
Cottage cheese can be good for you, depending on your diet restrictions. It is packed with protein and calcium.
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Whipped Garlic Herbed Cottage Cheese
- ½ cup cottage cheese 4% Milkfat, chilled
- 1 garlic clove garlic pressed or grated
- ½ teaspoon Italian herb blend
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- Save time in the kitchen: Read the instructions thoroughly, then gather and prep all your ingredients before cooking! Learn Prepping Tips.
- Whip: Blend cottage cheese in the food processor, scrapping every 30 seconds until smooth with a silicone spatula.
- Finish Up: Add and blend the grated garlic, Italian herb blend, garlic powder, and onion powder, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds until whipped thick and smooth.
- Serve Suggestions: Serve as a spread on toast, bagel, or in an omelet.
- Cook chicken to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C).
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat to prevent foodborne illness from contaminated uncooked meats.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat to prevent cross-contamination.
- Don't leave food at room temperature for extended periods; this can breed bacteria.
- Never leave cooking food unattended to prevent burns and fires.
- Use oils with a high smoke point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
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