My Homemade Boursin Cheese recipe is easy to do, and the flavor is spot on. This copy cat garlic and herb creamy cheese is absolutely delicious and will save you SO MUCH money! It’s perfect for any occasion.
Homemade Boursin cheese is a breeze!
I’m so excited to share this with you, it’s phenomenal. The combination of fresh garlic, mixed herbs, and fluffy cream cheese is so good, you won’t be able to stop eating it. Better invite some friends over. In fact this is ideal for entertaining because Boursin is special enough to stand on its own, just add crackers and you’ve got a party.
the simple list of ingredients:
The classic Boursin cheese includes just parsley and chives, but I think the more the merrier. A larger mix of herbs gives my cheese a more robust, herbier flavor, I think you’re going to love it…
- whipped cream cheese ~ the cheese in Boursin is Gournay, a type of fresh French cream cheese.
- garlic ~ fresh garlic gives this Boursin cheese recipe an appealing punch.
- assorted dried herbs, I used: parlsey, oregano, marjoram, tarragon, thyme, chives, sage, and basil.
how to make homemade garlic and herbed cheese spread
My small food processor works perfectly for this job, but as long as you mince the garlic fine enough, you can definitely do it by hand. You’re going to need whipped cream cheese, a clove of garlic, and and assortment of dried herbs for this recipe.
Pack it into a jar after everything is mixed, and let it ‘age’ for 24 hours in the fridge to allow the flavors to develop and permeate the cheese. It’s now ready to spread on crackers, burgers, sandwiches, etc.
tips for making your own Boursin cheese
- Homemade Boursin cheese is a great idea for a host gift. Pack it into a cute Weck jar and bring it with the recipe attached.
- Using good quality dried herbs is important because they’re going to take center stage in this cheese. My microwave method for drying fresh herbs works great, and when you do it yourself, you get the biggest bang for your buck.
- It might sound like a lot of herbs, so use less if you like. I think the cream cheese can really handle quite a bit without being overwhelmed, so I loaded it up. Be sure to crush the herbs further between your fingers as you add them to bring out the flavors.
How to use your homemade Boursin
- This cheese is so tasty it only needs some great crackers by its side.
- I got many questions about the brand of cracker I used in the photos…they are Lesley Stowe Rainforest Crisps.
- You can make your own crisp crackers, check out my Hazelnut Seeded Crisps or my Vegan Multi Seeded Crisps.
- You can use your cheese as a base for many kinds of simple savory tarts, like my Sweet Onion Puff Pastry Tart or my Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart.
- It’s once of the delicious layers in my 7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip.
- This cheese is always a hit on a cheese board, and in my How to Make an Epic Cheese Board post I’ll show you how to make adorable Boursin pinecones, with sliced almonds.
- Slather it on baked potatoes or grilled steak.
- Substitute your herbed cheese in many savory recipes that call for cream cheese.
Reader Rave ~
“Just made this and it is delicious. I put some on a cracker and asked my husband what he thought it was – he got it on the first bite. Took some over to his mom and she said the same thing. Thank you for a great recipe.” ~Joan
variations to make this diy garlic and herb cheese your own ~
- You can use very finely minced fresh herbs for a different type of flavor.
- Go ahead and use a low fat whipped cream cheese for a skinny homemade Boursin cheese recipe.
- Try mixing the whipped cream cheese with some soft goat cheese for an extra tang.
Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe
- 12 ounces whipped cream cheese
- 1 large clove of garlic
2 scant teaspoons each:
- dried parsley
- dried oregano
- dried marjoram
- dried tarragon
- dried thyme
- dried chives
- dried sage
- dried basil
- You can do this in a food processor or by hand. For the processor, process the garlic first until it is finely minced, then add the cheese and herbs and process until creamy.
- By hand, mince the garlic as finely as possible, and then mix everything together in a large bowl.
- Put the cheese into an airtight jar or container and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.
- Plan to use your homemade Boursin cheese within two weeks.
Questions and Reviews
We have made homemade Boursin in my family, try adding 1 stick of unsalted butter and you will get the more crumbly texture of real Boursin. I have also used plain cream cheese instead of the whipped. Great way to use all the different herbs in the garden.
I will try the butter, Aly, I can’t wait!
Hi Aly, Do you use cream cheese & butter together with herbs or just butter with the herbs? I would use plain cream cheese also. Tia
Aly, do you add a stick of butter as well as all of the cream cheese?
I think scant is a bad term to use in a recipe.
It’s funny, I rarely use that term, but occasionally I do, and for me it’s a way of refining the measurement. Same thing when I use ‘heaping’ in a direction.
Nothing wrong with scant IMO, it just means don’t fill the spoon/cup/etc to the top.
To clarify, if it were a baking recipe, scant would be inaccurate but this is a “to your taste” kind of recipe.
Hi! How long is the shelf life for this recipe? I’m being pretentious, that’s gonna be gone with just me and my husband and some chips. Lol, still would be a good to know. Thanks!
Well, I have never gotten to test how long it lasts because it always goes the day I make it, Audi. I think it would last for a good three weeks in a tub or jar with a well fitting lid.
You could also use a leftover green olive jars. I save mine for different uses. Just a thought.
Also I was thinking if I could scoop mixture and freeze on sheet pan put in freezer bag or container for longer storage.Then take out what I need to use. How would it hold up doing it this way? Just a thought.
Can u use horseradish?
Sure, I love it!
What kind of jar is that, that you have the cheese packed in?
That’s a Weck canning jar, Bethany, I love them, you can find them online, and on Amazon, and sometimes in stores like Cost Plus World Market.
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It’s gorgeous! Ty!!
I cook for private clients who express concerns for garlic use a garlic press or a very fine grater turns out so so fine you even aware it’s there’s try and see if that works good luck
I very much like Boursin Cheese but it’s so darn expensive. I’m going to try and make this recipe. A good friend made a great dish using Boursin & new baby potatoes. Giving it a whirl. Thanks for the recipe!
Does anyone know the brand name of those crackers?
They look like the rosemary crackers that Trader Joes sells to me.
They are Lesley Stowe Rainforest Crisps, Penny, and you can find similar types from other brands, as well. Find them here.
(Raincoast Crisps). I love them. We sell them where I work. Available at Kroger stores that have Murray’s cheese counters! My favorite is the fig and olive.
Wow! This is definitely a recipe I have to make. I love Boursin cheese, and discovered that cramming it under the skin of a whole chicken is delicious! What a great recipe! (Where do you come up with all of your brilliant ideas?!)
I think your under the chicken skin idea is brilliant 🙂
Sue, your gorgeous photos have me craving this! I always make mine with just the herbs, no garlic, because I am allergic/sensitive to garlic. (I know, I know, the worst possible thing to be bothered by, right?!) I usually limit the herbs to about four, but why?
I’m actually sensitive to raw garlic too, and was hesitant about this, but even though the one clove produced great flavor, it didn’t bother me.
I am so excited to try this, Sue! We love Boursin cheese, and I buy it all the time. It would be wonderful to make it myself, and what a great idea for Christmas gifts! I wanted to pick some up when I was at a higher end grocery store the other day, and they were charging $8.00 for that little block of Boursin! I walked out without it. Now I can make my own. Yay! 🙂 Thanks so much.
Oh wow, this is going to change your life Shari.