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
What a great site! Just stumbled across it because I was curious about Boursin and I feel like the first guy in the California gold rush must have felt when he came across a gold nugget in a creek – I’ll back for more! Thanks so much, Sue.
Welcome in Barbara ~ you stumbled on a good one for your first experience here 🙂
Made this to bring to Christmas dinner. Used 1 block 1/3 less fat cream cheese, 2 oz. goat cheese and 2 oz. whipped cream cheese. Only 1 tsp each of dried herbs, didn’t want to be overwhelming. Very good. Brought a little home, going to add it to roasted cauliflower soup I found online. And I did use 1 large garlic clove that I grated with zester.
I love the idea of adding this to soup, that’s inspired, Beverly 🙂
I’m replying so I can keep your ideas. They sound good!
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. I couldn’t find whipped cream cheese so I used 1.5 bricks but softened it in the microwave first. I also added about 2 tbsp. of goat cheese to give it some tang. Thank you for a great recipe.
You’re so welcome 🙂
I’ve not seen these crackers in the grocery store, but someone mentioned Trader Joe’s, and I did just buy their fig and olive crackers that look a lot like this. Now I can’t wait to make this Boursin cheese spread to serve with them! Sue, thank you so much for your blog,! You have nice photography, and I like the lovely way you word things. You have a gift!
Thank you SO much Renate, you can’t know how much comments like this mean to me 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday.
Wondering if I could do this with the home made yogurt cheese? Please also what is the recipe for the delicious looking crackers in the picture
I haven’t tried this with yogurt cheese but I think it would be great. And the crackers are Rainforest Crisps, you can find them in most supermarkets.
Just an FYI, the actual name of the crackers are Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps.
There are several different versions of their crackers. Do you remember which ones, specifically, those are? I love the idea of all of the whole seeds and nuts in them.
Delicious!!! Love this recipe without adding butter!!!
Yeah, I don’t think butter is necessary in this cheese. Glad you liked it Connie 🙂
Was it decided that you could freeze it? I would like to make some in advance and the thaw package and give as gifts.
I believe you can freeze this, Nan, but I haven’t tried it myself, so can’t confirm.
You lovely kind girl, sharing your wonderful idea with everyone! I am definately going to do this, at the moment I freeze herbs and the containers take up quite a lot of room. Problem solved thankyou so much. Also going to try your Boursin.
Hi, The recipe sounds great, could you use sour cream with the cream cheese instead of butter to get the same result
I don’t see why not, sour cream sounds good to me.
Thanks so much for this lovely recipe and the information on the herbs. I experimented a bit and really liked the way the boursin tastes when I add fresh goat cheese to the cream in a ratio of approx 1/3 goat and 2/3 cream cheese. It also helps that crumbly texture.