Chive and Garlic Cheese Spread Chive and Garlic Cheese Spread

Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Sabrina Linn Image by: Jeff Coulson

Creamy Havarti cheese is the ideal base for this flavourful herb-studded spread. Its soft texture and pleasant, mild flavour let the chives and garlic shine through.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours & 25 minutes
  • Portion size 2 servings



In food processor, purée together Havarti cheese, cream cheese, cream, garlic, mustard and pepper until smooth; stir in chives and parsley.

Line small, deep bowl with plastic wrap; scrape in cheese mixture, pressing firmly and smoothing top. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 5 days.)

Unwrap and invert cheese ball onto serving plate.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: You'll need a small, deep bowl that holds at least 2 cups to fit the cheese mixture. If you're not sure of your bowl's capacity, measure 2 cups of water and pour it in to check.

Serve With:
• Crisp crackers, such as pita crisps, whole grain squares or rich butter crackers
• Warm fresh biscuits
• Vegetable crudites
• Fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries

Nutritional facts per 1 tbsp: about

  • Fibre 0 g
  • Sodium 79 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 60.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Potassium 14 mg
  • Cholesterol 18 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g


  • Iron 1.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
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Chive and Garlic Cheese Spread