Up your appetizer game and surprise your guests with a homemade Boursin cheese recipe! Cream cheese and butter base filled with plenty of garlic and herbs.
What is Boursin Cheese?
Boursin cheese was first created in 1957 by François Boursin. Unilever brand has since bought the brand and has many other flavors, such as fig and caramelized onion. The soft spread is often called gournay cheese.
The best thing about Boursin is it is quick to grab at the store when I have no time to prepare an appetizer. When I do have time, I love to make a homemade version that is free from preservatives.
- Cream cheese – This is the base of the recipe; the cream cheese makes for a very creamy spread.
- Butter – Adds flavor and softens the spread even more.
- Parmesan Cheese– A touch of parmesan cheese is added to the Boursin recipe for texture and flavor.
- Seasonings – Salt, pepper, dried garlic powder, and fresh parsley are the seasoning for the dish. Though you can use fresh garlic cloves and dried parsley if desired. What is great about this recipe is you can use fresh herbs or dried herbs, depending on what you have on hand.
Step One – In a medium-sized bowl, blend the cream cheese with a handheld mixer until softened and fluffy this will only take a minute.
Step Two – Add the softened butter.
Step Three – Blend the cream cheese and butter together.
Step Three – Add the parmesan and blend again.
Step Four – Add the seasonings.
Step Five – Blend for one more final time.
Step Six – Place saran wrap in a small bowl; I use a 6-ounce custard bowl. Spoon in the spread, and wrap the saran wrap over to cover. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. When ready to serve, unwrap the Boursin and place it on a platter. Use a fork if desired to make lines down the side. Serve and enjoy!
What does Boursin cheese go with?
- Crackers – Check your cracker aisle at the store for unique crackers to serve with your homemade Boursin cheese. We love multigrain crackers, seeded crackers, or Raincoast Crisps. The dip goes great on a small cheese board or a fancy charcuterie board.
- Fresh fruit – Along with the crackers, serve the spread with a side of grapes or strawberries for a healthy addition.
- Vegetables – If you or your guests are trying to eat low carb, serve with carrot chips, mini bell peppers, or celery sticks. You’ll still get a crunch as you would from crackers, and makes for a perfect appetizer.
- Baked Potato – Skip the sour cream and use this homemade Boursin instead!! You can even use it to make twice-baked potatoes.
- Pasta – You can use leftovers of this cheese on pasta, and it makes a delicious cream sauce.
- Meats – You can also use the leftovers to top a cooked steak. It can also be used to stuff chicken breast for an easy and elegant dinner!
- Smoked Salmon – Add about two ounces of alder smoked salmon to the mix for a very flavorful salmon spread.
- Fresh Chives – To give the recipe a fresh onion flavor, add a 1/8 cup of fresh chopped chives.
- Cheesy – Add more cheese flavor by adding 1 cup of fresh, finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese for a cheesy Boursin cheese appetizer.
This spread can be made and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve remove from the fridge and bring the cheese to room temperature. If you add fresh garlic or fresh herbs, this will only keep for five days.
In addition to parsley, you can add tablespoon of one of these fresh herbs: dill weed, thyme, or basil.
Yes, whipped cream cheese will make the dip softer, making it even easier to spread on crackers.
Boursin Cheese Recipe
- 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened) can use whipped cream cheese
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley finely chopped or one tsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or 2 fresh garlic cloves finely minced)
- 3 Tbsp. parmesan cheese freshly grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl whip the cream cheese until light in texture with an electric mixer on medium speed.
- Add in butter and blend until smooth.
- Next, add the parmesan cheese and spices and mix until evenly combined, using a silicone spatula to scrape down the bowl as needed.
- Transfer the Boursin to a small bowl lined with saran wrap. Refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes to mold the shape of the cheese if desired. Unwrap cheese and invert it onto a serving plate. If desired use the tines of a fork to create a line pattern around the cheese for a pretty presentation!
- Serve with your favorite crackers, fruit, and baguette slices if desired.
- If you need to refrigerate longer than 15 minutes. Just let the spread come to room temperature before serving, for about a half hour.
- This spread can be made and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve remove from the refrigerator and bring the cheese to room temperature. If you add fresh garlic, or fresh herbs this will only keep for 5 days.
- If you want to use other herbs you can add a tablespoon of one of these fresh herbs: dill weed, chives, thyme or basil.
- Other mix-ins you can add are finely shredded sharp cheese, Alderwood smoked salmon, or caramelized onions.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.