For those of you who aren’t sure what Boursin is, it’s a fancy soft French cheese that comes in several flavors (such as Pepper, Shallot & Chive, Garlic & Roasted Red Pepper, and my personal favorite, Garlic & Fine Herbs). You can read more about Boursin here.
Boursin is amazing on veggie sandwiches (roasted veggies and Boursin on multigrain bread make a great light summer dinner!)…it’s great just on bread, crackers, and veggies…and, it makes the creamiest mashed cauliflower (or potatoes) you can imagine. I use it to make my husband’s favorite sandwiches (turkey, lettuce, and cheese spread).
As delicious as Boursin is, it’s hard to justify spending upwards of $5 for a meager five ounces of it…so, I now make my own! In addition to cost-saving (8 oz of Neufchatel cheese is only $1.49!), I can put low-fat ingredients into my homemade version.
The best part about making homemade Boursin is that I get to be creative and customize the flavors I make. For example, if I want a sweet cheese for a fruit tray, I might mix dried currants, minced walnuts, and a dash of cinnamon. Or if I want to dress up grilled chicken breasts, I might make a sun-dried tomato and basil spread. If I want a really pretty cheese and cracker tray, I might mix a tablespoon or two of red wine into the spread, form the cheese in a ball, and roll it either in fresh minced parsley or finely chopped pecans. The possibilities are endless.
Homemade Low-Fat Garlic & Herb Boursin-Style Cheese Spread
(Yield: 8 oz)
~4 oz Greek (or Greek-style) yogurt
~4 oz Neufchatel cheese (any kind of cream cheese will do, but I like Neufchatel because it’s got 1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese)
Flavorings (use anything you like, such as herbs, spices, dried fruits, nuts, etc.):
~2 TB fresh minced chives
~½ tsp garlic powder
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour and serve.