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Rondele Garlic & Herbs Cheese Spread Recipe
Rondele Garlic and Herbs Cheese Spread
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Dip
Calories: 80
Cook Time: 2 hours
Recipe Rating: 4.5 (2 reviews)
 

The real thing found in the deli section of your market is used on crackers, as a dip for raw vegetables, or even as a spread on sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. Now I've come up with an easy way to duplicate Rondele using a 12-ounce tub of whipped cream cheese -- which means you'll happily get three times the amount of the 4-ounce original! Just be sure when mixing your version that you don't over mix, or you will destroy the fluffiness of the whipped cheese. The Italian seasoning included here is a dried herb blend (usually marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil) found near the other bottled herbs and spices in your market. I used McCormick brand for this clone, but any brand should work fine. Since the herbs are dried, the flavor is more subtle than it would be with fresh herbs, even after the dried bits soak up moisture from the cheese. And that's just want we want for a proper clone.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

Photo by Karen Ury.

one 12-ounce tub Philadelphia whipped cream cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon onion powder

Gently stir the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and onion powder into the whipped cream cheese. Store the spread in your fridge for at least a couple hours. Overnight is even better. Stir once more before serving.

Makes 12 ounces.



        
Trish  
Submitted on: 02/13/08
I too use more spice than is called for, about twice as much. But we really love garlic, and I use roasted garlic so it is a little sweet. Keep meaning to try the pepper, I just never remember until I am serving the spread. I make this for just about every party we throw OR attend, it is always a big hit and the recipe is always requested.
ROCHELLE  
Submitted on: 07/25/05
This was a good recipe, however I felt it needed more of the seasonings for my taste. I also added black pepper since I love the black pepper Boursin cheese spread.