Olive Rosemary Cream Cheese Spread

January 13, 2023
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Photo by She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 2 hours
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

This recipe is inspired by the “bread service” at Zaftigs Delicatessen, one of my favorite restaurants in Brookline, MA. Now that I can no longer drop by to have this treat, I had to come up with a similar version that I can whip up when the craving strikes.

I’m guessing that this dish began as a way to used up day-old bagels while providing a little nibble for guests while they wait for their meal. To go alongside the homemade bagel chips, Zaftigs serves an herbed cream cheese. The flavor is subtle, not something that hits your tastebuds hard – a little woodsiness from the rosemary, a faint briny bite from the olives. Nothing in this spread overpowers your tastebuds but it gets you ready for the main meal to come. —She's Almost Always Hungry

What You'll Need
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped black olives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and sour cream until well blended. Add the rosemary, olives, and garlic. Mix well. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Chill for 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Serve with homemade or store-bought bagel chips.

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