This delicious Boursin cheese recipe is a homemade version of the popular brand name you’ll find on store shelves and at almost any dinner party’s appetizer table. If you don’t know Boursin cheese when you hear the name, you’ll certainly know this herby cheese when you see it.
It has a soft and creamy texture and a look that’s just as distinctive as its taste thanks to a savory blend of herbs and spices. It's a quick and easy gluten-free appetizer that will still please any crowd.
The creamy cheese spreads easily on crackers or crostini, and tastes great as a vegetable dip, making it the perfect appetizer. Although it serves up a variety of flavors, it’s also mild enough to serve as a base. Add this Boursin cheese to other appetizers, pasta dishes, or chicken recipes the whole family will enjoy.
Why this Boursin Cheese Recipe Works
It’s versatile: Use it as a spread or a dip, and is a great addition to many dishes, from appetizers to entrees.
Simple prep & cleanup: Make this recipe in three easy steps: drop in, blend, and enjoy. And you only have to dirty your mixer.
Easy to make ahead: Boursin cheese stores well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, so prep it in advance for easy entertaining.
It yields a large serving: This recipe will provide plenty for all of your guests list to enjoy – which is good because everyone will want in on it. It’s one of those appetizers you’re hoping to have leftovers of, so you can enjoy it again the next day as a veggie dip.
Ingredients You Need
Here are the simple ingredients for this Boursin cheese recipe. Most are pantry staples and easy (and affordable) to find in grocery stores. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.
- Cream cheese: The cream cheese adds a mild, tangy flavor that mellows out the garlic and herbs. It also provides a creamy base to help bind the ingredients together.
- Unsalted butter: The butter gives the cheese that slightly crumbled texture it’s known for. If you choose to use salted butter, just omit the kosher salt from the recipe.
- Spices and herbs: Garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper, dried parsley, dried basil, dried dill, marjoram, and dried thyme all are blended together to give the Boursin cheese its distinct, savory profile.
How to Make Boursin Cheese
The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through the steps with some photos so you have a clear idea of what to expect. This Boursin cheese recipe is really easy and these step-by-step instructions will make sure it turns out every time.
Video: Watch How to Make Homemade Boursin Cheese
Prep: Allow the butter and cream cheese to sit out on the counter for 30-40 minutes to soften. If you cut the butter and cream cheese up into chunks, it’ll help speed the process. Once they're soft add them to a large bowl.
Blend: Use either a hand mixer with a stand-alone bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed for 1-2 minutes, until combined and slightly fluffy.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add in the remaining ingredients: all of the herbs and spices. Blend again for 1 minute until all of the herbs and spices are evenly distributed. Continue scraping the spread down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Serve: Transfer the Boursin cheese to a serving bowl and serve right away at room temperature with crackers, chips, or veggies. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. Allow the dip to warm slightly before serving to soften or use it immediately in your favorite recipes like Boursin chicken or Boursin cheese pasta.
Boursin cheese is a versatile cheese that can be used as a spread on crackers or bread, as a dip for vegetables or fruit, or as a topping for salads or pasta dishes.
Boursin cheese is similar in texture to cream cheese but is not exactly the same thing. While cream cheese is made from a mixture of cream and milk, Boursin cheese is typically made from a mixture of cream, garlic, herbs, and other flavorings.
Boursin cheese has a softer texture and a more distinct flavor than cream cheese. So, while they are both spreadable cheeses, Boursin cheese is not technically considered cream cheese.
You make authentic Boursin from Gournay cheese, which is similar to cream cheese, but crumblier. You can achieve the same soft, crumbly, spreadable texture by mixing cream cheese and butter.
We also tested this recipe with Kite Hill dairy-free cream cheese and it was delicious. If you’re looking for a vegan variation, we tested this with Myokos vegan butter as well and the result was just as rich and creamy.
What to Serve with This Boursin Cheese Recipe
- Crackers or bread: Boursin cheese is a great spread for favorite crackers or bread. It goes well with everything from plain crackers to crusty French bread. This is personally, my favorite way to eat it.
- Veggies: It pairs well with raw or roasted vegetables, such as grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, or mini peppers. (Learn how to cut a bell pepper in multiple different ways.)
- Fruit: Pair it with fresh fruit, such as grapes, apples, or pears, for a sweet and savory snack.
- Charcuterie: Boursin cheese can be a delicious addition to a cheese board. It pairs well with cured meats like a salty prosciutto, salami, or ham. Serve it up with a chilled glass of white wine.
- Pasta dish: Use it as a sauce for a Boursin cheese pasta recipe. Just mix it with a cup of pasta water or chicken broth to create a creamy sauce, and add some sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onion, fresh garlic, your favorite veggies, or a protein like chicken breasts. Top it off with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes, and serve it next to some blanched green beans.
- Salad: Mix it with some olive oil and vinegar, and drizzle it over your favorite greens.
Freezing and Storing Tips
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. Allow the dip to warm slightly before serving to soften.
Boursin keeps well in the freezer for between 3 and 6 months and should be defrosted in the fridge overnight. Just know that the texture may become slightly softer after freezing. The flavor will not be affected, though.
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More Easy Appetizer Dip Recipes
If you’re looking for inspiration for other easy dip appetizers, try this delicious easy caprese dip, healthy spinach artichoke dip, sweet potato hummus, easy healthy guacamole, or buffalo cauliflower dip.
Boursin Cheese Recipe
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese softened to room temperature (Note 1)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened to room temperature (Note 2)
- 1 ¼ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon EACH: dried basil, dried dill, marjoram, dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Large bowl
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Add the softened cream cheese and butter to a large bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed for 1-2 minutes, until combined and slightly fluffy.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and all of the spices. Blend again for 1 minute until they’re evenly distributed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Transfer the boursin cheese to a serving bowl and serve right away at room temperature with crackers, chips, or veggies. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. Allow the dip to warm slightly before serving to soften or use it immediately in your favorite recipes like boursin chicken or boursin cheese pasta.