Shallot and Garlic Cream Cheese Dip

Thanksgiving Appetizer

It’s Tips for Tuesday!

Happy November!  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I love this time of year, from the colorful leaves to the wonderful food.  If you are like me, you are already beginning to dream up that Thanksgiving menu.  All month long, I will be sharing delicious Thanksgiving recipes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with brand new recipes each Thursday.

This week’s tip:  Make a delicious dip to start your Thanksgiving meal!

Since the Thanksgiving meal starts with appetizers, I thought I would start the month off this way too 🙂   This cream cheese dip is incredibly easy to make, which helps when you will be spending your time focused on the main meal and of course, dessert.  This dip can be made in less than 15 minutes.  It is creamy, flavorful, and reminiscent of french onion dip.  It is thick enough to spread, but can hold up to a kettle cooked potato chip!  It is also a great substitute for a cheese ball or spread, and pairs perfectly with Zoale’s crostini It is something different that your guests will love!


Shallot and Garlic Cream Cheese Dip


  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • garlic powder to taste (optional)
  • Dice the shallot and garlic. Heat up the oil on the stove over medium heat. Once heated, add the garlic and shallot, and let cook until the shallots just start to turn translucent and the garlic begins to turn golden. Let it cool slightly.
  • Break up the cream cheese slightly and place in a food processor, with the salt. Add your olive oil, garlic, and shallots, and mix until smooth. Taste and add additional salt and/or garlic powder if desired. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Notes

    #1 Make 1 to 2 days ahead when entertaining. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Give it a quick stir before serving.

    #2 Serve with Zoale’s crostini, kettle cooked chips, crackers, or even bagels.

    #3 Mix leftovers with vegetables and make a veggie cream cheese for your bread or bagel.

    14 Responses to“Shallot and Garlic Cream Cheese Dip”

    1. 11/03/2015 at 1:09 pm #

      I love this dip and am so happy that you will be sharing all kinds of yummy things in the coming weeks! Thanks and yumm

        11/03/2015 at 1:27 pm #

        Thanks Lynn 🙂 You are very sweet!

        • 11/03/2015 at 1:38 pm #

          I love dip yumm and look forward to your recipes especially biscuits ha ha

          11/03/2015 at 2:05 pm #

          Me too! I could live off dips 😉 I need to come up with a holiday biscuit recipe…lol!

        • 11/03/2015 at 2:07 pm #

          oh yummm! I will be waiting Antonia!

          11/03/2015 at 2:11 pm #


    2. 11/03/2015 at 1:59 pm #

      I love onion and garlic flavours..I should try this.. Looks inviting

        11/03/2015 at 2:05 pm #

        Thanks Vidya! I hope you get a chance to try it 🙂

    3. 11/05/2015 at 5:00 am #

      This is such a flavorful and yummy dip dear!

        11/05/2015 at 7:56 am #

        Thanks Kushi!

    4. 11/07/2015 at 8:16 am #

      Indeed I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away! It is one of my most favorite holidays especially for the food involved! This dip looks delicious and easy to make:) I like your photo with the perspective of the bowl and the geometric table cloth!

        11/07/2015 at 5:32 pm #

        I know, it’s crazy! Thanksgiving is one of my favorites too 🙂 The food is great and I love looking forward to family members’ signature dishes. The dip really is super simple to make and I love making it on special occasions. I just love mixing garlic and shallots! Thank you so much for your kind words about my photo. I really wasn’t sure if you could see the dip, but I liked that table cloth

        • 11/08/2015 at 5:41 pm #

          I can’t wait for Thanksgiving! I love this holiday so much … And the photo worked perfectly!

          11/09/2015 at 5:07 pm #

          Thank you Lia 🙂 Only a little over 2 weeks away…yay!

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