Homemade Garlic & Herb Boursin

In our experience, snacking is the natural accompaniment to binge TV watching. With new seasons of Game of Thrones and House of Cards out this month, we are in prime snacking mode. This weekend, we made a homemade version of the addictive (but expensive) Boursin cheese we sometimes buy at the grocery. Boursin was created by Francois Boursin in Normandy, and is a soft fresh Garnay cheese with flavorful additions. Our version uses a combination of goat cheese and cream cheese to achieve a creamy, tangy texture, and is liberally studded with fresh herbs, garlic and lemon zest. We devoured our Homemade Garlic & Herb Boursin on sourdough bread with crunchy watermelon radishes from our CSA, and when we ran out of bread, made up a batch of crackers so we could keep snacking.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Bread, sliced thin and toasted (optional)
  • 2 radishes, thinly slices (optional topping)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mixer or food processor and mix until ingredients are evenly distributed.  Cover and refrigerate until use.
  2. Serve on toasts with thin slices of radishes or cucumbers with a sprinkle of herbs.

Uses: in pasta sauce, with steak, on bagels, with bread or crackers, in a sandwich, with scrambled eggs or in an omelet.