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Garlic and Herb Cheese Appetizer (with Boursin)

Looking for an easy holiday appetizer? This easy garlic and cheese appetizer made with Boursin cheese is absolutely delicious and ready in minutes! Serve with your favorite crackers or crostini!

garlic and herb cheese appetizer

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My friends and I love coming up with new ways to use our favorite Boursin cheese, the garlic and herb variety (although we love trying their new flavors too).

We *LOVE* Boursin served on its own with crackers, but I wanted to find a way to dress it up a bit for the holidays. So consider this recipe to be “Dressed Up Boursin” that will dazzle for your holiday parties, and it’s ready in just 5 minutes!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Boursin Cheese (Garlic & Herb)
  • Fresh Herbs (Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Parmesan Cheese (shredded, grated or shaved)
  • Lemon Zest
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper
garlic and herb cheese appetizer with boursin

You can barely call this garlic and herb cheese appetizer a “recipe” because it’s just truly dressing up Boursin cheese bought directly from your local grocery store. That’s what makes it the perfect appetizer! It’s ready in 5 minutes and the extra pizzazz will wow your party guest!

What is Boursin Cheese?

Boursin cheese is a combination of Gournay Cheese and tasty herbs and spices into a store-bought soft cheese round in a variety of flavors. The flavor and texture is quite similar to cream cheese. It was first created in 1957 by François Boursin, a cheese maker in Normandy.

You can often find Boursin cheese near other cheese in the supermarket produce section. I love all the varieties, especially the garlic and herb!

garlic and herb boursin cheese appetizer

SMOOTH & CREAMY: I wanted to make sure my Boursin appetiezr was extra smooth and easy to spread on crackers and crostini so the sour cream is KEY!

Make sure you allow the Boursin to soften (pull out of the refrigerator about 10 minutes before making) and stir together well with the sour cream. That’s the hardest part about this easy appetizer.

Garlic and Herb Cheese Appetizer Toppings

It’s all about the toppings on the Boursin! You can absolutely customize this to your flavor preferences, below are my suggestions.

  • Parmesan Cheese (shaved, shredded or grated all work well!)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Red Pepper Flakes (or chili flakes)
  • Lemon Zest
  • Chopped Nuts (like walnuts, pistachios, almonds or pecans) – toasted!
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper


  • A drizzle of hot honey
  • A drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Prosciutto
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Crispy Bacon Crumbles
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Fresh Chives
garlic and herb cheese boursin appetizer

What to Serve with this Easy Garlic and Herb Cheese Appetizer

  • Crackers
  • Crostini (made from toasted baguette slices)
  • Toast Points
  • Pita Chips
  • Veggie Slices (bell pepper strips, celery sticks, cucumber slices, carrots)

Leftovers? You can even use leftovers of this garlic and herb cheese appetizer as a spread on wraps or sandwiches! Just store leftovers wrapped tightly or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

More Party Appetizers to Try:

This garlic and herb cheese appetizer made with Boursin is truly the easiest holiday appetizer to enjoy this season! I hope you and your family love it as much as mine does, and if you DO make it, be sure to leave me a comment! Find me on social media @bestappetizers

garlic and herb cheese appetizer

Garlic and Herb Cheese Appetizer

Author: Courtney
A creamy herb and cheese appetizer made with Boursin cheese served with crackers and crostini and ready in 5 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 74 kcal


  • 2 (5.2 ounce) Boursin Rounds (Garlic and Herb)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley) (chopped)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (or chili flakes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans, almonds, pistachios)
  • 1 pinch course sea salt
  • 1 pinch course ground black pepper


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the Boursin Garlic and Herb Cheese with sour cream. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well blended.
  • Transfer the creamy Boursin and sour cream mixture to the bottom of a serving dish, creating an even layer.
  • Gently drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the Boursin.
  • Evenly sprinkle the chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, and chives) and chopped walnuts (or your choice of nuts like pecans, etc) over the cheese.
  • Sprinkle on red pepper flakes, lemon zest and parmesan cheese.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, adjusting for preference.
  • Serve with crostini, crackers, crudites, etc.
Keyword boursin, garlic and herb cheese appetizer
Calories: 74kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 11mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 163IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.2mg
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