I grew up in the 70’s and holidays always included small slices of pumpernickel bread with a big bowl of boursin cheese. Creamy, light and flavorful it was my favorite holiday food. I of course had no idea as to the cost of my favorite treat, I simply knew I loved it. When I moved out of my parents home, I wanted to still have my boursin cheese, but I found it was way out of my league price wise. I was quite unhappy.
Fast forward years later to the nineties and the internet. I began to search for the ingredients of the cheese so I could make it myself. My mother happily helped and here is what we have come up with as our at home replacement for a wonderful cheese spread.
4 oz stick of butter
8 oz block of cream cheese
1 clove garlic
dash of salt
dash of pepper
1 tsp herbs de provence
Put butter and cream cheese into a bowl and allow to come to room temperature. Finely dice the shallot and the single clove of garlic, add to bowl. Crush the herbs to provence in your hand and add to the bowl along with the salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients until smooth and well blended.
Put back into the refrigerator to chill.
Get some pumpernickel or rye bread squares and enjoy!