This savory cheese spread is the ultimate summer spread for crackers or dip with crunchy garden vegetables. Combine three types of basil for a depth of flavor and color.
2 cloves garlic, peeled
4 leaves Sweet Genovese basil
4 leaves Pistou basil
4 leaves Round Midnight basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
One 8-ounce package cream cheese
1. With the back of a knife, smash the garlic to release the oils. Place the garlic in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
2. Stack the basil leaves and finely chiffonade. Add all the herbs to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped, about 30 seconds.
2. Drop in the cream cheese and pulse until well blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
3. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with simple crackers or thinly sliced grilled French bread. Garnish with nasturtium flowers.