A creamy buffalo cheese spread made with cream cheese, hot sauce, and sour cream. It’s the perfect spicy spread for crackers and vegetables.
I don’t know about you guys and gals, but I love dips and spreads. The cheesier, the better is my motto. For today, I decided to re-write this post from 2017. Mainly, because Kim just wrapped a video for it and we figured, if we’re adding a video, might as well update the writing. When the cheese spread recipe first went out, it wasn’t bad, just a little low on the SEO grading scale. Since, both Kim and I have improved in our respective departments, it just makes sense to bring this one up to par.
Now, getting back to the dip, most of us at some point in our lives have asked,”how is cheese spread made?” It’s actually quite simple. In fact, most bloggers, companies, and home cooks use similar recipes to create soft, spreadable cheeses. Cream cheese is the obvious choice, because, once it softens a little, it creates a creamy texture. As far as I know, it’s one of the few cheeses, in the U.S., that can spread easily over just about anything.
When combined with the right seasonings, you can take boring cream cheese and turn it into a cheese dip. Whether you decide to make savory or sweet, is up to you. Personally, I enjoy both varieties equally. For an example of a sweet cream cheese based dip, check out our turtle cheesecake dip. Well, there’s not much more I can say about these yummy offerings. How about we get started?
Cheese Spread Instructions:
As I said earlier, it’s an easy appetizer to make and only takes a couple of steps. First, remove the cream cheese from your refrigerator at least an hour before you begin the recipe. It should be reasonably soft; otherwise, your spread will have beads of unmixed cheese.
Next, in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, hot sauce, sour cream, vinegar, salt, pepper, dill, garlic and onion powders. Make sure to start on a low speed, then increase it to medium as the cheese spread blends. Try for a smooth and velvety texture.
Last, transfer the cheese spread from the mixing bowl to serving dish. The dip can be made in advance, so feel free to move it to a sealed container. It can be stored in your fridge for up to 3-days. That’s it, you’re all done. As far dipping items are concerned, you can try crackers, veggie straws, or even fresh vegetables.
Cheese Spread Tips:
- If you don’t care for a buffalo flavor, then you can change up the mix slightly. How about spicy ranch dressing flavor? Simply, use the seasonings (just the spices, not the liquid) from that recipe and combine it with the cream cheese base. Voila, you have a spicy ranch cheese spread. For a cheddar spread, add a little cheddar cheese sauce to a cream cheese base, etc. You get the idea.
- Oops, you forgot to pull the cream cheese, no worries. You have two options to help warm it up a little. On warm day, just open your blinds or curtains and put it on the window sill for a little while. Also, if you have a space heater handy, turn it on low and put the cream cheese in front of it.
- For a pretty presentation, try putting the cheese spread into a bread bowl and surround it with colorful fresh vegetables.
- Given this is a buffalo recipe, I’m going to go out a limb here and say, I am willing to bet there are some male readers on this post. This tip is just for you. If you’re a single male looking for a mate, then learn to cook. I can tell you from personal experience, a man who can cook is very desirable because it’s a dying art. I would venture to say it’s just as important as the clothes you wear and car you drive.
- My final tip is this, always remember that once you learn the base ingredients to most recipes, modifying it to your tastes becomes much easier. Furthermore, it makes you an adaptable cook and helps to build an essential life skill.
Looking for other great appetizers? You may like one of these!
Creamy Buffalo Cheese Spread
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
- 2 Tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Distilled White Vinegar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon Dill (preferably fresh)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- To begin, remove the cream cheese from your refrigerator at least an hour before you start so that the cheese will soften.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine all the listed ingredients and blended until thoroughly mixed.
- Transfer the cheese spread into a sealed container or serving dish and refrigerate for one hour before serving.