ffwD: Lyonnaise Garlic & Herb Cheese

I made this week’s assignment at the same time we were assigned to make Dorie’s Provençal olive fougasse. I thought my mother and nieces would help me eat the bread and dip, but my nieces were having none of either. My mother on the other hand said she enjoyed the cheese (as any good mother would say to her child’s face), but she also said it needed a little something more, hmm, savory perhaps? Like something with a little more kick? She couldn’t quite put her finger on it but kept thoughtfully eating and examining bites of the stuff till she was distracted by HGTv’s “House Hunters”. Personally, I think this would have been a bit tastier had some cream cheese or Gruyere been added for texture and more flavor.

To see how others fared with this Lyonnaise garlic & herb cheese, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


63 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TrafficDiva
    May 25, 2012 @ 05:55:29

    Doesn’t seem like you enjoyed this as much as the others. Nevertheless, good bread with dip is always a crowd please-r…just have to make sure it’s not the 3-4yr old crowd…haha! You could also try other herbs as well to it..like some dill or rosemary. I guess what I’m saying is…I WOULD EAT IT! =)


  2. Anita Menon
    May 25, 2012 @ 05:58:23

    sounds exotic! very yum

  3. Choc Chip Uru
    May 25, 2012 @ 06:11:06

    Bread and dip which sounds as delicious as this? Cannot go wrong 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. mary
    May 25, 2012 @ 06:14:03

    it looks like it has lots of flavor – but couldn’t stand up to House Hunters! oh well – you can’t win them all :))
    Mary x

  5. hotlyspiced
    May 25, 2012 @ 06:18:03

    That looks like a great dip to me. I wouldn’t complain if you offered it to me! xx

  6. chefconnie
    May 25, 2012 @ 06:26:31

    I am a dip lover so even a mediocre did makes me smile.

  7. Inger Wilkerson
    May 25, 2012 @ 06:26:59

    I know just the (frustrating) feeling when someone is tasting your recipe and saying, “hmmm, needs a little something.”

  8. Cher
    May 25, 2012 @ 07:20:32

    Sorry this wasn’t a hit 😦
    We really enjoyed it, but I did change a few things up to suit our flavor preferences.
    It looks pretty sitting in the serving dish.

  9. Paula@Vintage Kitchen notes
    May 25, 2012 @ 07:39:21

    I agree that it was good but it needed a little extra kick. I bet it was great with the fougasse though!

  10. Mary Hirsch
    May 25, 2012 @ 07:46:47

    You are absolutely right. We needed Emeril. This spread definitely needed to be taken up a notch or two. More herbs? A little creamier? Definitely more salt. Maybe the fromage blanc is just different in everyway from the store-bought ricotta which was produced and packaged who knows when. I will make this again but tinker with it. And, I will be interested in the comments of others. The fougassee looked pretty with it. Nice presentations.

  11. Parsley Sage
    May 25, 2012 @ 08:04:53

    Is it sweet then? Hmmm…kind of weird. At least you gave it a go and I bet NEXT time you’ll whip up the perfect combination 🙂

  12. Ei
    May 25, 2012 @ 08:25:23

    There isn’t a dish in the world that can’t be improved by more cheese. Sorry this wasn’t a hit for you. I added extra garlic, which made it QUITE garlicky. Maybe that would have helped?

  13. atasteofmadess
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:19:21

    This looks delicious! Haha, I probably would have added the cream cheese, because I end up putting that in everything (I don’t know why, it just happens)

  14. Holly
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:48:30

    It looks delish. Sorry it didnt turn out for you. I hate it when that happens.

  15. Food,Photography & France
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:53:40

    Cool overhead shot:)

  16. FiSh SzeHui
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:56:20

    i didnt try this before. it looks like less cheesy than before, but more aromatic of course

    @ ohfishiee.blogspot.com

  17. Norma Chang
    May 25, 2012 @ 10:00:34

    It would probably be great with a good tasty crackers.

  18. Diane Balch (@DianeBalch)
    May 25, 2012 @ 10:25:43

    I made it with sour cream and goat cheese too it was much more flavorful.

  19. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    May 25, 2012 @ 10:55:45

    I loved it, but I don’t think I’d mind it with a little more kick, too. I’m definitely making it again… with a few changes here and there. 🙂

  20. kitchen flavours
    May 25, 2012 @ 10:59:05

    Looks like you are not the only one who are not keen on this. It looks good though!

  21. Heather
    May 25, 2012 @ 11:35:30

    bread and cheese – it’s all good:)

  22. oneexpatslife
    May 25, 2012 @ 12:51:53

    From what I’ve seen, you and your mom were not the only ones in the ”needed something more” camp. Oh well, can’t love them all. I really enjoyed this one, but my cheese was frankly pretty tasty even before I added the herbs, so maybe my cheese just had more oompf.

  23. Kathy
    May 25, 2012 @ 12:55:36

    I’m sure your fougasse was a wonderful accompaniment to this cheese! Sorry it wasn’t a hit with you! I really liked the texture and taste of this. Have a nice Memorial Day!

  24. Robin
    May 25, 2012 @ 15:27:06

    I had good intentions of making the fougasse to go with this, but it just didn’t happen. I didn’t find the dip overly exciting either, a bit bland.

  25. Alice
    May 25, 2012 @ 15:45:58

    I wound up just adding more and more of all the ingredients until the flavors all really came through, otherwise it was just too bland for us. Did it taste good with the olive bread?

  26. Simply Life
    May 25, 2012 @ 18:08:46

    oooh I love your idea of adding gruyere- I’m convinced that makes everything better 🙂

  27. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    May 25, 2012 @ 18:44:03

    I see this recipe more as an ingredient for some other food… I really liked it on salad and would love to try it on pizza. Mother sure knows best!

  28. Ronda
    May 25, 2012 @ 19:07:39

    Oh, I can see this with cream cheese or sour cream.

  29. betsy
    May 25, 2012 @ 20:24:32

    Sorry this wasn’t your favorite, but spreading it on the olive-y fougasse should help. I thought that this one needed a lot of extra salt to pull the flavors together.

  30. Elaine
    May 25, 2012 @ 23:01:56

    It looks pretty. I’m sorry you didn’t like this one, but I am not a bit surprised that your nieces didn’t go for it. 😉

  31. JasmyneTea
    May 25, 2012 @ 23:37:17

    It looks lovely! I hate when a recipe doesn’t turn out to be what I expect, but I guess you gotta try, huh?

  32. thekalechronicles
    May 26, 2012 @ 00:22:05

    It’s hard to imagine a garlic and herb-flavored cheese without enough flavor, especially if you are not stingy with the garlic.

  33. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    May 26, 2012 @ 01:06:43

    I like the idea of cream cheese or sour cream and maybe a bit of a kick but frankly, I’d be happy with it just as it is. 🙂

  34. machisan
    May 26, 2012 @ 02:35:26

    yum. SO TEMPTING. Nom nom.

  35. Trix
    May 26, 2012 @ 08:09:09

    Seems as if everyone was a bit underwhelmed by this one. Hmm – maybe more garlic? Always good I say!

  36. Erin E
    May 26, 2012 @ 08:30:50

    Great idea to eat it with the bread! I think adding cream cheese would be very good, add a little more depth of flavor.

  37. Cakelaw
    May 26, 2012 @ 08:37:10

    I am with you on this one – it was ok, but lacked kick.

  38. mireia
    May 26, 2012 @ 09:42:41

    What a shame you didn’t completely love it, it still looks delicious!!!

  39. Krissy
    May 26, 2012 @ 10:17:08

    Yep, definitely needed something. I added a few things and thought it still needed more. I’m with you, I needed to begin with a different cheese. Have a nice weekend.

  40. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    May 26, 2012 @ 10:43:09

    Well, it looks good. The presentation looks great too, esp. the bread!

  41. dulceshome
    May 26, 2012 @ 13:20:41

    your recipes look great!!!
    I probably used a lot more herbs than the recipe calls for. I think it would be good with the bread (though I love that bread “as-is” – I’m visiting one of my brothers and his family, we made 2 loaves this morning and I imagine it’s all but gone already). The cheese definitely needed to sit to make the flavors blend – but I also used farmer’s cheese.

  42. Kanan
    May 26, 2012 @ 14:20:57

    really awesome. dip and bread never go wrong.

  43. Ashley@bakerbynature
    May 26, 2012 @ 18:29:43

    Cheese and bread? I’m in!

  44. ceciliag
    May 26, 2012 @ 19:45:25

    great pic though! c

  45. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    May 26, 2012 @ 22:23:29

    I find it so annoying when I bake for by supposed eaters and they don’t eat what I have made. Glad your mom “sort of” liked it. I didn’t make it this week, but keep thinking I should try it for the next summer party.

  46. profiterolesandponytails
    May 26, 2012 @ 22:48:33

    I’ll take bread and dip any day of the week. This sure looks tasty!

  47. sheof108names
    May 27, 2012 @ 01:17:44

    Well, the photo looks tasty!!

  48. Kalyan
    May 27, 2012 @ 02:45:21

    Just delicious…looks so easy to prepare and mouthwatering!

  49. nana
    May 27, 2012 @ 06:10:46

    I think using a tastier cheese would be better. Using it with the provencal
    fougasse was a great idea and looks delicious. Have a great weekend.

  50. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    May 27, 2012 @ 06:53:02

    Amazing recipe and photograph. I would definitely enjoy this!

  51. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    May 27, 2012 @ 07:34:51

    Garlic + Cheese + bread – that’s a winner of a combination I say!

  52. cookingsgoodsSuzi
    May 27, 2012 @ 08:14:51

    Love this and the photo makes you want to dip in with some of that bread. Great job.

  53. Rebecca
    May 27, 2012 @ 10:03:44

    Bet you could perfect it and so excited your getting to go to Bath

  54. Liz
    May 27, 2012 @ 11:59:32

    Yup…I thought it needed some zip, too! Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend~

  55. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 27, 2012 @ 14:48:38

    Well, it does look good. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  56. cooking-varieties (wan)
    May 27, 2012 @ 17:59:59

    hi yummy chunklet, mom’s words are the most reliable, they wont say yes, if it’s a no… and they wiont directly say no either, so as not to disappoint you. ha ha.
    have a nice day

  57. Miriam
    May 27, 2012 @ 23:42:01

    Looks nummy to me 🙂
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  58. Beth
    May 28, 2012 @ 05:23:29

    I always appreciate when people put up their true feelings about a recipe, even when it’s not just positive. It looks great, but the flavor is the important thing!

  59. Audrey Allure
    May 28, 2012 @ 08:20:50

    It certainly looks tasty though! 🙂

  60. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    May 28, 2012 @ 10:28:04

    This would be a fun snack my hubby and I would love! Sounds like it is full of rich flavors, love it! Hugs, Terra

  61. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    May 30, 2012 @ 19:59:18

    NOM NOM NOM is all I can say… everything here looks perfect for me 🙂

  62. Chaya
    May 30, 2012 @ 22:30:24

    Even when you don’t love a recipe, you make it delicious looking for the rest of us. That is a talent.

  63. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 31, 2012 @ 22:45:12

    Spread like this will keep me eating crackers and nice bread… Looks awesome!

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