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Fried Rosemary and Garlic Dip

Fried Garlic and Rosemary Dip

Course Appetizer
Keyword garlic dip, holiday appetizer, thanksgiving appetizer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Brandon Matzek


  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small sprig of rosemary + 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary, divided
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small saucepan, heat olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Once the cloves start to sizzle, turn the heat to medium-low and cook until the cloves are golden and tender (about 8 mins). Take the pan off the heat, transfer the cloves to a small bowl, then add a small sprig of rosemary to the hot oil. Let it sizzle for 30 seconds, then remove and discard the rosemary. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the infused oil to cool.
  2. Add goat cheese and cream cheese to a food processor, and blitz to combine. Add chopped fried garlic, chopped rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, pulsing to combine. With the motor running, stream in 2 tablespoons of the cooled infused oil. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
  3. To serve, transfer dip to a bowl and top with a little more infused oil and a few rosemary needles. Enjoy with toasted bread and/or crackers.