This creamy favorite is easy to make. Your guests will love the snappy flavor.
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1-1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch garlic powder, or 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
Pinch dried onion flakes (optional)
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, or 1 teaspoon fresh chopped
Pinch dried basil
In a small bowl, using a wooden spoon, blend cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in the pepper, garlic, onion, parsley, and basil. To mold, line a 1/2 cup bowl or mold with plastic wrap. Pack mixture into bowl, tamping it down to fill any air spaces. Cover and refrigerate about two hours. Turn out on plate and serve with plain crackers.