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Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Dip

I have been on kind of a dip craze lately, probably because I’ve been on a snack craze too. It is just so easy to make a dip, grab some chips or veggies and snack away. Recently, I’ve shared recipes for caramelized french onion dip and ranch dip, and now I share with you this recipe for Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Dip. It’s thick, it’s creamy and loaded with perfectly roasted garlic.

Since this is a dip, I figured that I should resist the temptation to simply eat it with a spoon. So the question was, what should I dip in it? Thick ruffled potato chips were the first thought. The salty crispiness was a nice contrast to the creamy and slightly sweet flavor of roasted garlic, and I would probably serve this dip with chips at a backyard BBQ or potluck dinner. But then I got to thinking about an artichoke that I had in the refrigerator and decided to steam it. The artichoke leaves provided the perfect scooper for this thick dip and the garlic and rosemary nicely complimented the flavor of the artichoke. If I was having a dinner party with a few friends, this would be a perfect appetizer.

Roasted garlic rosemary dip in square red dish.

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Dip

A creamy dip with sweet roasted garlic and rosemary.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Easy Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Servings



  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened, cut into 1 inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary crushed
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut 1/4 inch off the top of the bulb of garlic to expose the cloves beneath, but do not peel the garlic, you want to roast it in the skin. Place clove on a piece of aluminum foil, place butter on top, pour lemon juice over the garlic and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bring up all sides of aluminum foil and twist together to close. Cook for 60 minutes or until garlic cloves are soft and golden in color. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Once the garlic has cooled, use a small fork to remove the garlic cloves from the skins. Place them in a bowl, and mash. Add in cream cheese and mix to combine. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl. Mix well. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator, stir. Serve.


Now that I think about it this would also make a nice dip for crackers or even baguette slices. I'll have to do a test at my next dinner party. I'll put out all the dipping options I can think of and see what does the best. Enjoy!
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Keywords: 4th of July Recipes, appetizer, Dip, dried rosemary, fresh rosemary, garlic, mayonnaise, roasted garlic, rosemary, snack, sour cream

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    September 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I was searching the web for a rosemary dip of some sort to serve with my sweet potato chips. I usually roast the sweet potatos thinly sliced with fresh crushed rosemary–this will save me the step, and the garlic seems like a great compliment too. Sweet potatoes and rosemary are a match made in heaven, so I’m looking forward to trying this!

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    January 24, 2010 at 1:01 am

    How would it be with veggies, like carrots, peppers, etc.?

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      January 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Hi Dianna- I think that it would be lovely with veggies.

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    September 11, 2009 at 9:58 am

    i don’t know how many people are like me, but i hate mayonnaise. it routinely ruins dips for me. can you make this without the mayo? perhaps add some yogurt instead, or just more sour cream? i love roasted garlic & rosemary together, so if i could make this without mayo, i’d be set! :)

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      September 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Hey Jamie, I think if you did a mixture of yogurt and more sour cream it would be a good substitute for the mayo :)

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    sweet tooth
    September 3, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Looks great! I am going to try it out

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    August 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    looks divine!!!

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    August 23, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I love Rosemary and I love Garlic ! I can’t wait to try this

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    August 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you Michelle!
    Cassie-Well I won’t lie, I did take a couple of bites with a spoon under the guise of taste testing :)
    Neeta- Thank you so much for your nice comments! I am glad that you enjoy the site and recipes. I am also happy to hear that you find the recipes easy to follow. I really try to work on that because to me there is nothing more frustrating than a confusing recipe.
    I hope you enjoy it Liesl!
    Cookie- that is a WONDERFUL idea. I will have to try that next time. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    August 21, 2009 at 10:27 am

    What a simple and beautiful dip! How about adding a lil bit of bacon to it?

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    August 21, 2009 at 8:19 am

    This sounds like a great dip! I may have to try this at my next get together!

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    August 21, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I have not tried this recipe…yet but wanted to drop a line and tell you how much I have enjoyed your site & all your recipes. I always receive rave reviews when I make something from your site and take it to a gathering. I was lucky enough to stumble upon your site when I saw a flicker photo on the Serious Eats website. Your recipes are simple, down to earth, easy to follow and extra tastey!!

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    August 21, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Oh yeah this looks good. Are you sure we should not eat it with a spoon?

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    August 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Oh, this looks beautiful. Nice and creamy and I’d have to agree that my dipper of choice would be something salty.

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