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Homemade Herb Cheese

  • Yield: About 3/4 cup


  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped tarragon leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper


  • Place the ricotta in a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl. Press down with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Refrigerate until well drained, about 2 hours. Place in a food processor and process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to blend, being careful not to over process.
  • Transfer to a piece of plastic and shape into a log. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. (Alternately, spoon the cheese into a small decorative bowl, smoothing the top, to serve as a dip.) The cheese will keep, refrigerated, for up to 5 days.