French Fridays with Dorie: Lyonnaise garlic and herb cheese

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – Lyonnaise Garlic and Herb Cheese – aka Boursin’s mama – (p 20) was one I had been looking forward to. I love Boursin so the idea of making my own was pretty darned appealing.  This version – cervelle de canut (or silk weavers’ brains) is part dip, part spread, part dressing consistency and frankly, I found it a little confused/ confusing. This is perhaps in part due to the fact that I made it on very very little sleep right after returning from Bangkok and needed something a little more substantial to eat – like Boursin on toast. This was more dippy, less spready. And against my better judgement, didn’t contain enough garlic – just 1 clove for 2 cups of ricotta.  Needed more.

Even though I drained the ricotta, it was still fairly runny – so definitely not Boursin texture. Boo for that. Nice enough. Just not enough “wow factor”. No matter. In just over a month I will be in France where Boursin abounds. It’s all good.

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27 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Lyonnaise garlic and herb cheese

  1. Belinda @zomppa May 25, 2012 at 06:34 #

    I can think of so many ways to enjoy this!

  2. Liz May 25, 2012 at 07:10 #

    I bet this would taste better in a Paris cafe! I wish we could have had the chance to sample it together!

  3. Cher May 25, 2012 at 08:18 #

    I liked this, but I changed up the herbs and definitely added more garlic (and probably changed a couple of other things as well).
    It looks lovely – and I love that knife!

  4. The Mistress of Spices May 25, 2012 at 10:39 #

    I miss Boursin! Have lots of it for me when you’re in France (fines herbes and poivre are my favorites)!

  5. Paula May 25, 2012 at 12:29 #

    I would definitely add more garlic but it looks like a lovely appetizer item.

  6. Nana May 25, 2012 at 15:52 #

    Just thinking about eating cheese in France makes me happy. Tricia and I had more fun just
    ordering cafe creme and croque monsieurs. (I think I spelled that wrong) I never found an area that could make that sandwich so many different ways. Each better than the other. Your cheese spread looks good,
    and quite delicious.

  7. Heather @ French Press May 25, 2012 at 17:00 #

    everything tastes better in Paris!

  8. Alice May 25, 2012 at 17:29 #

    Thats funny, the ricotta that I get here hardly has any extra moisture in it… I bet if you had strained it a bit more the texture would have been better. I wound up adding more and more of each ingredient to get the flavors to really bring something to the recipe., it was too bland as written.

  9. Mary Hirsch May 25, 2012 at 18:47 #

    Mardi, It’s not you or lack of sleep, this herb cheese lacked something or somethings. “Wow”, it wasn’t. I intend to tinker with this because I think it would be a great base on sandwiches of all kinds as well as being used for what it’s intended. I have never been to Thailand – that must have been some experience. But Paris, Foodie Tour, get rested for it. I am envious.

  10. Adriana May 25, 2012 at 20:29 #

    My ricotta barely drained any liquid, even after over eight hours in the fridge. I grated the shallot into the cheese, squeezing as much oniony liquid as I could into the cheese for flavor. This was nice, although if there is a next time, I would use it as a pizza topping or as part of another dish. I hope you feel rested soon enough.

  11. Pauline May 27, 2012 at 16:13 #

    Never thought of making it, now very tempted. Did it cure your jet lag tho’?

  12. Betsy May 27, 2012 at 20:16 #

    I’ve made this twice now. Lots of salt helped boost the flavors, but as much as liked it, I’m thinking I like Boursin better.

  13. My Traveling Troop May 27, 2012 at 23:28 #

    Well, the photos are lovely and the dip/spread looks like it has potential. Definitely let us know if you try this again!


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