Chive butter spread is so easy, but SO incredibly tasty and addictive. You'll be looking for any excuse to serve it. Slather it on gluten free bread or dollop on steaks or chicken for the ultimate meal!
I used to have a standing lunch date with an old friend of mine. We'd always go to this Italian chain restaurant that for the life of me I can't remember the name of. Whatever it was, we loved that place and they'd always serve bread with this AMAZING whipped butter stuff that was good, I could have eaten it with a spoon.
When my friend and I lost touch, I never went back to that restaurant, but never forgot the spread and had to try to recreate it. I made it for my family after finally getting it right, and they were so in love with it, they asked for it every time we had anything with bread. My cousin was creating a family cookbook shortly thereafter and I submitted the recipe for this spread. Not knowing what to name it, I just called it Kim's Spread for Bread. I've since changed it to Chive Butter Spread, but my family will forever know it as "THE Spread." Because it requires no other description for those who know how good it is!
The Ingredients Needed to Make Easy Incredible Chive Butter Spread
There are only four simple ingredients needed to make chive butter spread. Two are already in the title (chives and butter). The other two are cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. When I first developed this recipe, I tried it with just butter and all it did was melt right into the warm bread. So I added cream cheese and it was a total game changer. The spread was still perfectly melty, but not so much that it would melt right into the bread. The texture was perfect!
Adding the Parmesan was a no brainer as the chive spread needed some more cheesy flavor, but only the subtle nutty flavors of real Parmigiano Reggiano would work. Freshly grated into the butter spread, Parmesan adds that extra little bit of cheesy, salty bite that makes this chive butter spread so irresistible. Finish it with a good healthy dose of freshly cracked black pepper.
Chive Butter Spread FAQs
what can this spread be used for?
Our favorite way to serve this spread is on bread. There is nothing like a thick schmear of chive butter spread on a hunk of crusty bread, such as my Artisan Bread or Sourdough. Although my favorite way to serve this spread is on my Italian Bread (it's my favorite and it's so easy to make). You can also dollop a spoonful on top of just grilled steaks or chicken.
How Long Does it Last?
This recipe makes a lot of spread so you'll probably have leftovers. You can keep it in a lidded jar or container for up to a week in the refrigerator. I would not suggest freezing it because it will lose its creaminess due to the cream cheese.
Chive butter spread is so easy, but SO incredibly tasty and addictive. You'll be looking for an excuse to serve it. However you choose to serve it, everyone will be asking for the recipe 🙂
Easy Incredible Chive Butter Spread
- 8 oz (226 g) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup (1 stick or 113 g) butter, softened
- ¼-⅓ cup chopped fresh chives
- 2-3 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix the cream cheese and butter in a small bowl using a hand mixer. Add the Parmigiano Reggiano, chives, and salt and pepper and continue mixing until well combined.
- Serve with bread, steaks, or chicken. Spread will keep in a container or jar in the fridge for up to one week.