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Roasted Garlic And Herb Dip Recipe With Sour Cream

Indulge in the rich and savoury flavours of our Roasted Garlic and Herb Dip recipe made with sour cream and Mayonnaise. This creamy and aromatic garlicky dip is perfect for garlic lovers, adding a burst of garlic flavour to any snack or appetiser spread. With its smooth texture and simple ingredients, it is sure to become a favourite at your next gathering, game day or cosy night in.

An overhead view of the easy roasted garlic dip in two little bowls.

What Makes This Recipe Great!

  • Maximize Your Garlic Harvest – If you find yourself with an abundance of homegrown garlic, our Roasted Garlic Dip is a great way to put it to good use.
  • Quick and Easy Preparation – With just under 5 minutes of prep time, this easy dip recipe comes together effortlessly, especially if you’ve already roasted a batch of garlic.
  • Make it Ahead for Enhanced Flavour – Planning ahead? Prepare this dip the night before and let the flavours blend together overnight for an even more pronounced taste.

About This Recipe – In More Detail

If you’re looking to put your roasted garlic to good use, as we have with this garlic-flavoured quick bread, this simple recipe is the perfect solution. This savoury dip combines the creamy goodness of sour cream and mayonnaise with a medley of store-cupboard ingredients and fresh herbs, resulting in a flavour-packed garlic and herb dip that pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes.

Don’t be intimidated by the amount of garlic used in this recipe, roasted garlic offers a milder flavour compared to raw garlic, making the end result more palatable and easier to digest. Plus, the roasting process brings out its natural sweetness, adding just the right amount of garlic flavour to this garlic herb dip.

This isn’t your average garlic and herb dip, it is much more special and is sure to become a firm family favourite.


Equipment Needed

  • Oven: You’ll need an oven to roast the garlic bulbs until they become soft and fragrant.
  • Piece of Aluminium Foil: To wrap the garlic bulbs in for roasting. 
  • Baking dish or foil: Use a baking dish or aluminium foil to wrap the garlic bulbs before roasting them. This helps to contain the heat and prevent any mess in the oven.
  • Mixing bowl: A mixing bowl is required to combine and blend the ingredients for the dip, ensuring they are well incorporated.
  • Whisk or spoon: A whisk or spoon will be useful for stirring and mixing the ingredients together, creating a smooth and creamy consistency.
  • Garlic press or fork: You’ll need a garlic press or a fork to extract the roasted garlic cloves from their skins. This allows you to easily incorporate the roasted garlic flavour into the dip.
  • Serving bowl: Transfer the prepared dip into a serving bowl to present it beautifully and make it easily accessible for dipping.

Ingredients

A labelled photo of all the ingredients needed to make roasted garlic and herb dip.
  • Garlic Heads – I use a whole head of garlic in this recipe. Simply follow our instructions to roast your own garlic in the oven and allow them to cool.
  • Sour Cream and Mayonnaise These two ingredients are used to form a creamy base to my dipping sauce. Mix them together for a texture that’s perfect for dipping.
  • Lemon Juice and White Wine Vinegar – I add these ingredients to add a little zing to this recipe. You can also use cider vinegar as a substitute to the white wine vinegar.
  • Fresh Chives and Parsley – I am using fresh herbs in this dip, but you can add in dried herbs if you prefer. Just add a little less since the flavour is more concentrated.
  • Sugar – I like to add a little sweetness to bring out the taste in the garlic, but feel free to omit this from the recipe if you want to make it a little healthier.
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper – I’ve added these for seasoning.

Variations and Substitutions

Variations:

  • Greek Yogurt: Substitute some or all of the sour cream with Greek yogurt for a tangier and creamier texture.
  • Roasted Red Pepper Dip: Blend in roasted red peppers, red pepper flakes or jarred roasted red pepper strips to create a roasted garlic and red pepper dip with a smoky and slightly sweet flavour.
  • Other Herbs: For a flavour variation, try adding in fresh dill, Italian herbs, Oregano or Fresh Basil.
  • Lemon Zest: If you like your dip to have more zing, try adding some finely grated lemon zest and stir through.

Substitutions:

  • Vegan Mayo and Sour Cream: Replace the regular mayonnaise and sour cream with vegan alternatives to make a dairy-free and vegan-friendly version of the dip.
  • Lime Juice: If you don’t have lemon juice on hand, substitute it with lime juice for a similar citrusy element

Step-By-Step Guide – How To Make Roasted Garlic and Herb Dip with Sour Cream

Step 1: Mash roasted garlic (see our post for how to roast garlic in the oven)

  • Begin by mashing the roasted garlic cloves into a paste using a Pestle and Mortar.
Two hands are removing the roasted garlic bulb from foil.
Two hands are mashing the roasted garlic cloves using a pestle and mortar.

Step 2: Combine sour cream and mayonnaise

  • In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and mayonnaise, ensuring there are no lumps.

Step 3: Add lemon juice and vinegar

  • Add the lemon juice and vinegar to the sour cream and mayonnaise mixture. Stir well to combine.

Step 4: Chop fresh herbs

  • Chop the fresh herbs. Then, add the mashed garlic and chopped herbs to the dip. Mix thoroughly to incorporate.

Step 5: Season with salt and pepper

  • Season the dip with salt and pepper to taste.
A hand is stirring the Mayonnaise and Sour Cream together.
A hand is adding the fresh herbs while the other hand continues to stir the roasted garlic dip.

Step 6: Allow flavours to develop

  • Cover the dip and allow it to rest for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavours to develop.

Note: For best results, ensure the roasted garlic cloves are mashed well to achieve a smooth paste. Stir the sour cream and mayonnaise mixture thoroughly to combine them evenly. Use fresh herbs of your choice for added flavour. Adjust the amount of salt and pepper according to your taste preferences. The longer the dip rests, the more intense the flavours will become.

A small blue bowl filled with garlic dip. A small spoon sticks out of it and there is a plate of potato wedges to the left of it.

FAQ

Does garlic dip need to be refrigerated?

Yes, due to the base of sour cream and mayonnaise, garlic dip should be stored in the fridge and used within 3 days.

Is roasted garlic dip gluten free?

Yes, none of the ingredients in our garlic dip contain gluten. However, it’s worth ensuring that the brands you buy are not making their products in a factory that also contains gluten products, if you are not able to tolerate gluten in your diet.

Can I freeze garlic dip?

I don’t recommend that you freeze this dip. The best way to save yourself some time is, instead, to freeze the roasted garlic, since this dip only takes 5 minutes to prepare.


Pro Tips and Guidance

  • Marinate for Enhanced Flavours: For an even more robust and flavourful dip, allow it to marinate in the fridge before serving. This extra time allows the garlic to infuse its rich flavours into the creamy base, resulting in a more pronounced and satisfying taste.

  • Prepare Roasted Garlic in Advance: Roasting garlic is the time-consuming step in this quick dip recipe. However, you can save time by preparing roasted garlic in advance. Roasted garlic can be frozen for up to 3 months, so consider roasting a larger batch and freezing it in portions. This way, you’ll have roasted garlic readily available for various recipes whenever you need it, including future batches of this dip.

A small blue bowl filled with garlic dip. A small spoon sticks out of it and there is a plate of potato wedges to the left of it.

Serving Suggestions

  • Vegetable Tray: Serve the roasted garlic and herb dip as a flavourful accompaniment to a colourful assortment of fresh vegetables like baby carrots, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, and bell pepper strips. The creamy dip pairs perfectly with the crispness of the veggies making it a perfect vegetable dip choice.
  • Bread and Crackers: Offer a selection of crusty bread slices, toasted baguette, pita chips, breadsticks, or an assortment of crackers for dipping into the roasted garlic goodness. The combination of the creamy, delicious dip and the crunchy texture of the bread or crackers is amazing.
  • Grilled Meats: Use the roasted garlic dip as a tasty condiment or dipping sauce for grilled meats like chicken skewers, beef kebabs, or lamb chops. The rich garlic flavour adds depth to the grilled flavours.
  • Sandwich Spread: Spread a generous layer of the roasted garlic dip on the bread. It adds a creamy, garlicky kick to sandwiches filled with roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, or deli meats.
  • Pizza Crusts: If you’re enjoying a homemade or takeaway pizza, try using this savoury dip as a dipping choice for the pizza crusts. It makes a great alternative to Domino’s garlic and herb sauce for those Domino’s fans out there.
  • Salad Dressing: Thin out the roasted garlic dip with a little water or lemon juice to create a creamy dressing. Drizzle it over salads, such as mixed greens, roasted vegetable salads, or potato salads, for an extra burst of flavour.
  • Baked Potatoes: Top a baked potato with a dollop of the roasted garlic dip for a delicious and comforting twist. The creamy dip adds a savoury taste to the fluffy potato, making it a satisfying side dish or even a light meal.
  • Party Platter: Include the roasted garlic dip as part of a party platter or appetiser spread. Pair it with other dips, along with an assortment of crispy chips, pretzels, and bite-sized snacks for a crowd-pleasing selection.
Roasted garlic dip in two small bowls. One is blue, the other is yelllow. There is a small silver spoon laid next to them, covered in some dip. There are plates of potato wedges surrounding the dip bowls.

Storage

  • Flavour Infusion: For the best flavour, I recommend making the dip at least 2 hours before serving, or even better, preparing it the night before. This allows the roasted garlic to infuse its delicious flavours into the creamy base, resulting in a dip with enhanced depth of flavour.
  • Refrigeration: After preparing the dip, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge. Any leftover dip can be refrigerated for 3-4 days, ensuring it remains fresh and flavourful for multiple servings.
  • Stir Before Serving: Before serving, give the dip a gentle stir to ensure that the roasted garlic and fresh herbs are evenly distributed. This step helps to prevent any settling at the bottom of the container and ensures a consistent taste and texture throughout.
  • Freezing: I don’t recommend freezing this dip. You can, however, oven-roasted the garlic and freeze it ahead of time. Defrost it in the fridge before you are ready to make your dip.

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Roasted garlic dip in two small bowls. One is blue, the other is yelllow. There is a small silver spoon laid next to them, covered in some dip. There are plates of potato wedges surrounding the dip bowls.

Roasted Garlic And Herb Dip Recipe With Sour Cream

5 from 35 votes
A great recipe for garlic fans. This roasted garlic and herb dip with sour cream and mayonnaise is delicious and super easy to make. It can be served with a multitude of dishes and it's great for BBQs too.
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Course: dip, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Servings: 10
Calories: 71kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 Heads Roasted Garlic, see post on how to roast garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Chives
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper, to season

Instructions

  • Begin by mashing the roasted garlic cloves into a paste using a Pestle and Mortar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and mayonnaise, ensuring there are no lumps.
  • Add the lemon juice and vinegar to the sour cream and mayonnaise mixture and stir well.
  • Chop the fresh herbs, and along with the mashed garlic, add them to the dip. Mix thoroughly to incorporate.
  • Season the dip with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover the dip and allow it to rest for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavours to develop.

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Recipe Notes

 
  • Marinate the dip in the fridge before serving for stronger and deeper flavours.
  • Roast garlic in advance and freeze for future use in various recipes.
  • Follow our guide on how to roast garlic for step-by-step instructions.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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