Garlic Leek and Goat Cheese Dip

This dip is doubly creamy with the roasted garlic and soft goat cheese!  The leeks add a subtle freshness.

Roasted garlic makes this goat cheese and leek dip extra creamy and flavorful!

I was listening to satellite radio during one of my kiddie taxi cab trips this past week.  I was half listening and half dreaming up new recipes in my head when I was awoken from my daydream by the DJ talking about Instagram.  Except she wasn’t referring to it as Instagram, rather she was abbreviating it to “Insta.”  Then she proceeded to use the words “convo” and “cray-cray” all in the same sentence.  The English major in me wanted to dial-up and scream at her!  What happened to the rest of the letters!!!  Of course, she was young and merely speaking the language of her fellow millennials (man, I never imagined the day GenXers would be old)!

Roasted garlic makes this goat cheese and leek dip extra creamy and flavorful!

There is a huge divide between my parent’s generation who don’t even own a cell phone, let alone text and the current generation who can only communicate in text-speak.  I love texting just as much as the next person, but nothing makes my skin crawl more than when I read incorrect language used like “4” instead of the word “for” or “U” instead of “you.”  I fear there will be a whole generation that cannot construct a written letter or even address an envelope.  A whole generation who doesn’t realize that the English language is constructed of actual words that are strung together with a little thing called GRAMMAR!

I fear for this current generation who wants everything and they want it now.  They are even willing to shorten every day speech to get through casual conversation that much sooner.  It’s such a blasé way to approach communication.

Roasted garlic makes this goat cheese and leek dip extra creamy and flavorful!

Imagine if instead of talking about the recipe as I normally would, I presented it to you as “this flav. dip with lots of roas. garl. and Gcheese.  It’s mixed with frey-frey leeks and will leave u sats.”  How many times would you have to reread that sentence before you realized what I was trying to say is that this tangy and intense roasted garlic dip with the creamy goat cheese and the sliced leeks is so satisfying and fresh?

I understand text speak has a place in our culture.  I’ve adapted, however, the written word is incredibly powerful.  Isn’t some of that power lost when we can’t put forth the effort to complete words let alone sentences?

I’m stepping off my soap box now.  Now go eat some dip.



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Garlicky Leek and Goat Cheese Dip
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 oz goat cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup leeks, sliced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 whole heads garlic roasted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel outer layers of garlic without separating cloves. Cut about ½ inch off the top of the cloves so that the cloves are exposed. Place garlic heads on aluminum foil drizzle with olive oil and seal. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 30-35 minutes or until soft. Allow garlic to cool for easier handling.
  2. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, yogurt, and goat cheese and garlic. Process until smooth. Add leeks, Parmesan, juice, salt and pepper. Mix until incorporated. Chill until ready to serve.


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24 Responses

  1. oh my WORD, those photos are drool-worthy! I’m a huge lover of leeks, so I’m anxious to try this recipe.

  2. I kinda have a thing for leeks and garlic and okay goat cheese. Wowzers this is happening soon.

  3. Ha! This post cracked me up! I wanted to throw up reading the text version of your recipe. Frey frey?? God help us all.

    • Yes if I actually hear someone say that I would be sick for sure!

  4. Haha…I completely support your soapbox! And I love that commercial with James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell reading texts. It cracks me up every single time. But goat cheese…I have a serious addiction there. And the addition of leeks makes this the perfect Spring recipe!!

  5. Ha! This post made me smile – you definitely sound super cool presenting your recipe in text speak :). This dip looks sooo creamy – I could totally devour this entire bowl by myself!

  6. Haha! This makes me laugh, because it’s so true! I also worry my kids won’t be able to spell anything because of auto-finish! I guess all we can do is set a good example, right? Inviting friends over to enjoy this dip would be a great start!

  7. Hello. I’m your worst nightmare :) I’ll just go eat your dip so you don’t hit me for texting abbreviations!

    • Doesn’t apply to you! Now if you start cutting all your words in half then we have talk!

  8. I’m all about the dips! It looks delicious!

  9. Some really nice dips to try. This is the season where I’m invited to several grad parties etc. Also host a few and I love trying new dips. Thanks

  10. This looks really good! I don’t use leeks enough – this looks like the perfect excuse the buy some:)

    • It is the perfect excuse!! Thanks Ginnie!

  11. This dip looks amazing! I love the combination of garlic, leeks, and goat cheese — They sound so good together! Forget the chips, I could totally eat this dip by itself! LOL

  12. I will totally date myself and say that I don’t even know what “frey-frey” means! Not only do I agree with your soapbox speech, I have often been right up there giving a similar speech. :) Cursive handwriting is no longer taught in most American schools. My college age son (a National Merit Scholar even) had to double check on how to fill out a paper check and how to address an envelope….just not a skill he had ever (?!) or at least in recent memory used. It does make one wonder about the future. End rant and on to dip.This dip WILL be used as both a dip (possibly with a spoon) and a sandwich spread at my house soon! Thanks!

    • Amen sister!!! I’m so glad I’m NOT alone!!! My I remember when my nephew had no idea how to address an envelope! That is too scary! They’ll have to teach that in school again.

  13. Not only do they not know how to construct a proper sentence, they have spell check to help them at least fake their way through school! It is a pretty sad situation. It would have been hysterical if you had actually written the entire post that way, just to prove a point. :) You’re dip looks amazing, we can always just console ourselves in that.

    • I thought about writing the post that way, but didn’t know if anyone would get it! Glad you would! Thanks Lisa!


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