Peel outer skin from garlic, leaving head intact. Place garlic in a small baking pan; drizzle with oil. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 dgs. for 25 mins. Remove cover, and bake 8 to 10 additional mins or until garlic is soft. Remove form oven, and let cool completely. Remove and discard papery skin from garlic. Scoop out garlic pulp with a small spoon.
Beat cream cheese and butter at high speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add garlic and salt; beat until blended. Stir in chives. Store spread in refrigerator. Serve over warm slices of French bread.
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