Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log
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Recipe type: Appetizer
 
This easy to make cheese log has tons of flavor, texture, and it looks gorgeous. It's perfect for Christmas parties.
Ingredients
Cheese Log
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
Coating
  • 1 green onion, top only, finely sliced
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Add the cream cheese, cheddar, cranberries, walnuts, green onion, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Using the same spoon, roughly form it into a log shape, and place the bowl in the refrigerator. It doesn't have to look perfect at this point. You'll be able to manipulate it when you add the coating.
  3. To make the coating, spread the green onions, walnuts, and cranberries on a large bowl or plate.
  4. Remove the cheese log from the refrigerator, and pick it up with your hands. Place it directly on the plate with the coating, and roll it to coat all sides. Most of the topping will stick immediately, but you can use your hands to press on any that falls off, filling in the bare spots.
  5. Gently pick up the log, and place it on your serving platter.
  6. Sprinkle additional cranberries, walnuts, and green onions around the platter for garnish.
  7. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or sturdy veggies (like carrots and celery).
Recipe by 5 Minutes for Mom at http://www.5minutesformom.com/122559/cranberry-walnut-holiday-cheese-log-recipe/