Holiday Cheese Log with Cranberries & Pecans

It isn’t the holidays until someone breaks out a cheese log, am I right? Well this year I guess that someone is me. I can honestly say I’ve never really been all that into cheese logs. The whole concept is so odd…rolling out cheese into log form, crusting it in nuts and serving it with crackers? It’s just always seemed like this strange retro holiday food that’s continued to show up on appetizer tables inexplicably over the years.

I decided to make one – what the heck? What convinced me was the ingredient list in this recipe, which actually sounded like something I’d want to eat. Feta, cream cheese, Swiss cheese and honey? That combo was sure to be super tangy and a little bit sweet. And I’ve definitely demonstrated my affinity for cranberries and pecans over the past month. It would come together quickly and I could easily refrigerate and transport it to the holiday party I’m attending on Tuesday. Really…what’s not to like?

So I abandoned my past judgments on the issue and made one tasty holiday cheese log.

Holiday Cheese Log

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  1. Debs wrote:

    How lovely. Not sure I like the sound of the cranberries as a crust, but I may just make something similar; thanks.
    .-= Debs´s last blog ..Thai Yellow Prawn Curry =-.

    Posted 12.14.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Dried cranberries are actually really good with a lot of cheeses, but maybe you might try dried apricots instead if you like those more?

      Posted 12.14.09 Reply
  2. That’s the perfect, festive cheese log!

    Posted 12.14.09 Reply
  3. Lauren wrote:

    I’ve had goat cheese coated with cranberries, but this version blows that out of the water! I bet the combination of different cheeses tastes wonderful.

    Posted 12.14.09 Reply
  4. Haley wrote:

    Beautiful combination.. I love the colors! It sounds so delicious too. I adore the tart cranberries with the variety of tangy cheeses with the crunch of the pecans! Perfect.
    .-= Haley´s last blog ..Basil and Matcha Green Tea Muffins =-.

    Posted 12.14.09 Reply
  5. Oh yum! I will definitely be giving this a try!!! Looks amazing!
    .-= Amy (Sing For Your Supper)´s last blog ..Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies… =-.

    Posted 12.14.09 Reply
  6. I love anything with dried cranberries and cheese. This looks SO good. I bet it would be good spread on a turkey sandwich too.
    .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Snowball Bark =-.

    Posted 12.14.09 Reply
  7. Michelle wrote:

    This is really lovely. I’m not usually a big fan of cheese logs/balls, but you may have just changed my mind.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Reindeer cookies =-.

    Posted 12.15.09 Reply
  8. Thea wrote:

    I made it yesterday and served it last night at a party. It was a big hit. Much yummier than I even expected!

    Posted 12.17.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Fantastic! So glad you liked it! 🙂

      Posted 12.17.09 Reply
  9. Maria wrote:

    Love this idea. Cranberries go so well with the cheese!

    Posted 12.17.09 Reply
  10. Christi wrote:

    oh my holy waistband just expanded! this looks amazing.

    Posted 1.7.10 Reply
  11. Mary R wrote:

    I made this exactly as suggested and it was a hit at book club! (Which is more than I can say for the book under discussion.) Very nice flavor and texture. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper.

    Posted 1.25.10 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Excellent – so glad to hear it!

      Posted 1.25.10 Reply
  12. Sandy wrote:

    Great recipe! I used toasted pistachios in place of the pecans and drizzled extra honey over the log when plated. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply