Holiday Cheese Log with Cranberries & Pecans

by Kathy Strahs on December 13, 2009 · 16 comments

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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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Debs December 14, 2009 at 2:22 AM

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 =-.


Kathy December 14, 2009 at 8:21 AM

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


chocolate shavings December 14, 2009 at 2:54 AM

That’s the perfect, festive cheese log!


Lauren December 14, 2009 at 7:32 AM

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.


Haley December 14, 2009 at 9:30 AM

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 =-.


Amy (Sing For Your Supper) December 14, 2009 at 11:01 AM

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


Dawn Hutchins December 14, 2009 at 1:54 PM

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 =-.


Michelle December 15, 2009 at 10:50 AM

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 =-.


Thea December 17, 2009 at 1:08 PM

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


Kathy December 17, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Fantastic! So glad you liked it! 🙂


Maria December 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM

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


Christi January 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM

oh my holy waistband just expanded! this looks amazing.


Mary R January 25, 2010 at 9:05 AM

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.


Kathy January 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Excellent – so glad to hear it!


Sandy December 6, 2017 at 9:33 PM

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.


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