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Cheese Log Recipe with Two Toppings

Updated on March 11, 2015
Cheese log with two toppings
Cheese log with two toppings | Source

Trying to come up with a new idea to bring to your next party? Looking for a new twist on the traditional cheese log? Want to give your guests a variety without a lot of work? This is the perfect appetizer recipe that will leave your guests surprised and satisfied.

Check out the list of ingredients and step by step instructions below to get started on your cheese log with two toppings that will leave your guests with a memorable taste in their mouths!

Why the cheese log is the perfect party appetizer

The cheese log has been around just about as long as most American party staples.

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In fact, a cheese ball recipe (similar to the log) first appeared in a printed cookbook by Virginia Safford in 1944; but unlike glorified jell-O molds and other party staples from the 1950s, the cheese log has only become more delicious as the years go by!

A basic cheese log can be modified with different cheese, spices, and flavors, made ahead of time, and whipped out when you’re in a hurry or short on ideas for your next party.

Most cheese logs also freeze well if you want to make an extra one and store in the freezer for upcoming holidays or special occasions. Logs also go a long way in feeding a crowd and can be served alongside chips, crackers, breadsticks, croutons, or chopped veggies.

Cheese Log Recipe with Two Toppings

Let’s get started on this delicious appetizer!

Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes

Ready in: Best if chilled overnight

Yields: Serves as an appetizer for approximately 10 people

Ingredients:

Ingredients for cheese log with two toppings
Ingredients for cheese log with two toppings | Source
 
 
2 blocks cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup white cheddar cheese
½ cup chopped pecans
4 oz. blue cheese
½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
½ cup cooked bacon
1 tsp Worcestershire
3-4 TBSP chopped chives or green onions

Preparation:

Allow your blocks of cream cheese to sit out on the counter to soften to room temperature.

Add each block of cream cheese to a separate mixing bowl.

First, prepare the bacon and chive half:

  • Begin by prepping your bacon. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a wire baking rack on top of a cookie sheet tray. Lay strips of bacon out and bake about 20 minutes or until golden and crispy. Allow bacon to cool, blot excess oil off on a paper towel, and crumble into small pieces.

Bake bacon on wire rack
Bake bacon on wire rack | Source
Close up of bacon and chive cheese log
Close up of bacon and chive cheese log | Source
  • In one mixing bowl, add ½ cup of white cheddar cheese and 4 ounces of blue cheese to the block of cream cheese.

  • Mix cheeses until they are well combined.

  • Add ½ TBSP. Dijon mustard.

  • Pour in ½ tsp Worcestershire

  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

  • Form your cheese mixture into a short log shape (Remember, it doesn’t have to be too long because you will add your other half to complete the log).

  • To your crumbled bacon bits, add 3-4 TBSP of finely chopped chives or green onions and mix.

  • Roll the log and one end in the bacon bit, chive/green onion mixture to coat well.

  • Leave one end of the log bare – this is where you will join in with your other half.

  • Place on top of a piece of waxed paper while you work on the other half of the log.

Next, prepare the pecan and dried cranberry half:

Close up of cranberry pecan cheese log
Close up of cranberry pecan cheese log | Source
  • For the second half of your cheese log, you’re going to use your second mixing bowl which should already have one block of cream cheese in it, softened at room temperature.

  • Follow the same steps you did for the first half of the log, but omit the blue cheese.

  • Add ½ cup of white cheddar cheese and mix until the cheeses are well combined.

  • Add ½ TBSP. Dijon mustard.

  • Pour in ½ tsp Worcestershire.

  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

  • Form your cheese mixture into a log shape the same size as your first half of the log (Remember, you will add your first bacon and chive/green onion half to complete the log).

  • In a small bowl, combine chopped pecans and roughly chopped dried cranberries. Mix well.

  • Roll the log and one end in the pecan and cranberry mixture to coat well.

  • Leave one end of the log bare – this is where you will join in with your first half.

Finally, join your two halves together:

  • Now, place the two bare ends of both of your logs together.

  • Using your finger, blend the two halves together.

  • If you have any reserved toppings, add a little more topping on both ends of the log to create a seamless look.
  • If you prefer to keep the logs separate, simply cover both ends in the toppings.

Finished close up of cheese log with two toppings
Finished close up of cheese log with two toppings | Source

Serving your cheese log:

  • Serve your cheese log on a large charger plate.

  • Place a variety of chips, crackers, or chopped veggies around the perimeter of the plate.

  • Dig in and enjoy!

Serve cheese log on a platter with crackers
Serve cheese log on a platter with crackers | Source

Tips:

  • You can reserve a small spoonful of the cheese mixture to help join your two log halves together at the end and cover the seam.

  • Reserve a small amount of both the bacon and chive mixture and the pecan and cranberry mixture to cover your seam on both ends at the end.

  • You can serve your cheese log right away or wrap it in a piece of waxed paper and chill in the fridge overnight.

  • You can even make an extra one and store in the freezer for several weeks.

Cheese Log Alternative

An alternative to the cheese log is the traditional cheese ball – a hit at any party or potluck! Below is a video about how to make the ultimate cheese ball which can be used as an alternative to this log recipe. Or make one of each to offer your guests a variety of options!

This is a yummy appetizer or snack that’s easy to prepare and can be covered in endless ways and substituted with your favorite cheese blends and flavor combinations. You can easily make two or several logs at once so you have extra on hand during the busy holiday season or for a special occasion.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

Do you have a favorite cheese log or cheese ball recipe? Do you have a favorite topping? Share in the comments!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love the crackers, never try bacon with crackers, what abiut rice?

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