Christmas cheese log - the perfect quick, easy & delicious Christmas appetizer to feed a crowd! Make in advance and serve with crackers and toasted bread | thekiwicountrygirl.com

Christmas Cheese Log

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Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 250 g cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 200 g feta
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots (chopped finely)
  • 3 TBSP chopped fresh herbs (I used parsley & chives)
  • Ground black pepper to taste (be generous)
  • 3/4 cup pistachios/pecans to coat

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F and place the nuts on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 8 minutes (keep a close eye on them around this time as they can burn quickly) and remove from the oven. Chop the nuts coarsley (or use a food processor) and set aside.
  • Using a stand or hand mixer (or a bowl and wooden spoon) combine the softened cream cheese and feta. Add all remaining ingredients except for the nuts and combine. 
  • Cut a large piece of baking paper and place on the bench. Tip the cheese mixture onto the baking paper and form it into a log shape. Roll it up in the baking paper, shaping as you go, tuck in the ends of the paper and place in the fridge for 3 hours (or longer) to set. 
  • Once the cheese log has set, remove from the fridge. Spread the chopped nuts on a rimmed baking tray, carefully unwrap the log and roll it in the chopped nuts until it is completely coated.
  • Serve on a platter with crackers and toasted bread or wrap tightly in gladwrap and store in the fridge for up to a few days until needed.
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