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Cranberry Pecan Cheese Log

This easy cheese log recipe requires just 5 ingredients! It's the ultimate crowd pleaser and makes the perfect finger food at gatherings.
Prep Time15 mins
Resting Time (optional)1 hr
Total Time15 mins
Course: Finger Food
Cuisine: Western
Servings: 6
Calories: 398kcal
Cost: £1.50 / $2

Equipment

  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Large Mixing Bowl & Spatula
  • Cling Film
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Cheese Grater

Ingredients

  • 9oz / 250g Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup / 150g Dried Cranberries, roughly diced
  • 1 cup / 125g Pecans, roughly diced
  • 1 cup / 100g Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup / 4 tbsp finely diced Chives (could sub spring onion)

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl combine diced pecans, cranberries and chives.
  • In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese & cheddar, then use a spatula to combine with HALF of the pecan mix (save the rest to coat the outside).
  • Add the cheese mix to a large sheet of cling film and mould into a log shape, using the cling film to tightly contain it (see video for guidance). Pop in the fridge until ready to serve. I recommend at least an hour anyway, just to firm up the cheese. If your mix is fairly firm you'll get away with skipping the resting time.
  • When ready to serve, spread the second half of your pecan mix on a chopping board. Unwrap the cheese log and coat all over with the pecan mix.
  • Serve on a board with crackers. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

a) Can I use different nuts? - Sure! I've used walnuts and pistachios in place of the pecans before, both work great. 
b) Can I use different cheese? - I recommend cream cheese as it has the perfect texture to form the log. If you wanted to add a different flavour profile you could fold in some goats cheese if you like that.
c) Can I sub the cranberries? - Any sort of dried fruit works well here! Or at least any sort of dried fruit that goes nicely with nuts. I don't recommend fresh fruit, it'll turn the log sloppy and won't hold shape.
d) Inspiration - Inspired by GimmeDelicious cranberry pecan ball! 
e) Calories - whole log divided by 6 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.91g | Protein: 8.58g | Fat: 33.09g | Saturated Fat: 12.894g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.581g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12.026g | Trans Fat: 0.222g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 15.21g | Vitamin A: 773IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 0.72mg