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.
Cost: £1.50 / $2
- 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)
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!
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.
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