Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

Way back when…when we made this cheese ball I thought I couldn’t possibly taste a better cheese ball in my life. The combination of the two cheddars and the garlic reminded me so much of this one cheese spread I used to snack on at The General Store In Long Grove.  They would always have samples of soup, cheese with pretzels, and other nibbles. The cheese was so addicting! Anyways, the fact that this cheese ball was my favorite still holds sorta kinda true because technically today’s post is a cheese LOG. Thank goodness for technicalities…because these are both my favorites.

This Blue Cheese, Fruit and Nut LOG is a totally different recipe. Blue Cheese (well, we used Gorgonzola since we’re being technical) has a distinct, sharp and salty taste to it. I love it and so does my whole family, but it isn’t for everybody. The cream cheese gives it a smooth consistency and balances the strong flavor of the blue cheese. One of my new favorite ingredients is dates so adding those made me happy and the dried cranberries are an LLP go-to because they add a pop of sweet. I don’t want to forget the pistachios because pistachios are delicious and they add a crunchy, green layer. The overall combination was perfect!

The best part of this recipe was that we previously learned  a valuable lesson and finally we got to demonstrate it A few months ago we made baklava and spent somewhere around 2 hours shelling several cups of pistachios. Kara’s fingers were blistery raw. It was a horrible! Rather then go through that again we stopped at TJ’s and picked up shelled pistachios. Umm DUH…total epiphany! What were we thinking before? That’s just it, We WEREN’T thinking!

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

Here’s what you’ll need

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

Remove the pits from the dates and roughly chop

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, milk and Gorgonzola until smooth

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

Add in the dried fruit, onion and garlic powders and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix again

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

Form into a log and wrap in plastic wrap. Pop in the fridge

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

press the chopped pistachios all over the cheese log

Blue Cheese, Fruit, and Nut Log recipe pictures

Enjoy with your favorite crackers!

 

Comments

  1. Lauren says

    Yum! Love the sweet-savory combo of this appetizer – looks perfect to put on my favorite low cal cracker. I would definitely use a blue cheese with a strong flavor, like a Danablu such as Castello cheese, so that it really shines through.

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