Pat Loud's Classic Cheese Log Recipe
Pat Loud's Classic Cheese Log

For winter entertaining, put another log on the table

What would winter entertaining be without a good cheese log? This fantastic and easy recipe was passed down to my friend Pat Loud from her mother. She has served it at nearly every party that I've attended, and it's always a big hit. As with most good recipes, the amounts are somewhat flexible -- you should feel free to use more or less of any ingredient.

The key to success, though, is a high-quality sharp cheddar cheese. I used Cabot Private Stock Extra Sharp Cheddar. Any favorite bleu cheese will work: Roquefort, Danish Bleu, or English Stilton. Make sure that the cheeses are not too cold, or the mixture will not blend in the food processor.

Pat Loud's Classic Cheese Log Recipe

10 ounces shredded high-quality extra sharp cheese, at room temperature

8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

4-6 ounces Bleu cheese, crumbled

2-3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/3 cup each of pistachios and dried cranberries, chopped

1. Place cheeses, Worcestershire sauce and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 4-5 times to combine, then process for 1 minute until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

2. Put mixture on a piece of wax paper and, using the paper, shape into a ball or two logs. Refrigerate until firm. Roll ball or logs in a mixture of chopped pistachios and then cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours. Serve with crackers and additional dried fruit.

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