Cranberry and walnut goat cheese log is perfect for year-round entertaining on its own or as part of a charcuterie board.
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Cranberry and Walnut Goat Cheese Log
Be sure to check out the list of all the other new ideas on this month's Pinterest Challenge below! Many thanks to our host County Road 407. Be sure to check out Cindy's gorgeous cranberry garland!
If you are visiting from Cindy over at County Road 407, welcome! She is so talented. I just love her seasonal ideas!
This month's Pinterest Challenge is sure to give you all the holiday feels for fall through Christmas. We are sharing 12 fabulous ideas using cranberries.
Cranberries are pretty amazing in that I've used them fresh and faux for decorating. They are equally amazing in recipes.
My favorite cocktail for fall through winter is a Cranberry Mule.
The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to take a photo or collection of photos from a post and recreate a look or feel similar to the photo. We hope that you will leave inspired to add a few touches to your home.
This month we were given full reign based on this one photo. We could do anything with cranberries as long as it was home decor, craft or recipe related! I've honestly had so many ideas with cranberries on my mind that I had a hard time deciding on what to go with.
I absolutely love goat cheese…..so much so that If I had 3 food items allowed on a deserted island…….goat cheese would be one.
I looked at several of my cream cheese and cheddar recipes and whipped up something with goat cheese.
It's a keeper……my family loves it.
This makes a generous log. You could easily divide this into smaller logs to freeze. I froze half of this one.
The printable recipe is at the end of the post.
- goat cheese
- cream cheese
- dried cranberries
- chopped walnuts
- flat-leaf parsley
- lemon zest
- orange zest
- food processor
- silicone spatula
- spurtle set
- parchment sheets
- cheese knives
- wooden board
- appetizer plates
- set of white bowls (exact)
- tablecloth (exact)
- holiday kitchen towel and this one
Finely chop a 6-ounce bag of dried cranberries with a food processor. Place in a bowl.
Finely chop your walnuts and add to the bowl with the cranberries.
Add your chopped parsley to the cranberries and walnuts.
Combine them all together. This will be what the outside of your goat cheese log will be coated in at the end.
Reserve 2 tablespoons of this mixture to add to the cheese.
You will want to use a plain log of goat cheese and cream cheese. I usually buy my goat cheese at Aldi. I did get in on a special $3 off.
The cream cheese helps to make the log even creamier.
Zest 1/2 a teaspoon of an orange.
Zest 1/2 teaspoon of lemon.
Honey adds a little sweetness and helps to blend.
Blend together your cheeses, zests, and honey together in the food processor.
After you blend that together, add the 2 tablespoons of the cranberry mixture. Pulse it just a couple of times to blend.
Scoop it all into a log shape on a piece of parchment paper. Place it in the fridge for about 15 minutes to harden just a bit. It will help with the stickiness and help to create the log.
While the log is chilling, prep the work surface.
Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Spread the cranberry, walnut, and parsley mixture in a rectangle on the plastic wrap roughly the length that you want your log to be.
After the log has chilled a bit, remove it from the parchment paper and place it on top of the cranberry mixture.
Pull the end of the plastic wrap up around the cheese log and roll it. The cranberry mixture will roll to cover the log as you wrap it up in plastic.
Pull the plastic off at the end to cover any areas that need it.
Seal it up.
Place your log in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving. I'll even make it the day before.
This makes a large log for a party.
It's easy to divide this into smaller logs to freeze!
Serving the Cranberry and Walnut Goat Cheese Log
Place your log on a serving board or platter surrounded by pita chips or buttered crackers.
Add a bit of fresh parsley on each end and some fresh or frozen cranberries for garnish.
TIP: I buy a couple of extra fresh bags of cranberries and put them in the freezer. They are great to have on hand for garnish and muddled cocktails during the holidays.
Opt for a simple cracker so the flavors don't compete with the goat cheese log.
Wherever there is food, you will find Bentley lurking in wait! I've never seen a dog as obsessed with food as he is.
I promise that it tastes as great as it looks!
Cranberries are great year-round, but especially festive fall through Christmas.
It is hard to just eat one cracker!
Up next on the tour is my sweet friend, Cindy, from DIY Beautify. You are going to be blown away by her gorgeous cedar, rosemary, and cranberry wreath!
PRINT THE RECIPE
- 8 ounce log of goat cheese
- 4 ounces of cream cheese
- 6 ounces of dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped in small pieces
- 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
- 1 Tablespoon of honey
- In a food processor, chop your cranberries. Remove and place in a medium-sized bowl.
- In a food processor, chop your walnuts. Remove and place in a medium-sized bowl.
- Hand chop the fresh parsley. Add 2 heaping tablespoons in with the nuts and cranberries. This will be the mixture that you roll the log into. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the mixture to add to the cheese mixture.
- In the food processor, add the cheese, orange zest, lemon zest, and honey. Process until well blended and smooth.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved, chopped cranberry mixture and add it to the cheese mixture.
- Spoon the cheese mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Manipulate it until it is in a rough log form. Place this in the fridge for about 15 minutes to chill and harden just a bit.
- Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Spread the cranberry mixture onto the plastic wrap roughly the length of the log. The size is really up to you.
- Place the cheese log onto the plastic wrap. Work the cranberry mixture into the log as you roll it up into the plastic wrap sealing it up with the plastic as you go.
- Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Unwrap and place on your serving plate surrounded by your cracker of choice. I used pita chips.
- Make smaller logs and freeze them for other events.
Perfect for the holidays!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g
The nutrition values have been autogenerated for the recipe. I do not claim this as accurate or tested.
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