Friday, November 21, 2008

Appetizer Cheese Log

You can't have too many appetizer recipes during the busy holiday season. This cheese log is rolled in toasted, chopped pistachio nuts. It's easy to make and adds an elegant touch to your buffet table.

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup grated cheddar or parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 cup of shelled, chopped pistachio nuts
A variety of crackers for serving

Using an electric mixture beat first four ingredients until completely combined. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 1 and a half hours, until slightly firm.

In a small saucepan heat chopped pistachios for 5 minutes (stirring constantly) over medium heat, until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and place toasted nuts on a plate to cool.

Place firmed-up cheese mixture onto a piece of wax paper and form, using the paper, into a log shape - about 6" long. Roll log in cooled pistachios and tightly wrap log in saran wrap. Refrigerate for several hours before serving with crackers or toasted rounds. This recipe may be made a day before using.

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