Christmas Cheese Log

"Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log." - Ellen DeGeneres

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 cup coarsely grated sharp white cheddar (4 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 cup shelled unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped

  • Crackers, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, cheddar, Dijon, and Worcestershire until well combined; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Cover, and refrigerate until slightly firm, 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, toast pistachios over medium, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool.

  4. Transfer cheese mixture to a piece of waxed paper; using paper, shape into a 6-inch-long log. Cover with pistachios, pressing to adhere. Wrap log in a fresh piece of waxed paper; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours (or up to 1 day).

  5. Serve with crackers.

Photo credit: Martha Stewart


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