Cranberry Feta Cheese Log

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Cranberry Feta Cheese Log

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Prep

5 minutes

Cook

10 minutes

Yield

4

This cranberry feta cheese log is the perfect appetizer for the holiday season. The best part? You can prep it in advance in only a few minutes.

This festive cheese log recipe is creamy, combined with the sweet and bitter cranberries. It’s the perfect spread on a cracker and looks beautiful on your table spread for the holiday season. Bring this as an appetizer to a party, or serve it yourself.

Cheese log being spread on bread

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Cheese Log

  • Quick Prep: This cheese log recipe takes only 5 minutes to prep, the rest of the time is just spent resting so it’s the perfect consistency for spreading
  • Holiday-Friendly: This cranberry feta cheese log is the perfect appetizer for your holiday event
  • Prep Ahead: Make this cheese log the day before your gathering and pop it in the fridge. An easy appy to make in advance

🍲 Ingredients

Cranberries – Cranberries seriously scream the holiday season. They are the perfect berry to add to cooking and baking. That’s because they are in-season during the winter months, versus other berries that flourish in the summer. I like to use Cape Cod Select Cranberries. They sell fresh and frozen, premium cranberries and they’re so good in recipes. They use no additives, they are sustainably farmed, which is very important to me

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Rosemary – If you think of a winter herb, you think of rosemary. Rosemary is the perfect hearty herb to add to soups, casseroles, and other holiday dishes for a delicious earthy flavor. In this cheese log the rosemary really compliments the cranberries. I would recommend using fresh only.

Ingredients for cheese log on counter

👩‍🍳 How to Make a Cheese Log

  1. Make the cranberry mixture:  To a medium pan add 2 tbsp butter and turn to medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the frozen cranberries and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes until they start to soften. Turn the pan to medium-low and add in the salt, pepper, rosemary, and minced garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-6 minutes until cranberries are reduced to a jammy-like texture. Set aside in a bowl to cool or cool more quickly by placing it in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  2. Once the cranberry mixture is cooled make the cheese log. In a bowl mix together feta cheese, cream cheese, sundried tomato, cranberry mixture, and 2 tbsp chopped pistachios.
  3. Set out a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Put the cheese mixture onto the plastic wrap or parchment paper and use your hands to form the mixture into a log shape. Use plastic wrap or parchment paper to wrap up the cheese log and place it into the freezer or fridge for 30 minutes to set. Roll the cheese log in 3/4 cup chopped pistachios and place the cheese log into the fridge again for at least 15 minutes or until ready to serve.
  4. Serve the cheese log drizzled with honey if desired and with our pita bread, baguette, or crackers.
Cutting into cheese log

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Making in Advance? Make sure to not roll the cheese log in pistachios until you’re ready to serve. This way they’ll maintain their crunch.
  • Serving: Serve this cheese log with fresh, homemade pita bread (or store-bought), you can also serve it with crackers or crostini.

🗒 Variations & Substitutions

  • Nut-Free: If you have allergies, or your guests do, you can make this nut-free. Just make the cheese log as is but eliminate the nuts. You won’t get the crunch, but it’s still delicious without them
  • Herbs: If you don’t have rosemary on hand, you can swap for fresh thyme instead
  • Berries: If you want to try a different combination, other than cranberries, you can try this with blueberries. I’d remove the sundried tomatoes though


🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Roll the log back up into the parchment paper and foil to store in the fridge. The pistachios on the outside will become a bit soft, but it’ll still be delicious. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days. If you want to make it in advance for a party, just don’t roll it is pistachios until you are ready to serve.

🤔 Common Questions

What is a cheese log made out of?

There are so many options for what you can add to a cheese log. The main base is almost always cream cheese or a soft, spreadable cheese like goat cheese. From there, you can add in other cheeses, nuts, savory or sweet ingredients like blueberries or sundried tomatoes.

How long does a cheese log last?

Anywhere from several days to 2 weeks depending on what kind of ingredients you have in your log. For example, if you use fresh blueberries, it may go bad sooner, or if you use nuts, they may get soft and kind of gross in texture.

How do you keep the shape of a cheese log?

The key is the resting time. You don’t want to make it and serve it right away. You’ll want to keep it in the fridge for about an hour so the cheese firms up and it remains in log form.

Cranberry Feta Cheese Log

5 from 5 votes
This cranberry feta cheese log is the perfect appetizer for the holiday season. The best part? You can prep it in advance in only a few minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American-Inspired
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen Cape Cod Cranberries
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary minced
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup plain cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp pistachios chopped
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 3/4 cup pistachios chopped
  • optional: honey to drizzle

Pita

  • 1 each pita
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Instructions
 

  • Make the cranberry mixture:  To a medium pan add 2 tbsp butter and turn to medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the frozen cranberries and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes until they start to soften. Turn the pan to medium-low and add in the salt, pepper, rosemary and minced garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-6 minutes until cranberries are reduced to a jammy like texture. Set aside in a bowl to cool or cool more quickly by placing in the fridge for about 10 minutes..
  • Once the cranberry mixture is cooled make the cheese log. In a bowl mix together feta cheese, cream cheese, sundried tomato, cranberry mixture and 2 tbsp chopped pistachios.
  • Set out a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Put the cheese mixture onto the plastic wrap or parchment paper and use your hands to form the mixture into a log shape. Use the the plastic wrap or parchment paper to wrap up the cheese log and place into the freezer or fridge for 30 minutes to set.
    Roll the cheese log in 3/4 cup chopped pistachios and place the cheese log into the fridge again for at least 15 minutes or until ready to serve.
  • Serve the cheese log drizzled with honey if desired and with our pita bread, baguette or crackers.

Pita

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Notes

  • If you want to serve this cheese log with crostini, here’s how to make it: Preheat the oven to 400F. Using a bread knife, slice the baguette into 1-inch thick slices. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil on one side and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 10 minutes total, flipping halfway through. Set aside.
  • To make the cheese log ahead of time, complete all the steps EXCEPT DO NOT ROLL IN THE pistachios. Tightly wrap the formed cheese log in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil – it helps to keep the shape and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, remove from the fridge about 20 minutes before serving, roll in the chopped pistachios and then serve.
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Anne Corriveau

OH.MY.GOODNESS.
I made three of them for my Christmas parties… I LOVED it and everybody did. 😍😍

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!!! This makes me so happy!

Lesley

5 stars
Beautiful recipe as always

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, hunnie!!!!

mike

5 stars
making this for Thanksgiving

Maria Koutsogiannis

you are going to love it!!!

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