Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log*

Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log  from thenovicechefblog.com

It’s been one of those weeks and I am so glad it is coming to an end. I am looking forward to the weekend with a passion. Between moving, unpacking and working a regular work week on top of that…well, I’m done. I have plans for catching up with good friends this weekend that I haven’t seen in far too long, a lunch date with my girlfriend Mi’a and on Sunday I plan on sleeping in. Late. :)

Not to mention, I have this cheese log waiting for me in the fridge…and a cold beer ready to go for today after 5. Who needs dinner when you have cheese?? Plus, I just painted my fingernails a bright happy pink in celebration of Spring. It’s gonna be a great weekend — I know it!

Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log  from thenovicechefblog.com

I love Blue Cheese. I know it’s not for everyone, but if you are a blue cheese fan…this cheese ball will be your new favorite! I loved that it’s savory, but with a hint of sweet every so often from a bite of date! However the best part, it’s easy to make ahead for a party. You can make it the day before and be ready to go whenever your guests arrive. I served it with my favorite, Pretzel Crisps, but it would also be delicious with some fresh, warm french bread!

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Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log

Yield: 1 Cheese Log (or ball)

Ingredients:

4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
8 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk
10 dates, diced
1 shallot, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

Directions:

Beat first 3 ingredients in a stand mixer, until smooth.

Add dates, shallots, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; beat at medium speed until well blended, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.

Spoon cheese mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Form into a log, using a rubber spatula. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap; chill overnight.

Combine parsley and walnuts in a shallow dish. Unwrap cheese log; gently roll in nut mixture, coating well. Place on a serving plate.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

adapted from cooking light

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24 Responses to “Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log”

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — March 1, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Woo! Look at those dates. Loved seeing those in the ingredients, I bet they’re awesome with the cheese log. Have a great restful weekend!

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    Sue — March 1, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    I love blue cheese! Adore it! This looks like it will be part of my regular recipe collection. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Christine (Cook the Story) — March 1, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    This looks and sounds fantastic! I can almost taste the rich tang of the cheese and all that fresh parsley. A perfect dish for these days in between Winter and Spring.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 1, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Ohmahgoodness, this looks delicious. YUM!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 1, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    I love a good cheese log and this is looking good! Hope you are able to relax this weekend!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 1, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Everyone is going pink! I need to get on this. And on some cheeeeese loving soon.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 1, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    I’m a HUGE blue cheese fan. I must make this!!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — March 1, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    I love all cheese, seriously. The combo of the dates with the sharp cheese sounds soooo good! Happy weekend to you!

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    Diana @ Sweet y Salado — March 1, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    Yes! Definitely French bread… yay! I also painted my nails a sea foam green from the Drew Barrymore collection to get myself in a spring/summer mode. I’m so sick of winter!. Thanks for the recipe and the photos… gorgeous as always!

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    Joanne — March 1, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    To be able to just cut off a slice of this cheese log whenever I’m stressed/bored/happy/tired and shove it into my mouth…awesome.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 1, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    We are looking forward to sleeping in as well! It’s been a pretty hectic week for us.

    Love the addition of dates — so bursting with flavors!

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    Janet T. — March 1, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    My toenails are painted Wild Cactus which looks a lot like the parsley on your cheese log! Love your blog!

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    Ellie — March 1, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m moving next month and I’ll try this as an app for sure!

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    DeAnna — March 2, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    Oh yeah! Luvs me some cheese log. Welcome back to Tampa. Tell Jorge that George says hi!

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    sweet-lab — March 3, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    I agree. Who needs dinner when you can have a cheese log, pretzels, and a cold beer?! Sounds like perfection to me.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 4, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    My mom makes cheese logs every holiday. I always end up eating half of it myself, haha.

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    Kelsey — March 4, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I hope your weekend was all you wanted it to be! This would be a great snack for a St. Patrick’s Day get together. It’s such a gorgeous shade of green on the outside!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — March 4, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    Hello, deliciousness! This sounds great. I love the flavor pairings, and the fact that you used low fat cream cheese makes me feel a little better about eating more :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 5, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    You had me until “blue cheese”. Now, replace “blue” with “goat”, and I’ll eat the whole dang thing!

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    Paula — March 5, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    This looks delicious and what a great idea to spread it over pretzels!

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    Lauren — March 6, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    You’re right…who needs dinner when you have blue cheese? Heck, you even bothered to make something with the cheese, and that totally counts!

    Really, I could just smother this on a giant baguette right now and be set for tonight :)

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — March 6, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    OH. MY. GOSH. I want this NOW. Mike would hate it (he’s one of “those” people that doesn’t liek blue cheese ;) ) – you and I should make this for US when you come!!!

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