I don't know WHERE my brain was this Thanksgiving.
This Cheese Log is one of my most favorite things in the world.
Maybe because CHEESE is one of my most favorite things in the world!
I don't know how far back this recipe goes...
but I always remember my mom making it
at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.
For many years now, it seems that most holidays I have made this dip....
but this year, it was 7 days AFTER Thanksgiving
before I even THOUGHT about it.
It is so yummy and EASY...please don't ever buy a 'cheese' ball from
the grocery store ever again!
Do you have a food processor?
Then this is all you will need -
2 cups cheddar cheese or more (I rarely measure!)
1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese - softened
1/2 yellow onion (not pictured)
appx. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
appx. 1 tablespoon worchestershire
1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
SPICE MIXTURE TO ROLL IT IN
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
I guess if chili powder and paprika are not your thing,
you could definitely roll the log in chopped pecans...
just like those cute little tasteless things in grocery stores.
Begin by tossing cream cheese and onion into
the food processor. Mix well - until onion is minced nicely.
While processor is running, add all other ingredients
(except chili powder and paprika)
saving the cheddar cheese for last.
You will need to stop the processor and scrape down
the sides a couple of times during the dip making.
Mixture is ready after it is completely smooth.
See? Was that so hard???
NOW...to complete the dip...you can go two different routes
(or more if you use your imagination!)
Scrape the mixture into a bowl,
top with chili powder/paprika mixture and serve...
OR roll into a log.
To make a Cheese 'Log,' first you need to
tear off a sheet of wax paper and lay it on your work surface.
Sprinkle your chili powder/paprika mixture down the center of the wax paper.
Now scrape the cheese mixture out of the food processor onto the spices.
(I promise that the mixture above is on wax paper...
it is just hard to see.)
Next, fold the wax paper on top of the mixture
to make the ends of the wax paper match up.
You can even sprinkle more spice mixture on top of
the cheese mixture to cover any missed spots
and to make sure it gets coated well
for a more even look and to keep the mixture from sticking
to the wax paper and making a big mess.
Now, grab a baking sheet and slowly push against the
blob of cheese mixture...this will form a log.
You can make the log as narrow or fat as you'd like,
depending on how much you push on it.
Now roll up the wax paper and and refrigerate until firm.
After the Cheese Log is chilled, you can unroll and cover
any missed spots with more spice mixture!