Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Party pleaser, hostess gift shoe-in, great snack idea!

So we talked about the peanut butter bread, and how it'd be great not only for the kids for snack time, but also as a great hostess gift. We're headed into that holiday season, when we not only have to think about "gift giving on a budget" but also hostess gifts, party menus, things for those unexpected guests at holiday time and just "stuff" for the kids to snack on. So here's another "crowd pleaser" and a way to save some money on those Hickory Farm cheese balls everyone loves so much.

White Cheddar Cheese Log

1 8 oz cream cheese
4 oz aged white cheddar, shredded to yield about 1 cup (finely shredded)
1/4 c. butter
1 T. half and half
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 c. finely chopped pecans; toasted (or you can buy them already toasted)
1/4 c. finely chopped green onions

Topping:
2/3 c. chopped parsley, green onions, or pecans

Leave your cream cheese and butter out about 30 minutes (room temperature). Mix cream cheese, cheddar, and butter. Add half & half and Worcestershire sauce. beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in 1/3 c. pecans, 1/4 c. green onions. Cover and freeze for 15-20 minutes or just until mixture is easy to handle. Shape into a log. Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate. To serve, let stand about 15 minutes, then roll in your choice of the toppings.

At a party, this would be great served with some crackers (of course), some fruit and a nice crisp Chardonnay. Maybe a couple other types of cheese as well, for a variety. But this cheese log is MUCH cheaper to make than one you may buy ready made and will TASTE a lot fresher.

It's great to have something fun and festive to pull out of the fridge in the event of unexpected guests...and it's nice to make something yourself for gifts, or have little special items like this at your holiday parties. This is my favorite time of year, it's fun to try new recipes, have friends and family over, host holiday parties (and attend them, taking along a hostess gift makes you a favorite guest!). Enjoy this time, it goes by so quickly. If you have holiday recipes you'd like to share, please send them to me.

Food quote: Salt is mentioned in the Bible more times than any other spice or food.

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