In France, entertaining at home almost always includes a variety of cheeses. Sometimes, the cheeses are displayed in wedges, other times, the cheeses are decorated in dried fruit and nuts, like this cranberry cheese log.
You can find the cheeses already decorated as such in some French markets, which is where I got the inspiration for this cranberry cheese log I’m sharing with you today.
I chose to decorate my cheese log with dried cranberries because they’re one of my favorite ingredients to use during the holiday season.
Whenever fall rolls around, I stock up on dried cranberries, and use them to add delicious flavor to my salads, oatmeal, baked goods, and party appetizers. They make all the difference, and you can definitely see that with a simple, yet irresistible recipe like this cranberry cheese log.
If you’ve tried these cranberries before, then you’ll know what I mean when I say they’re both sweet and slightly tart, and perfectly plump with just the right amount of chewy.
The cheese that I chose to roll my dried cranberries in was a honey-laced chèvre, but you can easily use plain chèvre or another soft cheese. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, cream cheese would work just as well.
If you’re using cream cheese, you’ll want to let it soften a bit on the counter so that you can place the block on a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap, and roll the block into a log shape. Then you can refrigerate it again to help it solidify for clean slices when serving.
Whatever cheese you use, it’s nice to sprinkle a little bit of ground cinnamon onto the cheese before you roll it into a plate of dried cranberries. That’s literally all! It’s such an easy, yet festive plate to prepare for guests this holiday season.
I love this cranberry cheese log so much that I’ll sometimes just make one to store in the fridge for snacking throughout the week!
- 8 oz log of goat cheese/chèvre
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Craisins® Dried Cranberries
- Crackers, to serve with
- Unwrap the cheese log and sprinkle a small pinch of ground cinnamon over each "side" of the cheese log - about 1 tsp total of ground cinnamon.
- If the cheese log is really cold, allow it to slightly warm so that it's stickier. This will make it easier to stick the dried cranberries on. Pour a large handful of dried cranberries onto your work surface and roll the cheese log into the dried cranberries. Now, grab a few dried cranberries at a time, and gently press them into the gaps on the cheese log, applying enough pressure to get them to stick.
- If you're serving your cheese log immediately, place it on your serving plate with crackers. Otherwise, wrap the cheese log in wax paper like a tootsie roll, twisting the ends of the wax paper. Refrigerate the cheese until ready to serve.
To use cream cheese instead: Place an 8 oz. block of room temperature cream cheese onto a sheet of wax paper. Wrap the cheese in the wax paper, and use your hands to mold the cheese into a cylinder. Roll the cheese back and forth like you would a rolling pin to smooth out the log. Wrap the cheese in plastic wrap until it's cool and firm to the touch - about 30 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180