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Aged Cheddar Cheese Log with Thyme, Mustard and Walnuts

8 servings
Appetizers

Characteristics

Gluten Free No Added Sugars Vegetarian

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

247
Calories
7.6 g
Protein
3.3 g
Carbs
1 g
Fibre
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Nutritional Facts

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
  • Calories 247
  • Fat 23.5 g
    • Saturated   10.3 g
    • + Trans 
  • Cholesterol 47 mg
  • Sodium   196 mg
  • Carbohydrate 3.3 g
    • Fibre   1 g
    • Sugars  
  • Protein 7.6 g
    • Vitamin A 16 %
    • Vitamin C 2 %
    • Calcium 12 %
    • Iron 6 %

Method

Place the cream cheese in a bowl and beat until lightened. Mix in the remaining ingredients, except walnuts. Spread the nuts on a plate. Lightly dampen your hands with cold water and shape the cheese mixture into a 2-inch round log. Coat the log with nuts, gently pressing them on to help them adhere. Wrap and refrigerate the cheese log at least 2 hours to firm up. Keep refrigerated until needed; can be made a day in advance of serving.

Note: To coarsely crush the walnuts, place them in a thick plastic bag and set on a cutting board. Use a kitchen hammer to crush the walnuts into smaller, but still visible pieces.

Recipe Options: Instead of shallot, use an equal amount of finely chopped red onion in this recipe. If you prefer their taste, instead of walnuts use pecan pieces to coat the cheese log. For even more flavour, add dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce to the cheese mixture before forming it into a log.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this rich-tasting cheese log with crackers or sliced baguette to spread it on. If you like white wine, a BC Riesling or Gewürztraminer should pair well with this spicy-mustard-flavoured creation.

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