Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log

Prep 8 mins
Add'l 12 hrs
Total 12 hrs 8 mins

This Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log is an easy, make ahead appetizer recipe that is perfect for parties and game night. Serve this cheese appetizer with pretzels or warm crusty bread!

If you love cheese appetizer you should also try this recipe for Honey Pecan Cheese Balls and this Turkey Cheese Ball!

A nut and parsley covered cheese log on a wood board with pretzels

Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log

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. πŸ™‚

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!

Close up of a nut and parsley covered cheese log on a wood board with pretzels

What Does This Blue Cheese Log Taste Like?

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!

Can You Make Cheese Logs Ahead Of Time?

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!

Yield: 1 Cheese Log (or ball)

Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log

Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log with pretzel chips on a wooden board

This Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log is an easy, make ahead appetizer recipe that is perfect for parties and game night. Serve this cheese appetizer with pretzels or warm crusty bread!

Prep Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 8 minutes

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

Instructions

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.

Notes

Adapted from cooking light

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 449mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 8g

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Comments

22 Responses
  1. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

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

  2. Lauren

    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 πŸ™‚

  3. ErinsFoodFiles

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

  4. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

    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 πŸ™‚

  5. Kelsey

    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!

  6. claire @ the realistic nutritionist

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

  7. sweet-lab

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

  8. Janet T.

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

  9. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    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!

  10. Joanne

    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.

  11. Diana @ Sweet y Salado

    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!

  12. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

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

  13. Christine (Cook the Story)

    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.

  14. Sue

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

  15. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

    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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