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. 🙂

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!

Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log

Date, Walnut & Blue Cheese Log

Yield: 1 Cheese Log (or ball)
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 8 minutes

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!

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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