Today was our friend’s bridal shower and I brought a cheese log, cheese spread, Crasins, cheddar cheese and crackers.
For the cheese log, this was the recipe I followed:
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted Pecans, divided
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Mix cream cheese, Parmesan and 1/4 cup nuts.
- Shape into 8-inch log. Roll in combined remaining nuts and parsley; press gently into log to secure.
I did not toast the Pecans like they said; to form it into a log, use plastic wrap. Source of recipe: http://www.kraftbrands.com/philly/recipes/Pages/Recipe-Detail.aspx?recipeId=107845
The other recipe I followed came from this website and was shared by a woman name Janet: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cheesespreads/r/bl30629z.htm
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- 3 medium cloves garlic
- 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- fresh basil leaves for garnish
In food processor, process basil and garlic until finely chopped. Add cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, walnuts, and olive oil; process until smooth. Transfer spread mixture to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Both recipes were really good! The Basil Cheese Spread is basically a pesto made with walnuts mixed in with cream cheese. I thought about putting carrots and celery with this one too. I did not have time, but I am sure that would have been a hit.
3 garlic cloves blended in the food processor does release a good amount of their oils. That being said, if you want to get by with 2, it can certainly work. The dip by itself without a cracker has a garlic punch to it (which I personally find it amazing in taste). When you add a cracker or something else, it tames the garlic and does not seem as strong. Again, it is up to the person making this, but I found everyone really liked the dip as is.
Add some Crasins, cheddar cheese and parsley to garnish and you are all set! The Crasins tasted really good too with the cheese log on a cracker. Basically it’s the same concept as fruit (grapes, wine) and cheese, just with cranberries and cream cheese.