Cheese Ball or Cheese Log for Entertaining
I think I know your first question… “Are those walnuts RED?” Yes!
I came across them at my grocery store and was so intrigued, I just had to try a sample. They are not dyed or genetically modified, rather created using natural methods of grafting Persian red-skinned walnuts onto larger and creamier English walnuts. Red walnuts are only red on the inside, the tree and the shells look just like your typical English Walnuts.
This recipe can be rolled into a cheese log or cheese ball, whichever you prefer! I used the red walnuts, rolled them into a log and will call it my “Red Carpet Cheese Log” for an Oscar get-together this weekend.
Keep reading for the recipe…
Of course, this recipe would be just as delicious with traditional walnuts as well. One thing I do recommend is toasting the walnuts before rolling the cheese log. This brings out the oils in the nuts and enhances the flavor.
There are 3 ways to toast walnuts:
1) Oven: Spread chopped walnuts evenly onto a baking sheet or in a shallow pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir several times for even toasting. (Be sure to keep an eye on them, they burn easily.)
2) Skillet: In a large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, heat walnuts until lightly toasted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
3) Microwave: In a glass pie plate spread walnuts in a single layer. Microwave on HIGH for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
Walnut White Cheddar Cheese Log
3 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon dry sherry
1 cup toasted walnut pieces
1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except walnuts. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Remove to medium bowl; cover and chill until slightly firm. Shape into 7 inch log.
2. Roll in toasted walnuts to coat evenly. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm. Allow to warm to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. May be kept in refrigerator for up to 5 days.