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Pesto-Cheese Logs

YIELD Makes 2 logs

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup walnuts, toasted*
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup prepared pesto
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons finely shredded carrot
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Assorted crackers
*To toast walnuts, spread in single layer on baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.

PREPARATION:

  1. Process walnuts in food processor, using on/off pulsing action until walnuts are ground, but not pasty. Remove from food processor; set aside.
  2. Process cream cheese, pesto and feta cheese in food processor until smooth. Spread 3/4 cup cheese mixture on waxed paper and form 4-inch log. Wrap waxed paper around cheese log. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture. Refrigerate logs at least 4 hours, until well chilled. Roll each chilled log to form 5-inch log.
  3. Combine walnuts and pepper. Roll 1 log in nut mixture to coat. Combine 2 tablespoons carrot and 2 tablespoons parsley. Roll remaining log in carrot mixture to coat. Serve immediately, or wrap and refrigerate up to a day before serving. To serve, thinly slice log and serve with crackers. Garnish as desired.
This recipe appears in: Cheese Appetizers

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