Christmas Appetisers – Italian Cheese Log

delicious festive appetizer
Delicious festive appetizer
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For cheese log:
1 lb Cream Cheese softened
⅓ cup Sour cream
1 tsp Dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Red pepper
1 tsp Red pepper flakes adjust to taste
2 cups Cheddar cheese vegetarian, freshly grated
9 oz Roasted peppers drained and finely chopped
6 oz Salami finely chopped
¾ cup Olives green olives, finely chopped
⅓ cup Green onion finely minced (3 - 4 stalks)
For topping:
7 oz Sun-dried tomatoes strips with oil, roughly chopped
¼ cup Parsley finely chopped or chives
sprigs Rosemary for decoration
Crackers for serving

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Christmas Appetisers – Italian Cheese Log


This Italian Cheese Log is super festive and simple to make. Even better, it is a flavor sensation and it’s a fantastic alternative to expensive store bought cheese platters. If you don’t have any Italian seasoning, you can make your own by mixing ½ a teaspoon each of thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, black pepper.

Making this couldn’t be easier. Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and transfer to a loaf pan and chill until close to serving time. You can make this up to a week in advance. To serve, place strips of sundried tomato on top of the cheese log and garnish with parsley and sprigs of rosemary. Scoop up chunks of cheese with crackers and enjoy!

To make Italian Cheese Log, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Christmas Appetisers – Italian Cheese Log


Prepare loaf pan


Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and line with plastic wrap. Make sure the sides of the plastic wrap hang over the edge of the tin.


Combine ingredients


In a large bowl, mix 1 pound of softened cream cheese, ⅓ cup of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, salt, red pepper/chilli flakes, 2 cups of freshly grated Cheddar, 9 ounces of roasted peppers, drained and finely chopped, 6 ounces of finely chopped salami, ¾ cup of finely chopped green olives and ⅓ cup of finely minced green onion.


Transfer to loaf pan


Transfer the cheese log mixture to a loaf pan and smooth the surface. Press to remove air pockets.


Cover with plastic wrap


Cover with the overhanging plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 1 week.


Transfer to serving platter


Transfer the cheese log to your favorite serving platter and peel away the wrap.


Top with sun dried tomatoes


Top the cheese log with strips of sun dried tomato and drizzle over some of the extra oil.



Serve garnished with parsley and rosemary sprigs. Scoop up the cheese with crackers.

Looking for a delicious Christmas appetizer to feed a crowd? This Italian Cheese Log is the recipe for you! Try it out and don’t forget to tag #cookmerecipes in your posts!

Jeff is a 38-year-old bachelor who prefers not to waste his time on salads and light meals. He’s a true carnivore who knows how to enjoy food to the max! Jeff will tell you how to cook rich and filling meals from scratch, bringing some real meaty decadence to your kitchen. His recipes are sure to satisfy every meat lover!

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