Step up your wine and cheese nights with this game changing appetizer: the cheese log.
I know it may not sound like the most appetizing of low carb appetizers, but let’s discuss — It’s a combo of cream cheese, chives, bacon and cheddar, rolled into a log for an easy yet beautiful slice and spread display.
Serve it with your favorite low carb vegetables or some buttery low carb crackers, and you’ll never throw a party without it again. In my house, it’s a huge hit, for carb lovers and low carb peeps alike. So let’s make a cheese log!
How to Make a Cheese Log
The ingredients for throwing this cheddar cheese log together are simple:
- Cream cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Garlic powder
All you’ve gotta do is mix these ingredients together, place them on a long piece of plastic wrap, and mold/form the cheese log. I like to roll the cheese in plastic wrap along a clean surface until I achieve a smooth shape with rounded edges.
It’s best to refrigerate this for an hour before serving so it can firm up a tad, making it a more sliceable appetizer.
As you can imagine, this recipe makes a large portion. For smaller get togethers, I cut the cheese (hehe) in half and freeze it for the next small get together. Defrosting your log is as simple as leaving it in the fridge over night before your guests arrive!
If you have leftovers, try mixing the ingredients together and serving your cheese log with toast for breakfast! Or stir it into eggs if you’re sticking to low carb recipes.
Cheese Log Variations
As you can see from the instructions, this cheese log recipe is as simple as they come. Which means, you get to be as creative as you’d like with your very own cheese log recipe!
The obvious swaps and variations would be to try different spice combinations — Italian seasoning, onion powder, chili powder, heck everything goes well with cream cheese!
You can also press your favorite ingredients into the cream cheese surface or mix in whatever you’re craving. Here are some cheese log variations worth trying!
1. Crunchy Crust: Pecan Cheese Log
Add some crunch to your cheese log by mixing chopped low carb nuts into the crust. You can do this with pine nuts (less crunchy), pistachios (more crunchy) or pecan (medium crunchy). Up to you and the flavor you’re craving!
2. Spicy Crust: Rolled in Chili Powder
I’m a total wimp with spice, and felt brave adding 1 teaspoon of tabasco to this recipe — admittedly, it doesn’t add much heat at all. If you’re opposite, spice your cheese up! Add some cayenne pepper or chili powder into the mix — either by stirring it in or adding it to the crust.
3. Ranch Dressing Log
Here’s a log recipe paula deen would be proud of — grab a pack of ranch dressing mix and stir it into your the ingredients listed below! The entire packet of ranch dressing mix will make your log ultra salty, try adding half a packet and taste testing until you find the right ratio for you!
4. Cheese Ball Recipe
Why have cheese balls become such a forgot holiday treat? Bring it back by converting this recipe into a cheese ball recipe — all you’ve gotta do is form the cheese combo into a ball shape and serve! Everyone will love this nostalgic variation…
5. Goat Cheese Log
Swap goat cheese with the cream cheese used in this bacon cheese log recipe. Goat cheese has a stronger taste but similar consistency — if that’s what you have in the fridge then go for it.
6. Cranberries in Your Log
Since cheese logs and balls are a traditional holiday appetizer, cranberries are an obvious addition! I skip cranberries as they add 33.1 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup, but if you’re not on a low carb meal plan, then add ‘em on in!
How to Eat This Cheese Log
Whether you’re sticking to a low carb shopping list or not, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your cheese log…
Low Carb Foods:
- Low carb crackers
- Veggie chips: eggplant chips, parsnip chips, etc.
- Low carb bread recipe. Leftover cheese tastes great on toast!
- Stuffed inside stuffed chicken breast.
- Stirred into a low carb quiche, or omelette
Not-So Low Carb Foods:
- Pita chips
This cheese log is essentially an extra tasty variation of cream cheese — so spread it on whatever you enjoy eating cream cheese on! Check out these best cream cheese uses to get inspired.
Easy Cheese Log Recipe
Without further ado, let’s make this best cheese log recipe! The perfect treat for dinner parties, tailgates and girls nights. Enjoy it with wine, crackers or whatever you fancy.
Let me know what you think in the comments below this cheese log recipe, enjoy!
- 12 Slices Bacon divided
- 3/4 Cup Chives divided
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese room temp
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Tabasco add more if you’d like more heat
- 1 Cup Cheddar
- In a large skillet, cook the bacon in batches until crispy.
- Set bacon aside on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess grease.
- Crumble the bacon with your hands. If some pieces won’t crumble, place them on a cutting board and chop them into small pieces.
- Chop the chives.
- In a medium bowl, add softened cream cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper, tabasco, cheddar, ½ cup of chives and half the bacon to the bowl and stir to combine.
- Place a long piece of plastic wrap on a clean counter.
- Place cheese in the center of the plastic wrap and roll/mold the cheese into a log. Then continue to roll it back and forth to smooth out the edges.
- Add remaining bacon and chives to a large plate and mix them together.
- Remove plastic from the cheese, and roll the cheese on the bacon and chives plate, pressing these ingredients evenly into the edge of your cheese log.
- Cheese log can be served with crackers immediately, but is best when it’s able to firm up slightly. To do this place it in the fridge for 1 hour. Enjoy!
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