Schermer's Tomato Pecan Cheese Log

Schermer's Tomato Pecan Cheese Log

A recipe from our Schermer Family cookbook, this flavorful cheese log is pretty enough for a cocktail party but a crowd pleaser at any event from post-hunt picnic to tailgating.

Tomato Cheese Log

1 cup of drained canned whole tomoatoes

1 (8oz) pkg. of cream cheese, softened

8 oz Cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups)

1/2 cup of butter, softened

1/2 cup of chopped onion

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon of salt

8 oz chopped Schermer pecans

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

fresh chopped tomatoes for garnish

* some additional mix-ins to consider: chiffonade of basil, chopped chives, substitute spring onion for regular onion

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cheeses, butter, onion, garlic, salt and cayenne.  Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.  Spoon onto a larger piece of wax paper.  Roll with wax paper to form a log shape.  Place in freezer 1 hour or until firm.  Remove wax paper and smooth log shape.  Cover with chopped pecans and garnish with bits of fresh tomato. Note: you can roast the pecans for an even nuttier flavor.  Serve with crackers.