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.