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Appetizers / Snacks

Port Wine Cheese Log

Inspired by the cheese balls from your childhood, this easy recipe for Port Wine Cheese Log will have you reminiscing with just one bite. But unlike those cheese balls of days gone by, this is a grown-up version of the classic. No orange and red swirls for this log, just the tawny port enhanced flavor of the cheese and buttery pecans.


12 servings

Total Time

45 minutes

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Port is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. There are four basic categories — vintage (the most expensive), tawny (a blend of grapes aged in wood as long as 40 years), ruby (the least expensive), and white (made from white grapes).


Boil 1 cup port in a saucepan until reduced to 2 Tbsp.

Combine cream cheese, Cheddar, cherries, 1 Tbsp. chives, 2 tsp. port, and nutmeg with a mixer; season with pepper and salt. Stir port syrup into cheese mixture just to swirl (do not fully combine); roll into a 10- to 12-inch log.

Combine pecans and remaining 2 Tbsp. chives; place on a long strip of plastic wrap. Roll cheese log in pecan mixture to coat, then wrap in plastic and chill until ready to serve. Let cheese log come to room temperature before serving.

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