Fruited Holiday Cheese Logs

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Total Time
1hr
Prep
30 mins
Cook
30 mins

Three rich and luscious fruits flavor a soft, mellow cheese blend that is rolled in toasted almonds. From "Christmas Cooking From the Heart by BHG". Chill time is not included in prep or cook time.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. In a small bowl soak apricots, raisins, and dates in enough hot water to cover for about 30 minutes or until softened. Drain well; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, place Monterey Jack cheese and cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Add orange juice to cheeses in bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until well combined.
  4. Stir in drained apricots, raisins, dates, and salt.
  5. Divide mixture in half.
  6. Shape one portion of the cheese mixture into a log about 5 inches long. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture.
  7. Cover (with wax paper or plastic wrap) and chill logs for 4 to 24 hours.
  8. Before serving, roll each log in toasted almonds.
  9. Serve with assorted crackers and/or apple slices.
  10. NOTE: TO TOAST ALMONDS.
  11. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan.
  12. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until pieces are golden brown, stirring once or twice.
  13. Cool completely.
  14. Store in airtight container for up to 4 weeks.