Christmas Olive Cheese Log

by Country Spoon

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, dishes to pass and grazing. Try this simple soft cheese spread packed with flavorful black olives, kalamata and Spanish manzanilla olives.  Easy to prepare and guaranteed to be a hit.  Merry celebrating!

Christmas Olive Cheese Log:

1  16 oz. container light cream cheese

1 c. crumbled blue cheese

1  6 oz. can pitted black olives – drained and chopped

1/2 c. Spanish manzanilla olives – drained and chopped

1/2 c. pitted kalamata olives – drained and chopped

1/4 c. sweet vadalia onion – finely chopped

In a stand mixer bowl, combine cream cheese and blue cheese. Cream together on low speed until blended. Drain and chop all of the olives and pat dry with some paper towels. Add olives to mixer bowl. Finely chop onion and add to olive cheese mixture and mix on low speed until combined, scraping sides of bowl when needed. Roll out wax paper on counter and add cheese mixture on top of paper. Fold up one side of the paper to flatten down and ball and press and roll into a log form. Chill in refrigerator for several hours.  Serve with crackers or toasted pitas.