Side dish recipe for a Goats Cheese and Blue Cheese Log, with walnuts and figs

200 g creamy blue cheese (gorgonzola, Simonzola or similar)
100 g plain, soft goats cheese log (chevin)
2-3 preserved green figs in syrup, drained and cut into small chunks
1 tablespoon (15 ml) brandy
a pinch of ground nutmeg
50 g shelled walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds, for coating on the outside (I’ve used a mixture of black & white, lightly toasted)
melba toast, for serving (or crackers of your choice)
fresh fruit and/or preserves, to serve (optional)

How to
In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the blue cheese, goats cheese, figs, brandy, nutmeg and walnuts using a wooden spoon.

Spoon the chunky mixture onto a sheet of grease-proof baking paper and carefully roll into a neat sausage shape. Place in the fridge to firm up until ready to serve – at least 1 hour.

Spread the sesame seeds out in a thin layer on a large plate. When ready to serve, unroll the cheese log from the wrapping paper, then roll it in the sesame seeds to cover all sides.

Place on a serving board and serve immediately with melba toast or crackers, fresh fruit and preserves.

Recipe courtesy of The Food Fox. Visit the blog for more delicious recipes. Recipe copyright – Ilse van der Merwe. Photo copyright – Tasha Seccombe.

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