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Pepper Pepperoni Cheese Log
I have always adored the flavor of pepperoni, sweet bell peppers, and cheese together. Beyond the fact that they make a fabulous pizza topping, they make a great flavor combination for other dishes. This is a colorful, flavorful cheese log that is very different from your average cheese log. You can also make this into a simple spread or cheese ball. Another way I like to make this log is to mix in the minced pepper, roll the mixture into a log, and then roll the log in a mixture of fresh minced parsley and basil leaves. This recipe can be made several days in advance.
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
1 ounce minced pepperoni
5 minced scallions
2 finely minced bell peppers
Beat the cream cheese until very soft and creamy. Add the mustard and spices and mix well to combine. Mix in the provolone cheese, pepperoni, and scallions until well incorporated. Place the mixture on a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a log. Chill for one hour. Roll the log in the minced bell peppers and chill for at least another hour. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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