Pecan Cheese Logs
Recipe from Family Circle

Include make-ahead appetizers such as these cheddar cheese logs in your party menu. Green chiles and cayenne pepper give a Tex-Mex style to the spread.

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    2   packages 
    (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
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    1 1/2  cups 
    shredded cheddar cheese
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    2   cans 
    (4 ounces each) diced green chiles, drained
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    1/4  cup 
    dried onion flakes, softened in 1/4 cup water
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    1   teaspoon 
    garlic powder
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    cayenne pepper
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    2   cups 
    chopped pecans
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    Crackers, sliced fruit and vegetables for serving

In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chiles, softened onion flakes, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Form into two 8-inch logs, wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
Place nuts on waxed paper and roll each log in the nuts. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers and sliced fruit and veggies.
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