Friday, December 9, 2011

What's Red and Green and Delicious?

Marinated cheese! I first had this at a neighbor's bbq and it was one of those appetizers that you wanted to carry off in a corner and eat Know what I'm talking about? I stood for an extended time in front of the tray of cheese goodness... eating a Cheddar one, and a Mozzarella one, and a Colby-Jack one. Marinated in a delicious olive oil, wine vinegar and roasted red pepper mixture, it's one of those appetizers that makes a lot-- that's a good thing because you're going to be asked to bring this to every party after your friends taste it!

Marinated Cheese  PRINT RECIPE
2 blocks (8 ounces each) white cheddar cheese
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1 tablespoon sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Toasted sliced French bread or assorted crackers
1. Slice each block of cheddar cheese into twenty 1/4-in. slices. Cut each block of cream cheese into 18 slices; sandwich between cheddar slices, using a knife to spread evenly. Create four 6-in.-long blocks of cheese; place in a 13-in. x 9-in. covered dish. I use a Rubbermaid container for marinating and storing. Trust me, it won't last long!
2. In a small bowl, combine the roasted peppers, oil, vinegars, onions, herbs, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper; pour over cheese.
3. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once. Drain excess marinade. Serve cheese with bread or crackers. Yield: about 2 pounds.
Have a great weekend!


  1. Sounds good and looks good...I will save this one:)

  2. OMG.. never heard of it... sounds sinfully good!!....

  3. Well here I live in the 'dairy' state, and have NEVER heard of marinated cheese. I am copying your recipe and bringing it to the next gathering where an appetizer is in order. This sounds so good. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This one is being saved for sure!
    Why am I not following you? I'll fix that right away.

  5. A great recipe especially since new years is almost here, and i love cheese so thank you for this one! Richard

  6. Goodness gracious, I'm sending this one straight to my kids! Tis the season and all that! Thank you!

  7. My family loves cheese! I think I will try this one over New Years.

  8. I can't believe this one! I'm passing it on to my daughter who LOVES cheese!...:)JP

  9. Wow. this is amazing just like my great Wine Gift. This one is being saved for sure!


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