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 all.by.yourself. 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!

11 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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