Monday, January 17, 2011

Marinated Cheese


 This is a simple party appy that's super easy and convenient because you make it in advance. Cathy's friend, Jane (of Reuben Stromboli fame), makes it all the time and I'm thrilled that she shared it. SO delish and ANYONE can make it! It's ideal for the cooking novice because no cooking skills are needed!  And doesn't it look impressive? It's just as perfect to serve before an elegant dinner as it is to serve when everyone comes over to watch the big game. So, be sure to add this to your party repertoire. Your family and friends will be glad you did! Thanx Sister! And thanx again Jane!

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 (2 ounce) bottle diced pimento, drained (can use chopped roasted peppers, drained)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons minced green onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (8 ounce) package Cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cold

In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the olive oil, wine vinegar, pimento, parsley, green onion, garlic, sugar, basil, salt and pepper. Shake vigorously to blend. Set aside.

Cut the block of Cheddar cheese in half lengthwise. Cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices to form squares. Repeat with cream cheese. Arrange cheese squares alternately in a shallow baking dish with slices standing on edge. You can arrange in a single long row, or 2 parallel rows depending on the size of your dish. Pour the marinade from the jar over the cheese slices, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

To serve, remove slices to a serving platter so they are still arranged in an alternating pattern. Spoon some of the extra marinade over the cheese, and serve with crackers. 

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