June 23, 2011

Marinated Cheese {Party Series 4}

Colorful ... beautiful ... absolutely delicious ... and always the hit of the party.  This Marinated Cheese may just be the most perfect party food around.

You know those dishes that are always the first ones gobbled up at a party?  And that you always seem to be giving out the recipe?  This Marinated Cheese is one of those.  Yup, this is always the hit of the party!  And it was no exception at Mom's wine tasting party. 

And just who would think of marinating cheese??  Well, apparently the really wonderful Southern Living team.  I love them.  So here's how to make their marinated cheese.

Mix up their really colorful marinade ...

... cut up cream cheese and cheddar cheese and line it up in an alternating pattern like this:

Pour the marinade over the cheese slices, ...

... and then refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  When it comes time to impress your guests, transfer the marinated cheese to a platter and spoon the marinade over the top.  And I have a feeling your guests will be impressed! ... this is colorful, beautiful, and absolutely delicious.

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Marinated Cheese
1 (8 oz.) block sharp cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese

1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. white wine vinegar
3 T. chopped fresh parsley
3 T. minced green onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (2 oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1.  Combine all marinade ingredients in a jar; cover tightly and shake vigorously.  Set aside.

2.  Make sure cheeses are well-chilled (I put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes).  Cut block of cheddar in half lengthwise; then cut crosswise into 1/4"-thick slices.  Set aside.  Cut the cream cheese, following the same procedure.  Arrange cheese slices alternately in a shallow baking dish, standing slices on edges.  

3.  Pour marinade over cheese slices.  Cover and refrigerate at least eight hours.

4.  To serve, transfer cheese slices to a serving platter in the same alternating pattern.  Spoon marinade over the cheese.  Serve with assorted crackers.


The {Party Series} Posts:
My Mom Throws a Great Party! {Party Series 1}
Grand Marnier & Spiced Rum Fruit Dip {Party Series 2}
Antipasto Platter with Grape Tomato & Caper Salad {Party Series 3}
Marinated Cheese {Party Series 4}
Mini Mocha-Toffee Crunch Cheesecakes {Party Series 5}
Raspberry Chocolate Truffles & Drunken Cherries {Party Series 6}
Raspberry-Almond, Caramel-Walnut, & Lemon-Coconut Bars {Party Series 7}
Toasted Pesto Rounds {Party Series 8}


  1. I saw this recipe or one like it in a holiday appetizer booklet... wonder if it was published by Southern Living! Good to know it is so good. Would love for you to link it in our
    Star Recipes Collection!

  2. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it.


  3. Oh wow! That is fabulous. And SO easy!! On my must-make list.

  4. Trying this weekend at our dinner party. Hope mine looks and taste as good as yours! Found you by way of ftlob...stop by sometime and say hello...


  5. Oh my goodness! Saving this one for the picnic too!
    You are awesome!

  6. Oooooooo... yummo! I bet that marinade would be great on other cheeses too. Oh yes, I think I'll try it. Wow.


  7. Now, that is a great snack! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. This looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

  9. With a "Southern Living" pedigree, I know this is wonderful! My husband would go crazy over this. I'm going to add this to my holiday to-do list. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  10. Well, I would never have thought to marinate cheese but this looks amazing! I can't wait to try this.

  11. This is gorgeous!!!! I am totally pinning this for later :)

  12. Love this for an easy Super Bowl snack! Pinning now! :)

  13. Tracey,
    This will be a great party tray for the upcoming Big Game Day. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I've only ever seen feta or bocaccino marinated. This is so smart; what a great party dish, it looks delish and so pretty.

  15. You had me at marinated cheese. ;o)

  16. This is such a crowd pleaser and so pretty too.

  17. Thank you for sharing at our Ladies Night Cocktail Link Party!

  18. Replies
    1. Hi, Brenda! The marinade is real easy to make ... just combine all the marinade ingredients (listed under the "Marinade" subtitle in the recipe above) in a jar and shake them up. Enjoy!

  19. This may be a strange question...but, do you serve these on crackers or just with toothpicks/appetizer forks?
    It looks DELISH & I WILL be making this for the Holidays!! Yumm!

    1. Oh, this is a super recipe for the holidays, Dawn! Serve it with assorted crackers ... it's especially good with a 'basic' butter/club cracker. Enjoy!

  20. I made this for my Christmas party last night. The only change I made was mozzarella in place of cheddar. Only because it was for Christmas so the red and green stood out more. Great recipe everyone loved it. Thanks presentation outstanding!!!

  21. Hi Tracey, I made this last night for our Christmas Party. I used an old English Cheddar and a sharp american cheddar. It was a huge hit! People were raving over it. It is going on regular rotation at parties now.

    1. So glad you and your guests loved it, Christie!

  22. Why do I need to marinate it on one plate and transfer to another later? Can I just marinate it on the serving platter so it's all ready to go?

    1. If you plan on serving it in a deep dish with sides, by all means you can serve it in the dish you marinate it in. If you plan on serving it on a flat platter, the marinade will run all over the place. I marinate in a casserole-type dish so the cheese sits in a deep pool of marinade, then transfer the cheese to a flat platter {for a nicer presentation} and spoon just a little of the marinade over the top.

  23. Love it! Great idea with alternating the cream cheese and cheddar. Love the marinade and it would be just perfect with a glass of wine or two. Take care, BAM

  24. I actually got this recipe from a co-worker... at a party. It's as easy and delicious as it sounds! Love it!

  25. I wonder how this would taste using goat cheese?

  26. This is so beautiful and can't wait to add it to my Cheesy Round Up!

  27. I don't understand how you eat it tho.....use toothpicks or cocktail forks to transfer cheese to cracker?

    1. I place a spreader, cheese knife, or small by the platter to use for transferring the cheese to crackers.


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