Marinated Cheese {By Amanda Jane Brown}


Hey there!  I’m Amanda, and it is such a joy to be here with you today at Beneath My Heart!  Traci and I met at The Relevant Conference last year.   I’d love for you to stop by my online home, Amanda Jane Brown (previously My Heart’s Desire Blog), where you will find affordable ways to to create memories using simple seasonal décor, everyday recipes, and family traditions.

You probably have favorite recipes enjoyed only during the Holidays, and today, I’ll share one of ours!  Crowd-pleasing Marinated Cheese is a perfect Christmas appetizer, although it certainly can be enjoyed year-round.  The blend of delicious flavors, the beautiful colors, and unique presentation make it an extra special addition to any Holiday gathering!

Marinated Cheese Appetizer

Marinated Cheese

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

3 T. chopped fresh or dried parsley

3 T. minced green onions

1 t. sugar

3/4 t. dried basil

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (2 oz) jar diced pimiento, drained

1 (8oz) block sharp cheddar cheese, chilled

1 (8oz) block pkg cream cheese, chilled (for best results, freeze for 15 min before cutting)

Combine first 10 ingredients in tightly covered container and shake vigorously. Set aside.

Cut blocks of Cheddar and cream cheese in half lengthwise. Then, cut both crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices (Cheddar shown); Set aside.  *If cream cheese softens too quickly, pop it back in the freezer for a few minutes to firm.

marinated cheese appetizer

Next, stand alternating cheese slices in a shallow dish, creating two rows. (You may have a few extra cheddar slices).

marinated cheese appetizer

Pour marinade over cheese. Cover and marinate in fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.

marinated cheese appetizer

To serve, transfer (by hand) rows of marinated cheese to a serving platter, reserving marinade. Spoon leftover marinade over cheese slices.

marinated cheese appetizer

Serve with assorted crackers (We love Triscuits with this appetizer!)

marinated cheese appetizer

Yield: 16 appetizer servings.

marinated cheese appetizer

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Thank you so much, Amanda!!! This looks amazing!

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Have a blessed day!


  1. I got this very recipe from a friend about 5 years ago and have been making this for Christmas parties ever since! Love the festive colors and everyone I’ve introduced it to loves it! Thanks for sharing!

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