This is one of my very favorite recipes. This is one of the recipes you can be creative with and do just about whatever you want. I love it because you can make it ahead and it is so festive. It is also makes a great gift in a cute jar with a baguette. I like serving this with baguette slices because the baguette soaks up all of the juicy goodness. Give this one a try and be creative!
(once again, I apologize - picture was taken with my phone. I hope you get the general idea.! This is the Marinated Cheese with the kalamata olives.
Marinated Cheese #1
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup Paul Newman's Family Italian Dressing (or other favorite Italian)
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup roasted red pepper strips, chopped
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp dried basil (throw in some fresh if you have it)
1/2 tsp salt
16 - 26 oz of different cubed cheeses (fresh mozzerella pearls, white sharp cheddar, smoked gouda - mix orange and white cheeses)
Mix together and store in a container with a nice seal. This is best if marinated for at least six hours or overnight. Serve with your favorite baguette slices.
Marinated Cheese #2
I saw this version in a Southern Living Christmas Cookbook. It is pretty much the same concept but they put a jar of pitted kalamata olives with the cheeses and instead of making the dressing, they used a bottle of Paul Newman's olive oil dressing. I also loved this variety but then I am a huge olive fan!