Thursday, December 29, 2011

Marinated Cheese

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!

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