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Marinated Cheese

marinated-cheese-recipe Follow Me on Pinterest Isn’t this a beautiful appetizer?  My friends and neighbors, Jillian and Thad brought it over not too long ago for us to snack on while we finished grilling dinner…and it was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!  Jillian gladly let me snap a quick picture and jot down the recipe.  This marinated cheese appetizer is easy to put together and can be done the night before.  It’s one of those dishes that is not only eye catching, but a favorite at parties.  You might want to make extra, because it goes fast!

*Important Note:  Jillian suggests using a cheese wire slicer like this one for smoothly sliced cheese.  Also, she places the cream cheese in the freezer for about 10-20 minutes prior to slicing to firm it up and allow for more even cuts of this soft cheese.

wire-cheese-slicer Follow Me on Pinterest Try this great appetizer at your next party!  It’s perfect for a wine tasting party too!

Marinated Cheese

Marinated Cheese


  • 1 (8 oz.) block sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • Marinade:
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/3 c. white wine vinegar
  • 3 T. chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 T. chopped fresh basil
  • 3 T. minced green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (2 oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 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 (you can put them in the freezer for about 10-20 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 ends. Pour marinade over cheese slices. Cover and refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight.
  3. To serve, transfer cheese slices, with a large spatula, to a serving platter in the same alternating pattern. Spoon marinade over the cheese. Serve with assorted crackers.

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Jennifer Locklin is the writer of Jennifer Cooks, a vibrant food blog that features all kinds of recipes from home cooking to foods from around the world. She is passionate about cooking and food photography.


  1. Jessica

    This is a wonderful appetizer! I love that you can make this the night before!
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  2. L-J from Hot Plate Reviews says:

    Hmm, what is it about cheese? I love cheese and this looks awesome. There’s also lots of room with this recipe to play around with the marinade. Thanks for sharing. I’ve saved the recipe and will try it out before the summer ends.
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  3. Heather

    what am amazing idea! I never would have thought to marinate cheese – look gorgeous also
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  4. Gerry from Foodness Gracious

    What a great idea, I love the flavors used in the topping and what a handy way of slicing cheese :)
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  5. Melly Schug says:

    This is so delicious. I hope I could also make this at home for my mom and dad.
    I am sure they will love this. This is so tempting.

  6. Anna from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    How fun! We love cheese as appetizer so this little tool would be used a lot! Love your marinated cheese recipe – something I would love to try. Thank you for sharing, Jennifer!
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  7. kevin from flipfloptables says:

    Great idea, I’ve never heard of marinating cheese but this looks tasty definitely will have to try it out. As someone else mentioned it looks like there is plenty of room to adjust the recipe to the cooks taste as well, making this recipe even better.

  8. Chris from Grocery App says:

    Yum! I’m not a breakfast person, but this could change my mind! Cant wait for the new issue
    ;-) )

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