Marinated Cheese Bites

Marinated Cheese Bites, an easy dip version of the popular Marinated Cheese Block.  Combine all the marinade in a jar and pour over the cheese bites.  Gloriously delicious at any gathering.

Marinated Cheese

This make ahead appetizer recipe for Marinated Cheese Bites was introduced to me by a friend I met at a scrapbook retreat this past weekend.

She adapted the recipe from a popular recipe on Pinterest where you marinate layers of Sharp Cheddar cheese in between cream cheese.  Rather than layer it, she cut the cheese into bite size pieces and tossed them in the marinade.

Marinated Cheese

This is a very colorful and tasty appetizer with a great presentation, and I think because of all the colors it makes a great holiday appetizer.

Marinated Cheese Bites are a gloriously tangy, rich, and creamy dip you can serve with crackers, tortilla chips, or crusty bread.

Marinated Cheese

If you are going to a party and need to bring an appetizer, but you want something different.  You want something easy, but more than anything you want to wow your guest.  This is the appetizer for you!  It's not only tasty.   It's easy, and it's absolutely Gorgeous!



Marinated Cheese Bites
Adapted from:  Sandy Lumley

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro)
  • 8 green onions thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon basil paste
  • 2 oz. pimentos, diced (or red roasted bell pepper, diced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 8 oz. chilled sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz. chilled cream cheese, cubed


Directions:
In a glass, bowl, add cheddar cheese and cream cheese, toss gently; cover and set aside in the refrigerator.

Combine first 10 ingredients, blending thoroughly with a wire whisk until all ingredients are incorporated well.  Immediately pour over cheese.

Gently fold marinate around cheese being careful not to mash the cream cheese.  Refrigerate 8 to 24 hours before serving.

Garnish with parsley and serve with crackers.

Cook's Note:  To make it easier to cube the Sharp Cheddar cheese and cream cheese place in the freezer 10-15 minutes before cutting into cubes.



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11 comments :

  1. I've made the layered version for years - making it like this never occurred to me. Much easier. BTW - I agree it's wonderful!!!

    Happy New Year!

    Leann

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    1. You are going to love the simplicity...Happy New Year!

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  2. I pinned this. We are pretty much through with partying, but I did not want to forget for our next gathering. Happy New Year.

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    1. I made my a little late this year…looking forward to making it for our Super Bowl gathering :) Happy New Year!

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  3. This looks like the perfect party appetizer, especially because it's so easy! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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  4. Oh man I love cheese so this looks like a fantastic recipe to me. Thanks for sharing it! Going to add it to my pinterest board.

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  5. Mmm, looks yummy. I love marinated cheese, and your recipe looks quick and easy- perfect. :)

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  6. I really need to try this! So simple and I bet delicious! :)

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  8. This looks so delicious! I bet the cream cheese is amazing:)

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    1. It is amazing! Thank you for stopping by….

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