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Today I thought I'd take break from all the Christmas sweets and share with you one of my most favorite appetizer recipes. It's great any time of year, but I really love to make it around Christmas because it's so festive with the red pimentos & green onions on top!
This is a recipe that I fell in love with from the first time I tried it! One of my dearest friends from college, Ginnie, gave it to me back in our college days and I've used it over and over again since then.
Other than the fact that I just love cheese (in every form imaginable), I love this recipe because it's tangy and bright - and it's made at least a day ahead of time so no worries about last minute preparations if you're making it for a party!
Here's what you'll need when you're ready to make this delicious cheese appetizer:
- 8 oz. block of Kraft Natural Cheese Chunk Cheese, Medium or Sharp Cheddar
- 8 oz. brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- 4 oz. jar of diced pimentos (do not drain)
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. chopped green onions (4-5 sprigs)
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ tsp. dried basil
- 3 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 tsp. sugar
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- Crackers, for serving
I was able to grab everything I needed at Walmart:
Okie-dokie... now it's time to put this appetizer together.
Grab your cutting board, a pretty platter, and begin slicing up the cheeses. To make the "logs" of cheese, you'll want to cut slices of each kind of cheese, then stack them alternating. I cut the slices a little less than ¼" thick and I like to stand them up when I'm stacking; it's just easier to stack them than way than trying to line them up lying flat.
When you get it as long (tall) as you want (or it won't stand up anymore 😉 ), lay the whole stack over on your platter. I used a square platter, and did 2 strips of cheeses. You could also use one long and narrow platter!
Now you need to make up the marinade! Grab a small bowl or I used a large glass measuring cup and begin adding in all of the remaining ingredients. First I poured in the pimentos (juice and all!), the olive oil, and the white vinegar. I also went ahead and chopped up the green onions.
Grab the spices and garlic and green onions and dump those into the liquid...
... then use a fork to whisk it all up! As soon as you've got it all mixed, go ahead and pour it over the cheese:
And that's it - the Marinated Cheese is done! Well... except for the marinating.
Cover it tight with plastic wrap and stick it in the frig overnight to let the marinate really soak into the cheese.
When you're ready to serve it, remove the plastic wrap and set out a variety of crackers!
I daresay, this Marinated Cheese Appetizer will gobbled up faster than you can say "Christmas"! Enjoy!
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