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marinated cheese

Marinated Cheese

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Marinated
  • Cuisine: American


Yep, it's a thing. Your guests will be blown away by this colorful, delicious, unique appetizer! Super flavorful and easy to make!


  • 1 (8 oz) block sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp green onions, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 C extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 C white wine vinegar
  • 1 (2 oz.) jar diced pimientos,drained
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper


  1. Start by slicing up 8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese and 8 oz of cream cheese. *See notes
  2. Arrange your cheese slices standing on edge in alternating order of cheddar cheese then cream cheese squares on your platter. The marinade is a little liquidy so make sure your platter has rounded edges to prevent a mess!
  3. Prepare the marinade by mixing 3 Tbsp parsley, 3 Tbsp basil, 3 Tbsp minced green onions, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/2 C olive oil, 1/2 C white wine vinegar, 2 oz jar of diced and drained pimientos, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a small jar (I used a 12 oz jar). Shake well.
  4. Pour the marinade over the cheese slices, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Before serving, spoon the extra marinade over the cheese. Use a small cheese spatula spreader to serve a slice of cheddar and cream cheese on a cracker. Top with a little extra marinade, if you wish.
  6. Enjoy!


Before slicing cheese, place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to chill and make them easier to slice. Cut each block in half lengthwise, then slice crosswise into 1/4 inch thick squares. (I highly recommend a quality cheese slicer for this part! Links in post!)

Pro tip: Slice the cream cheese in two separate batches, placing the second half in the freezer while you slice the first so it doesn't soften too quickly!

Keywords: make-ahead party appetizer, no cook Holiday appetizer, marinated cheese, unique food, dinner party

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