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Marinated Cheese

This special appetizer always makes it to our neighborhood parties and is the first to disappear at the buffet table. It's attractive, delicious—and easy! —Laurie Casper, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + marinating
  • Makes
    about 2 pounds


  • 2 blocks (8 ounces each) white cheddar cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Assorted crackers or toasted sliced French bread


  • Slice each block of cheddar cheese into twenty 1/4-in. slices. Cut each block of cream cheese into 18 slices. Create four 6-in.-long blocks of stacked cheeses, sandwiching 9 cream cheese slices between 10 cheddar slices for each stack. Place in a 13x9-in. dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the roasted peppers, oil, vinegars, onions, herbs, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper; pour over cheese stacks.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning cheese blocks once. Drain excess marinade. Serve cheese with crackers or toasted bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce-weight: 121 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Brenda
    Mar 7, 2019

    You cant have bread or crackers on keto?????

  • Beema
    Jan 16, 2018

    These are excellent, made as written., and I have made them several times before. The last time I wanted to make them, and had no time to go to the store, I was out of cream cheese, so I put a slice of luncheon ham meat between the pieces of cheddar, I cut the cheddar pieces into cubes as opposed to rectangles, used toothpicks to hold them together, and did not put them on slices of bread or crackers. This alternate version was equally as good.. it is the marinade on the cheddar - that's the key to the success of this easy appetizer.

  • mccinc2
    Jul 14, 2012

    Asolutely delicious! Works well with Wheat Thins or bacquette bread. I made the day before so it had plenty of time to marinade, a real hit at parties.

  • marnie12
    Dec 24, 2011

    My 11 year old daughter made this to bring to Christmas Eve dinner and got rave reviews 2 years in a row. Definitely takes some time to combine the cheeses and smooth out the "stacks", but well worth it!

  • gyzmo8
    Mar 26, 2011

    Took this to a family reunion today. It was a big hit!! Just happened to have a copy of the recipe with me. People wanted it!

  • leo4js
    Nov 5, 2010

    I heard about this recipe from a co-worker who brought it in to work. I tried it for a get together and it was gone quickly. Its so good you just can't walk to far from it without going back to get more. If you love cheese you gotta try this recipe! Yummy!

  • csfosn
    Oct 26, 2010

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  • Eagle00072
    Jan 17, 2010

    Excellent taste! I purchase my cheese from a stand at a farmers market. Every year for Christmas he cuts cheddar that has been aged for 25 years. I purchased extra which I also used in this recipe. This receipe is a keeper.

  • glendamatthes
    Jan 15, 2010

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  • koriap
    Dec 31, 2009

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