Nine years ago, I first posted this marinated cheese recipe and it’s been a fan favorite ever since. While it presents like a gourmet crowd pleaser, it’s easy enough for all of us to make. Since I first posted this, stores have started selling cheese cut up in perfect squares for us. Yes, food hospitality keeps getting easier, but no, I still haven’t updated these old phone pictures. 🙂
Growing up in the good ‘ole dairy state of Wisconsin, I assumed I had sampled every version of cheese appetizer known to munchers like myself. Obviously not because this unbelievably delicious make ahead marinated cheese appetizer is TO DIE FOR and I am not even a huge cold sliced cheese fan. (Ducking now. Blasphemy to my home state.)
My friend introduced this unique make ahead appetizer recipe to me and she mentioned it is her “Go to” appetizer for every event. For years, people have requested it and I know why. Do NOT by pass this recipe. It’s so easy (although you do have to think ahead a bit) and 100% gourmet tasting without all the work. It’s a great appetizer to make ahead and have ready the day of your party. One less thing to cause worry.
Make Ahead Easy Cheese Appetizer Recipe: Marinated Cheese
- 1 envelope of Good Seasons Italian Dressing
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 TB water
- 2 TB minced green onions
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 12 oz package Monterrey Jack
- 12 oz package Sharp Cheddar
- 8 oz package cream cheese (not softened)
- 4 oz jar diced pimentos, drained
Mix 1st six ingredients together.
Cut cheeses into small squares and arrange in an alternate pattern.
Pour pimentos over cheeses then pour dressing mix over all.
Marinate overnight in fridge.
Drain excess dressing (optional). For optimum presentation, draining the dressing “may” be recommended, but for the most delicious factor, excess dressing is yummy. 😉
Serve with crackers. (Since the layers are cheese, cream cheese, cheese, it’s easy to get on the cracker, but keep a fork near by to assist if necessary.)
It’s so good, it’s hard not to eat the whole thing before the party.
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