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Marinated Cheese Recipe

This simple appetizer is a perfect for simple entertaining! You can make it up to two weeks ahead of time. Just don’t forget to let it come to room temperature prior to serving.
Prep Time5 mins
Time to Marinate12 hrs
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zesty
Servings: 12
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Wendy Polisi


  • 1 pound sharp grass-fed cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 sprigs thyme


  • Cut the cheddar cheese into cubes.
  • Add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes to a small bowl.
  • Whisk to combine.
  • Add thyme.
  • Place cheddar cheese in a shallow bowl and pour the marinate over it.
  • Cover and chill for at least 12 hours.
  • Bring to room temperature before serving.



  • Add a seeded diced jalapeno or chipotle chili pepper to the marinade and substitute cilantro for the thyme.
  • Add three thinly sliced garlic cloves to the marinade.
  • Reduce the cheese to ¾ pound and add in ½ cup olives.
  • In place of the olive oil, use a pre-seasoned oil like chili oil or garlic oil.


Calories: 233kcal | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 43mg | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 0.4mg