Marinated cheese is your new favorite recipe
Marinated cheese is incredibly easy to make and endlessly adaptable with different flavor combinations and olive oils. You can serve marinated cheese with toasted baguette, cracker and veggies as an appetizer or add it to your favorite sandwich, salad or pizza. And the leftover oil? It’s fantastically flavorful and can be drizzled on soups, used to sauté and whisked into salad dressing. Check out our guide to making marinated cheese here or jump straight to our basic recipe and favorite flavor combinations for marinated cheese below.
8 ounces soft, fresh cheese such as feta, mozzarella or goat cheese
2 cups extra virgin olive oil or flavored olive oil*
1/4 cup aromatics such as herbs, spices, citrus and garlic*
Place aromatics in a small pot and pour olive oil over top. If you’re using fresh herbs that are delicate like basil, chive and cilantro, add these after you’ve heated the oil. Dried herbs and heartier herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano can be heated with olive oil. Warm the pot over very low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until you can really smell all of the aromatics and spices you’ve added.
Slice the cheese into rounds or pieces so that more surface area soaks in the oil’s flavor and place them in a container you can seal. We like mason jars but any container with a lid will do. Let the oil cool for a bit before you pour it over the cheese so it doesn’t melt. Pour the oil over the cheese and top with any fresh herbs, if using. You can serve the cheese right away, but the flavors will continue to develop in the next hour or so if you have the time.
Note: If you have more time and want to skip the heating step, you can simply put your cheese, sliced into rounds or pieces in a container and scatter the aromatics and spices over it. Pour the olive oil on top, cover it and refrigerate it for at least 12 hours to allow the flavors to develop.
If you’ve been storing the cheese in the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature before serving so that the flavors will be more pronounced. Serve and enjoy!
Keep any leftovers in the oil in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Our Favorite Flavor Combinations
* Here are some of our favorite combinations of olive oils and aromatics. Try one of these suggestions or experiment with whatever you have on hand!
- EVOO + Smashed Garlic + Peppercorns + Citrus Peel + Rosemary
- Organic Meyer Lemon Olive Oil + Herbes de Provence
- Blood Orange Olive Oil + Cumin & Coriander Seeds + Oregano
- Fresh Garlic Olive Oil + Chile Flakes + Tarragon
- Jalapeno Olive Oil + Lime Peel + Cilantro
- Fresh Basil Olive Oil + Dill + Mint + Chive
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