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Spicy Marinated Cheese

Spicy Marinated Cheese is an easy, make-ahead party appetizer that gets better with time. 
Course Appetizer
Servings 10
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, placed in freezer for 20 minutes
  • 1 (8-ounce) block sharp cheddar or colby jack
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil


  • Combine oil through red pepper flakes in a medium bowl and whisk well.
  • Cut cream cheese and cheddar cheese in half lengthwise. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange slices alternately on a serving dish that has a little bit of an edge. 
  • Pour marinade over cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  • Sprinkle green onions and sin-dried tomatoes on top and serve with crackers.


Cream cheese will be easier to cut if it is partially frozen. It helps to spray a knife with cooking spray or to use dental floss to cut it.