Serve the tastiest, most festive dish this holiday season with this Marinated Cheese Christmas Wreath.
Disclosure: This post contains links to and mentions of my client Cabot Creamery Cooperative. This is not a sponsored post.
I am such a sucker for a fun, festive holiday recipe.
Perhaps you recall this Savory Christmas Torte from last year.
And let me introduce you to a cheese wreath I did a few years ago.
Oh, and I could never forget this "Pinterest worthy" recipe idea for a cheese tree (also from client Cabot Cheese -- sidenote: Cabot was promoting this recipe long before Pinterest was even a thing... it's always been a hit!)
Now that I look at this list, I'm realizing I'm actually a sucker for fun, festive CHEESE holiday recipes I guess.
Today's post is not about all the amazing appetizer recipes you can make at the holidays with cheese (although come to think of it, that's totally a post I would want to read.) Instead, it's my final ReDux post of 2016 and is based off a theme we've challenged members to in the past. Grab a cookbook, pick a page (based on the number 2016) and ReDux that recipe!
Only, when I picked up the cookbook I wanted to ReDux, there were no recipes... it was just a bunch of tutorials. And so, I counted over 16 pages, ReDux'ed a recipe from there. That recipe is not this:
That recipe WILL be coming to the blog soon, but what happened after I finished up that recipe was something of a walk down memory lane. The cookbook I chose to ReDux from was The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. It was the first cookbook I worked on as a new Test Kitchen Professional circa 1998. As I was thumbing through it, I kept thinking about another recipe I'd had during those early TK days... marinated cheese.
If you've never tried marinated cheese, well, I'm sorry for you. But bam! I'm saving the day and giving you a chance now. Marinated cheese is great, because, well -- marinating is great and cheese is great. Put them together and you've got double greatness.
So as the story goes, what you're getting today is a double great recipe that's not found on page 16 or 216 or 2016 of any cookbook. That recipe is coming in 2017, which now that I think about it is a little bit of ReDux anarchy. But hey... when you own the brand, you get a little wiggle room. Please forgive me fellow ReDuxers if you think this is cheating. But before you label me a loser, make this dish and I feel certain all ill-will will disappear.
With much sincerity I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Wonderful New Year!
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Serve the tastiest, most festive dish this holiday season with this Marinated Cheese Wreath by @ReganJonesRD Tweet this
Marinated Cheese Christmas Wreath
Serves 12 to 16
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (I used basil and dill)
- 1/2 cup dried julienne sundried tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 ounces extra-sharp aged Cheddar cheese (I used Cabot Creamery Alpine Cheddar)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 4 ounces firm goat cheese (I used Vermont Creamery Fresh Goat Cheese)
- Assorted crackers
- Combine vinegar and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a medium-size bowl.
- Cut each block of cheese into 1/4-inch-thick slices; cut each slice in half.
- Using a round dish with sides, line up cheese slices around the edge alternating each type of cheese.
- Pour marinade mixture over cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve (at least 2 hours).
- Serve with crackers, as desired.