This delicious marinated cheese tray makes a beautiful appetizer, perfect for entertaining. This cheese platter combines cheddar, cream cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese and is marinated in fresh herbs.
Cut 8 oz block cheddar, 8 oz block Monterey Jack cheese, and 8 oz cream cheese in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into ¼ in thick square slices. Cream Cheese is a slightly different shape. Compare the other cheeses to cream cheese to get a correct cutting size. You want all the cheese slices to be the same size and shape.
Arrange cheese slices alternately on a shallow serving dish standing each slice on its edge.
Mix together ½ cup olive oil, ½ cup white wine vinegar, 2 oz drained pimento, 3 tbs chopped fresh parsley, 3 tbs chopped fresh green onion, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp basil, and salt and pepper to taste in in a jar. Shake well. Pour marinade over cheese.
Cover and chill 6 to 8 hours to marinate then serve.
Note: It is important to use fresh herbs, not dry herbs in this recipe.Note: Don't panic if the cheese shapes are not perfectly the same. Just do your best to come close. When the marinade is poured on top, it hides the imperfections.