Marinated Cheese Appetizer

We just returned from a month long vacation back West to Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. We stayed at 6 different places and ate about 1,323,972 calories at our hometown favorites and new local hot spots. Needless to say we came home packing on some extra elle-beees.

While in Arizona, we were at Costco tasting all of the amazing samples and one lady motioned me over and said, “Come taste this juice! It’s good for the baby.”

The what?” I said. “I’m not pregnant.”

Granted we were at the tail end of a month long eating spree but doesn’t she know that you never, ever ask a woman that unless you see a baby coming out. If you’ve ever been asked this you know that it is one of the biggest blows to a person’s self esteem.

Add that on to the list of crazy things people say to me at Costco. I would have dismissed it as one woman’s mistake or blamed the empire-waisted dress I had on (which I’m currently burning), but when I saw my niece later that day she asked me if I pregnant with a 3-year-old.  Awesome.

I normally wouldn’t bring up such an embarrassing moment, but by telling you I’m taking ownership of it and making it my funny story. Ehhh…right? If you need me, I’ll be at the gym…crying on the treadmill.
Fine. I’m blaming the cheese. I made this while at my moms for Sunday dinner. Doubled it for a crowd. It’s slices of cheddar and cream cheese marinated in an herb vinaigrette. My husband said it tasted like the dipping sauce you dip bread in at Italian restaurants.
Marinated Cheese Appetizer | The Girl Who Ate Everything

The colors are really festive. I’m already thinking ahead to Christmas parties. Serve it with some sliced baguettes, crackers, or Triscuits.

Marinated Cheese Appetizer
Prep Time
22 hrs 1 min
Cook Time
22 hrs 1 min
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 dash salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 2 ounce jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves pressed
  1. Cut cheddar cheese and cream cheese into 1/4 inch slices, then again in half.
  2. Using a small dish with a little bit of an edge, place cheese slices on end alternating between cheddar and cream cheese slices.
  3. Make the marinade by combining sugar, basil, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, pimento, parsley, onion and garlic.
  4. Pour marinade over cheese, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Take out of the refrigerator about 10-15 minutes before serving. Serve with sliced baguettes or triscuits (low-salt).
Recipe Notes
To make it easier to slice the cream cheese, stick it in the freezer for about an hour before slicing. Source:

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  1. I tell ya, some people just have no tact. We like to visit a Dairy Queen that is near our house. One time, on our walk home, we ran into our next-door-neighbor. She was so delighted and thrilled that I was pregnant again. Only – I wasn’t. You can bet I was regretting that chocolate-extreme blizzard when I had to correct her mistake.

  2. These look great!!

    I’m sorry people are such idiots and have no filters, pay no attention!!

  3. Oh this looks delicious!! I love cheese, and especially love marinated cheese!!!!!!
    Forget what the lady says – eat the cheese!

  4. I’m still amazed by how rude people can be. I’m sure you look great! I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation!

  5. Well doesn’t that look amazing? The hubs and I love cheese and I’ve never thought about marinating it before! I’ve got all these ingredients too AND company coming next week. What a wonderful pre-dinner nosh this would be. Thank you!

  6. My first thought when I saw this was Christmas! And you deserve to look pregnant after a vacation — you were: pregnant with relaxation, food, and maybe even some adult beverages!

  7. Argh people are so annoying and rude. I don’t know why ppl feel like they should say everything they think.

  8. People are so ridiculous… not only is that tactless, that’s also the single most well-known thing you SHOULDN’T say to a woman… ever! This cheese looks awesome and definitely festive 🙂

  9. I really like the way this dish looks. It is NOT at all what I expected. It makes for a tasty and interesting appetizer. A winning combo in my book.

  10. There are way too many people in this world who don’t think before they speak. I feel for you because I know how I’d feel if someone said something like that to me.

    On a positive note, your marinated cheese appetizer looks so fresh and super yummy!!! I’ll have to make that the next time we have company over for dinner.

  11. so…after i had my fourth baby, who is now two and a half, i frequently heard one comment from people.
    “aww…looks like you got your hands full!!” I have four children not fourteen and i promise that combing my boys hair and putting ponies and braids in my girls hair is a must….besides them using their manners, they aren’t all disheveled and wild!! Once i was even at home depot and i had my kiddos with me and this woman asked me if those were all my kids…. dummy. I just told her i don’t pick up stray children and take them to the store with a big ‘ol smile on my face. I decided if someone said something off the cuff/rude to me again i was going to deck someone. 🙂 some people are crazy rude.

    on a lighter note, the cheese dish looks amazing and fresh. i’m going to have to try this one too. love your website!!

  12. Hilarious. But sooo not. This has my name all over it.

  13. what a seriously awesome idea! definitely recreating these little appetizers for my housewarming party this weekend. love it!

  14. This sounds amazing…what a great idea for an app! I love this…in fact, I an entertaining this week so will absolutely be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing- great website!

  15. Looks great!! Gonna make some for my kids and me using vintage cheddar and maybe some gouda to!!