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Honey-Thyme Marinated Cheddar

It’s back to the grind of daily life. After a week of holiday—oh, who am I kidding? I got zero days off from work last week! The only things “holiday” were stories written into my newscast.

And, of course, I had a Friendsgiving gathering to attend on Saturday. It’s the one Thanksgiving plan I had mapped out for last week. Me being me, I couldn’t just take one thing to the potluck-style party.

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No, no.

I made four dishes! Four. I beefed up my favorite apple crisp recipe by adding cranberries, baked a wheel of brie with some fig compote, and put together my mom’s famous Francine salad.

Not stopping there, I decided to marinate some cubes of Tillamook white cheddar I scored at the grocery store. Food Network magazine had this recipe and it looked so simple and divine, plus I’m a sucker for honey with cheese.

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This recipe is the perfect one to bring to a party or potluck. It’s super simple, takes very little effort, and will absolutely impress partygoers. I still have a half of a block of cheese left and am highly considering making this again…but just for me.

I couldn’t fit some of the cheese into the cutesy Christmas jar I bought, so I placed it on top of some leftover spinach from the Francine salad. If you put it on a salad like I did, you don’t have to put anything else on it! The marinade mixes with the spinach leaves like a sweet and tangy dressing.

Whether it’s on little crackers, or tossed with a salad, or by itself—this is one holiday recipe you should keep in your back pocket for the Christmas party season.

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Honey-Thyme Marinated Cheddar

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A fast and easy marinated cheese recipe with honey, thyme, red pepper & olive oil.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 TBS. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together honey, olive oil, thyme, red pepper flakes, garlic and salt. Add cheese and toss until well coated.
  2. Pour cheese mixture into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (best if left out overnight).

Step-By-Step Instructions

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In a large bowl, mix together honey, olive oil, thyme, red pepper flakes, garlic and salt. Add cheese and toss until well coated.

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Pour cheese mixture into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (best if left out overnight).

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