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Simple, satisfying marinated cheese

June is full of parties and backyard get-togethers. Make this simple dish to bring or serve at your next gathering. It is light, tasty and makes for the perfect appetizer to grab while enjoying all the summer fun!


  • 8-ounce cheddar block
  • 8-ounce Gouda block
  • 8-ounce cream cheese block


  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 4-ounce jar of pimentos
  • 5 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Slap Ya Mama white pepper blend, more to taste


  1. Mix above marinade
  2. Slice cheese (You will see my slices are still long; I will cut these in half as well.) You want to put them on crackers, so slice to size. Alternate cheeses for presentation on serving plate.
  3. Pour the marinade over the cheese and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge until ready to serve!

Pro tips:

  • Another use for the marinade is to make it and serve it as a vinaigrette on your salad.
  • To make the preparation even easier, pick up pre-packaged, sliced cheese at your local grocery store.


Written by Joy Monnerjahn

Joy Monnerjahn is the owner of The Bayou Belle, where you will find many Louisiana recipes. She grew up in Southern Louisiana and enjoys bringing the flavors of her home to her dishes. Learn more at, and reach her at

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