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Marinated Cheese Platter

 This marinated cheese platter is fun to make and is a nice appetizer for New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, or a game day party. I saw this idea with the recipe for the marinade on Taste of Home and I added some extra things to the platter and deleted some, too.

  • 2-3 blocks of white cheeses of your choice like cheddar, Swiss and Monterey Jack, sliced
  • Marinated Asparagus Spears
  • Marinated mushrooms
  • Assorted olives
  • Pimento for garnish
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Crackers or sliced baguette

  1. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, parsley, and garlic and set aside.
  2. Fill small clear glass bowl or other small bowl with olives and set in center of a round platter.
  3. Arrange cheeses on edge and asparagus alternating around the platter.
  4. Arrange marinated mushrooms around the glass bowl of olives.
  5. Sprinkle pimento on top.
  6. Whisk the marinade #1 again and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cheeses.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 8 hours before serving. 
  8. Serve with crackers or sliced baguette.
 The photo above is of the platter before the marinade is added. The original platter I saw did not have the asparagus or the mushrooms on it.You can use your imagination and your preferences to add or delete things to this platter. Also sliced baguette is probably a better choice as it will absorb the marinade better.

Happy New Year's Eve to all who come by here today!


  1. We MGCC girls were fortunate to indulge in this platter at our Christmas party and it is as good tasting as it looks

  2. Can't wait to make this! Happy New Year all!!!!

  3. Wishing you and yours a blessed,healthy and happy 2017.
    Marilyn and family

  4. Yes, I also have to say it was super! Worth going back to a few times for sure!

  5. Looks absolutely delicious!! Just want to clarify before I make it. The vegetables are referred to as I marinated before going on platter. Did you purchase them marinated? Or do you marinate in the marinade recipe provided? Do you use raw vegetables or are they canned? Thank you in advance for the advice and the wonderful recipe!! Lisa

    1. On this platter I used already marinated asparagus and mushrooms that I bought in jars along with the olive mix. After assembling everything I drizzled all with the marinade in the recipe over the cheese and vegetables and pimento. I hope that's clear.


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