Friday, December 12, 2008

A quick appetizer; a perfect hostess gift

Tonight's preparations for Sunday's dinner included this easy appetizer, which needs to be made a few days in advance: marinated manchego cheese with herbs and orange zest. I'll serve it with quince paste I made in October and sliced baguettes.

And what hostess wouldn't be happy if you showed up with this? She can serve it or put it in the fridge to enjoy later.


3/4 pound Manchego cheese, rind removed
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely cracked black pepper
3 one-inch sprigs fresh rosemary
1 bay leaf, torn in 3 to 4 pieces
2 strips orange zest
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cut the cheese into bite-sized cubes. Put the cheese in a bowl with the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours, stirring often to redistribute the seasonings. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cheese cubes to a serving plate. If you don't use this after 24 hours, refrigerate but bring to room temperature before serving. The cheese is best after 3 to 4 days in the marinade.


Tonia said...

Thanks for posting the recipe. I have a Solstice party to go to this coming weekend and will bring some of this as a hostess gift.

ElleBee said...

Ooh...that looks yummy. Manchego is one of my favorite cheeses.

Purple Flowers said...

Cindy, the recipe looks great as usual. :o)

carolyn said...

this looks yummy

Bonbon Oiseau said...

Ok..i am totally going to give this! thank you!