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Southwestern Cheese Appetizer

Yield Makes 16 appetizer servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 (7.5-ounce) jar roasted sweet red peppers, drained and diced
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese, chilled
  • 1 (8-ounce) block Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, chilled
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, chilled

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients until mixture is blended; stir in diced red peppers and next 6 ingredients. Set marinade aside.

  2. Cut block of Cheddar cheese in half lengthwise. Cut halves crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Repeat procedure with Monterey Jack cheese and cream cheese.

  3. Arrange cheese slices alternately in a shallow baking dish, standing slices on edge. Pour marinade over cheeses. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Transfer cheese to a serving plate, and spoon remaining marinade over top. Serve with assorted crackers.