“If we are not supposed to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the fridge?”
This is one of my favorite appetizer recipes. I recently took a platter to my high school reunion potluck and it was well received. It’s been around for awhile and I believe it appeared in a Southern Living magazine back in 2006. The important thing to remember is to let the cheese marinate at least for 8 hours …. I typically go for 12 – 16 hours. Serving this can be a little messy so be sure to provide toothpicks for your guests.
In a jar combine the olive oil, wine vinegar, pimento, parsley, green onion, garlic, sugar, basil, salt and pepper. Cover tightly and shake vigorously to blend. Set aside.
Cut each of the blocks of hard cheese in half lengthwise. Cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices to form squares. Repeat with cold cream cheese. Arrange cheese squares alternately in a 9" x 13" baking dish with slices standing on edge. You can arrange in a single long row, or several parallel rows depending on the size of your dish. Pour the marinade from the jar over the cheese slices, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
To serve, remove slices to a serving platter so they are still arranged in an alternating pattern. Spoon some of the extra marinade over the cheese, and serve with crackers (I prefer Nabisco Sociables).