Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Flavorful Marinated Cheese & Olives

            I made some of this marinated cheese & olives for our family New Year’s Eve party and it was a huge hit.  This is an easy recipe and provides a lovely appetizer or to jar up and give as a gift. My boys and hubby loved them and wondered why I had never made this for them before.  The next day, I caught my son putting the cheese and olives onto his sandwich.  


  • 32 oz. cubed cheese (Colby-Jack, sharp cheddar, etc.)
  • 16 oz. Italian salad dressing
  • 12 oz. Kalamata (green) olives, drained (or black olives or both)
  • 32 ounces cubed Colby-Jack cheese
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 T. dried Italian seasoning

In a large bowl, combine everything but the rosemary and garlic together.  Stir and then cover the bowl with foil and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.

After it has been refrigerated long enough, divide up the cheese and olive oil into 6 pint sized canning jars.  Place a sprig of rosemary and a clove of garlic into each jar and then fill up the jars with the cheese and olive mixture, trying to divide it up evenly.

Can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator but I doubt it will last that long.  You will be surprised at the amount of flavor that is added to the olives and the cheese. 



        Be sure to serve this at your next party along side some Sparkling Punch, Ham Pinwheels, and some Rotel dip with chips


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