Marinated Cheese


Toss together a bit of garlic and lemon juice with peppercorns and Monterey Jack cheese for a simple and easy appetizer recipe.

Marinated Cheese
Photo: James Carriere
Prep Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 pound Monterey Jack or provolone cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried whole mixed peppercorns, cracked, or 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon fennel, cumin, or mustard seeds, crushed


  1. Place cheese cubes in a resealable plastic bag or in a jar. In a screw-top jar combine oil, lemon peel and lemon juice, garlic, peppercorns, and crushed seeds. Cover and shake well. Pour mixture over cheese. Seal bag or cover jar. Turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, up to 3 days, turning occasionally.

    To serve:

  2. Let cheese stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving. Transfer cheese with marinade to a serving bowl. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

224 Calories
20g Fat
1g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 224
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 203mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 292.8mg 23%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 44mg 1%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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