Thursday, March 21, 2013

Marinated Manchego Cheese (Spanish Tapas)

Marinated Manchego Cheese
We had this marinated cheese along with some other dishes for our tapas night last week.  This dish was very easy to make and we loved it.  My white wine vinegar was growing a mother and it really grossed me out, although the vinegar is supposedly fine.  So, instead, I used a honey wine vinegar my sister send me last year.  The slight sweetness really complemented the cheese in this dish. 

My kids all love Manchego but I knew some of them wouldn't be excited about the marinated version, so I left some plain for them.  My daughter really, really loved this though, and hogged the last of it.  :)
Marinated Manchego Cheese
Marinated Manchego Cheese
from Spanish by Pepita Aris

5oz Manchego or other firm cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar (or honey wine vinegar)
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 garlic clove, sliced
fresh thyme or tarragon sprigs
fresh flat leaf parsley or tarragon sprigs, to garnish (optional)

1.  Cut the cheese into bite-sized pieces, removing any hard rind.  Place in a small bowl.  Combine the oil, vinegar, peppercorns, garlic, thyme or tarragon and pour over the cheese.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to 3 days.
Marinated Manchego Cheese
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Linda said...

I'll always be grateful you introduced me to this cheese (via another post) - it is my very fave. This version really looks good. So you didn't have any left? LOL! Everything you had for tapas night looks delicious.

What a Dish! said...

Yeah, they love it so much it's always gone when we have it. It's expensive here too! And not always available. I guess that makes it a treat.