i should be mopping the floor: Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer


This Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer is the 
perfect addition to your festive spread. It's simple to put together, too.
It's the perfect addition to your usual holiday recipes.
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Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
In our family, a holiday gathering without olives is borderline criminal. From as long as I can remember, my mom has always served a relish tray, bowls of olives, or {my favorite}...what she calls a "cheese and olive wreath". I honestly thought she made this dish up. Imagine my surprise when I saw similar dishes out there on Pinterest. It's really a thing. And y'all...it's a good thing. Below is my own take on the Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer. I found a similar wreath to my mom's in an older Taste of Home Magazine I had {I collect those things and read them like novels, y'all}. This one I'm posting today is a combination of the Taste of Home one and my mom's wreath that she's made for a few years. 
Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
I love this wreath because there isn't any actual cooking involved. It's a chop and layer situation...my kind of prep work. And the longer it sits, the yummier it all gets. The flavors are all very strong in this dish...from the olives to the garlic to the herbs. But, then the cheese is perfect to mellow it all out and give it a creamy touch as well. 


And, we love to use Mezzetta Olives in our olive dishes...they're perfection. I always associate olives with the holidays. From all of the littles putting them on their fingers to going back for seconds {and thirds} of all of the holiday dishes on my mom's spread she prepares. The holidays are just filled with food and memories {and memories of food...heehee}. Do you have special holiday memories? Be sure to share them on the Mezzetta website. You could win a daily gift basket for sharing your own fun! 



Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.


Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer

Ingredients:

Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
Slice cheese blocks into even pieces and arrange in a wreath shape on a serving plate, overlapping the cheese slices as you go around the plate, and alternating cheese types.


Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
Lay your olives in the middle of the wreath. I sprinkle a few all around, too.
Reserve the  additional 1/4 cup of the  Mezzetta Spanish Queen Olives, Pimento Stuffed to use on top of the dish.


Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
Mix together oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, and garlic. 
Pour over cheeses and olives. 
Sprinkle additional 1/4 cup of olives on top.
Cover and refrigerate 4-8 hours to allow flavors to marry.



Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
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Marinated Cheese and Olive Holiday Wreath Appetizer | Delicious, festive, and easy to prepare.
I love the simplicity of this...and yet it packs such a punch of flavor.
The colors are really festive, too. I like to serve mine with slices of French bread or sturdy crackers. I place a few spreaders out with the cheese wreath, too.

Here's to a delicious holiday season!





4 comments:

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    1. Why thank you, Heather! It tastes even better than it looks!

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  2. Love it! I really enjoy marinated olives.

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    1. They are delicious, Jennifer! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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