Thursday, March 8, 2012

Marinated Fresh Cheese with Mint and Red Pepper: My Foodie's Creation

I am not only a foodie, but I am also married to a big foodie..(or maybe that's how I became a foodie in the first place...Mmm...who know? :) My foodie likes to experiment with different ingredients and combinations and he especially likes to experiment with cheeses and breads. Of course, there are lots of misses,.... to say the least, but  there are also some hits that are just delicious. This recipe is one of them. Ever since my husband made this about a month ago , I have been crazy for it and I would eat this cheese anytime of the day. I think we made it again 4-5 times since then!







recipe


  • 12  oz packed fresh cheese
  • 2   tsp dried mint
  • 1   tsp salt
  • 1   tsp crushed red peppers
  • extra virgin olive oil enough to coat cheese


In a resealable plastic bag, combine dried mint, salt and pepper.
Cut cheese into cubes and throw in the bag. Shake well until mixture is distributed evenly around cheese.
If you want to store the cheese in the plastic bag you can add the extra virgin olive oil over the cheese.
If you choose to store the cheese in a jar, transfer the cheese and the herb mixture to the jar and add the olive oil to coat the cheese.
Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
When the cheese is all gone, you can use the remaining marinade to make another patch.





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how i like it:  you can eat the cheese right away and it will taste good, but  it will certinly tastes a thousands times better if you let the cheese marinate in the refrigirator at least overnight.  The more you let it marinate the better it will taste. The mint and the olive oil give such a nice fresh flavor to an otherwise very plain cheese and the pepper flakes give it a nice unique spicy kick. I eat this in the morning with pita bread, tomatoes and olives. It can also transform a regular boaring salad for a tasty lunch , and whenever you feel hungry for some salty and satisfaying snack , this will hit the spot.