Creamy cheese and briny olives are marinated in an herb- and garlic-infused dressing for a quick, attractive appetizer or a fun and easy food gift in a jar!
Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet? Because I have hardly started, and I’m needing some commiseration from my fellow procrastinators here. But I have a big date with Amazon on the roster this week, after which I hope to have my gift-deficit issues resolved…wish me luck!
Aside from the presents I need to buy, I also have a list of gifts to make. And let me tell you…this year, I am all about quick and easy. But of course, I still want to give homemade goodies that will be enjoyed and appreciated. And what’s more fun than a food gift that you can plop in a Mason jar, jazz up with a cute tag (like the free printables pictured here!), and call it a day?
A few weeks ago I shared a yummy homemade caramel sauce that makes a perfect gift, because not only is it delicious, but it also takes only five minutes to make. However, it’s easy to get sugared-out over the holidays, so if you’re interested in giving a food gift that’s savory rather than sweet, I have another option for you today…and it only requires about five minutes of effort as well!
The secret here is buying ready-made ingredients and throwing them all together. Now I realize that you’re probably not in the habit of making your own cheese, and thus you typically already buy that ready-made. So when I say ready-made in reference to the cheese, I’m actually referring to the fact that you can buy it already cubed. No breaking out the knife and the cutting board…just dump it in a bowl! As for the marinade itself, you can just pick up a bottle of your favorite oil and vinegar or Italian-type salad dressing. Toss in some jarred Kalamata olives, dried herbs, and whole garlic cloves, then let the whole shebang hang out in the fridge for awhile. Seriously…you know a recipe is fast when peeling the skin off of six cloves of garlic is the most time-intensive step.
This combination of mild, smooth Colby-Jack, salty olives, bright herbs, and zesty dressing is not only tasty, but it’s also got eye appeal. This combo looks so pretty piled in a bowl as an appetizer, and it’s just as lovely spooned into jars with sprigs of fresh rosemary for gift giving. And the taste? Well, it’s quite addictive. Even if you don’t like olives, you’ll want to pick around them because the marinated cheese is simply delicious (just ask my kids).
I hope this recipe comes in handy for you this holiday season as you hit festive parties and put together homemade gifts for friends and neighbors. It’s pretty, it’s tasty, it’s quick and easy, and you can make it in bulk…now how can you beat that?
More holiday food gift ideas…