Since starting the Ketogenic Lifestyle I have lost a considerable amount of weight while still enjoying all of my favorite foods – namely cheese! I personally think everything tastes better with cheese on it, and while cheese is really the only dairy that I eat anymore, I have a true love affair for great tasting cheeses. Recently I received an email about Jarlsberg® Cheese – a lactose-free and gluten-free cheese with a mild, nutty flavor. Jarlsberg® Cheese is loved by many top chefs like Celebrity Chef George Duran, host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” and Food Network’s “Ham on the Street” who created this delicious recipe for French-Style Marinated Cheese. Needless to say, this beautiful dish will be adorning my holiday table this year.
One of the great things about this recipe is that it is so versatile – so you can add in other ingredients like fresh walnuts or dried fruits to fit your taste buds. I fully intend on trying all kinds of add ins – like chia or flax seeds for an added nutrition boost!
- 6 ounces Jarlsberg Original Lite or Hickory Smoked Cheese
- 2 ounces black or green olives
- 1 small leek bulb only (or small shallot)
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or tarragon or equivalent dried
- 1 teaspoon green or black peppercorns
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme or equivalent dried
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 glass canning jar
Cube cheese and thinly slice olives and leek. Finely chop oregano and peppercorns, and finely mince thyme and garlic.
To make marinade: Whisk vinegar with oil, oregano, peppercorns, thyme and garlic. Layer cheese, olives and leeks inside jar. Cover with marinade and seal tightly.
Place jar in refrigerator to marinate 1 day. For best results, use within 3 days.