Honey-Thyme Marinated Cheddar is a sweet and savory appetizer you can make ahead of time and have on hand for surprise visitors. It also makes a wonderful gift for the foodie in your life!
I know you’re probably having this moment of “This is weird. I’m not the only one thinking this, right?” Everything is going to be okay, trust me. This cheese may sound a little different, but it’s pretty darn tasty and you can make it SO easily. If you’re having qualms about cheddar and sweet together, all you need to do is remember cheddar and apple pie are friends. Tell your brain to get over it and get on board with eating this. Your stomach is in.
To make this dish (and gift) I started with extra-sharp cheddar cheese. I like the juxtaposition of the sharp cheese to sweet honey. The thyme is a little herb note to tie everything together. It’s creamy. It’s cheesy. It’s sweet. It’s awesome! Just marinade this little guys in a mason jar (or tupperware) in the fridge for a couple days, and you my friend are set! If you can’t wait that long, dive in when ever you’re ready. Heck! If you’re in a bind and some friends just popped by, slice the cheese instead of cubing it, layer it over a plate, drizzle the honey on top, and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves (no stems). Voila! A pretty appetizer plate. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
- 8 ounces good quality extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 stems fresh thyme
- Cut cheese into bit sized cubes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together honey and oil until well combined.
- Place half the cheese cubes in to a mason jar. Top with 3 stems of thyme. Pour half the honey mixture over the cheese. Repeat with remaining, cheese, thyme, and honey. Close jar.
- Place jar in the fridge for a day or two. Turn jar over periodically to redistribute the honey.
- When ready to serve, pour the contents of the jar into a serving bowl.