Cubes of Spanish manchego cheese is marinated in a mixture of hot peppers, olive oil, and herbs in this easy manchego tapas recipe. | justalittlebitofbacon.com
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Marinated Manchego Tapas

Cubes of Spanish Manchego cheese is marinated in a mixture of hot peppers, olive oil, and herbs in this easy manchego tapas recipe.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 175kcal
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Ingredients

  • 10 oz manchego cheese
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 dried ancho chili, torn into pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 strips orange zest, each about 1/2 inch wide and 2-3 inches long

Instructions

  • Cut the manchego into 1/2 inch cubes and put it in a sealable container.
  • Heat the olive oil until shimmery over medium heat. Add the thyme, rosemary, dried pepper, garlic, and orange zest. Cook for 3 minutes. Then remove from heat and let the oil cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the oil mixture over the cheese, give it a stir, and let marinate at least 8 hours and up to 3 days.

Notes

  • The olive oil is great on its own as an addition to recipes or a dip for bread.
  • I shook the seeds out of the pepper used since I wanted spice but just a little. If you like more spice, you can keep the seeds or use a spicier pepper.
  • Calories are, as always, a rough estimate. If you scoop out the cheese, leaving most of the olive oil behind, you will dispose of 3/4 cup of olive while eating about 1/4 cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal