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These marinated cheese curds are fantastic for a low carb snack or appetizer! Keto and LCHF recipe.

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When I wrote my recipe for Baked Cheese Curds, many people asked where I got the cheese curds from! As a Brit living in the US, I’d never heard of them before I moved here, so they’re fairly new to me too. I’m in the Midwest and we recently had a trip into Wisconsin, and among MANY other cheeses, we bought some cheddar cheese curds.

According to Wikipedia, cheese curds are “moist pieces of curdled milk” – which doesn’t sound very appetizing! They’re often formed during the process of making cheddar cheese, and have a slightly rubbery texture. I’m a huge fan, and although I enjoy them baked or fried, this time I decided to try something different: marinating!

Marinated Cheese Curds - great for low carb snacking and appetizers!

I used a combination of fresh basil, dried oregano and some wonderful extra virgin olive oil (if you’re in the US, check out how you can get a bottle of quality EVOO for just $1!).  Here’s what you can do with your marinated cheese curds:

  • Add them to salads
  • Serve them as part of a tapas meal
  • Add them to wraps
  • Skewer them with cherry tomatoes for an appetizer
  • And just enjoy them as a snack!

You could also add other ingredients to the marinade, such as chopped sun-dried tomatoes or garlic!

Add the cheese curds to a small mason jar or preserving/canning jar. In a small jug, mix together extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, shredded fresh basil leaves, salt and pepper. Pour the marinade over the cheese curds.

Marinated Cheese Curds - great for low carb snacking and appetizers!

Seal the lid, then shake the jar to evenly distribute the herbs. Leave overnight (or longer!) to marinate in the fridge, shaking the jar every now and then if you remember.

Marinated Cheese Curds - great for low carb snacking and appetizers!

Note: The marinade will solidify in the fridge. Let the oil get to room temperature before shaking or serving!

The cheese curds so much fantastic flavor: you’re going to love them! Shown below with cherry tomatoes on toothpicks – SUPER easy to make!

Marinated Cheese Curds - great for low carb snacking and appetizers!

Marinated Cheese Curds

These marinated cheese curds are fantastic for a low carb snack or appetizer! Keto and LCHF recipe. 

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Ingredients

  • 12
    oz
    fresh cheddar cheese curds
  • ½
    cup
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-6
    fresh basil leaves
    shredded
  • 1
    tsp
    dried oregano
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the cheese curds to a small mason, canning, or preserving jar. 

  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients, then pour the marinade over the cheese curds. 

  3. Seal the lid, and shake to distribute the herbs and oil. 

  4. Leave in the fridge to marinate overnight (or longer). 

Recipe Notes

Zero carb recipe. Makes approximately 8 servings.

Note: The marinade will solidify in the fridge. Let the oil get to room temperature before shaking or serving!

Nutrition Facts

Marinated Cheese Curds

Amount Per Serving

Calories 286
Calories from Fat 243

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 27g
42%

Saturated Fat 9g
45%

Cholesterol 45mg
15%

Sodium 273mg
11%

Total Carbohydrates 0g
0%

Dietary Fiber 0g
0%

Sugars 0g

Protein 10g
20%

Vitamin A
0.2%

Calcium
30.6%

Iron
0.7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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