Citrus and Zhug Marinated Manchego

A cheese lovers recipe! Cheese marinated in Blood Orange Olive Oil, lightly sweetened with Cara Cara Vanilla Balsamic, and gently spiced with Z’hug. This is what cheese lovers should make for other cheese lovers.
Dish Type:

Appetizer, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian


All Year

Prep Time:

20 min




  • 7oz young Manchego Cheese, broken into pieces
  • ½ cup SOOC Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp SOOC Z'hug seasoning
  • 5 strips Orange Zest
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • tsp SOOC Cara Cara Orange Vanilla Balsamic Vinegar
  • drizzle SOOC Blood Orange Olive Oil (Optional)

Products used: Blood Orange Olive Oil , Cara Cara Orange Vanilla Balsamic Vinegar , Z'hug Seasoning


  • Note: Feel free to add a long, fresh drizzle of Blood Orange Olive Oil. You can also try this recipe using other varieties of semi-firm cheese. Serve with bread.
  • In a small saucepan under medium-low heat, add Blood Orange Olive Oil, Z'hug, orange peels, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes before adding the rosemary, then continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • Set aside and let cool completely. Add Cara Cara Vanilla Balsamic Vinegar and stir.
  • Pour over cheese, gently tossing to make sure everything is coated.
  • Cover and chill for 12 hours, or up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.