I often find that I have a small hunk of Parmesan left in the cheese drawer of the fridge. And, lately, I’ve been using that leftover hunk in this Cheese and Herbed Oil.
The cheese can be any kind you have – a little Cheddar, some Parm, Romano. But, I would recommend sticking to the harder cheeses rather than going with a soft cheese like brie or blue cheese in this.
The herbs can be whatever you like, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, sage, etc. If you use fresh herbs you’ll need to use the mixture within a couple of days, as it can go bad. If you only use dried herbs, you have a little longer to use it, but I’d still recommend using it within a couple of weeks. The mixture can also be frozen into small potions for longer storage. Try using ice cube trays or silicon mini muffin pans for freezing in small portions. Then, take it out of the freezer as needed.
I’ve used this for all kinds of goodies!
I’ve topped zucchini with it and placed them under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese browns on top. For the cheese topped zucchini, I mostly used the herbs and the cheese, draining them out of the oil.
I’ve used the cheese to top fish, basically the same as process as the zucchini.
I’ve used the oil to saute things (draining out the cheese).
I’ve topped slices of bread, and broiled them to make an open face grilled cheese.
Simply dip crackers or toasted bread into the spread. Drop a frozen cheese & oil cube into a batch of soup. Top plain pasta with some herbed cheese oil. It would also be great to give as a gift. It’s really a flexible way to use some leftovers. Let your imagination run wild.
Asiago & Parmesan Herbed Oil
1-2 ounces Asiago, at room temperature
1-2 ounces Parmesan, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
5 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
extra virgin olive oil
Break the cheese into small chunks (see photos below for detailed instructions on getting small crumbles). Then, using your fingers, crumble the cheese into small pea-sized chunks. Place the chunks into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Place basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano in the jar. Pour olive oil into bottle, just enough to cover the cheese and herbs. Cover tightly, and shake gently to mix the cheese and herbs together. Refrigerate unused portions. Use within 2 to 3 days.