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Moretum (Cheese with Herbs) Byzantine Recipe

Original Recipe
Appendix Vergiliana
Four garlic cloves, celery, rue, coriander, salt grains, and cheese.


  • 1 1/4 cup fresh cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons celery leaves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, finely minced (to substitute for rue )
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Moretum (Cheese with Herbs)

Moretum (Cheese with Herbs)

Preparation Steps:

  • Combine all ingredients and shape into a round.
  • Serve with bread or crackers.

Makes 1 1/4 cup.


  • Parsley was substituted for rue due to the fact that rue may cause adverse effects.
  • If possible, make the Moretum at least 24 hours in advance, to allow the flavors to blend.
  • To¬†mold into a round (or any other shape), line the mold with plastic wrap, then press the cheese¬†into it, cover with more wrap, and chill.
  • It will last at least two weeks in the refrigerator.

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