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This Baked Feta Appetizer comes together in just minutes with only a handful of ingredients - olives, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh garlic, olive oil, and dried herbs. Bake it all together with a block of feta cheese until it's warm and creamy then serve with crispy crostini!
You Will Love This
- It's so quick and easy! The only prep work required for this baked feta is thinly slicing the garlic! Other than that it's pretty much just throw everything in a baking dish and bake. Which is what makes it one of our family's favorites.
- It's feta like you've never had it before! We've all enjoyed crumbled feta on a Greek salad or a vegetarian pizza, but this baked feta is a warm, decadent way to enjoy feta cheese in a whole new way! It's got roasted olives, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes in an olive oil marinade. The flavors are amazing, the texture is indulgent and the way it all comes together will make this your go-to appetizer recipe too!
- It's a delicious appetizer or side dish to serve along with:
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Feta - For the best flavor and texture, buy a block of feta (preferably in brine) instead of the pre-crumbled stuff.
- Pitted Olives - A jar of pitted, Mediterranean olives will usually provide a convenient medley of green and Kalamata olives. If you’re not a fan of one or the other, though, just get the kind you prefer.
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes - Get sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, rather than dried ones, if you can. Dried tomatoes will need to be reconstituted for this recipe.
- Olive Oil - The olive oil is a key player, here, so get a good one: preferably cold-pressed and organic.
- Fresh Garlic - Freshly minced garlic always has a better, bolder flavor than the stuff in a jar. I totally get that sometimes you just need the convenience of pre-minced garlic, but it’s not worth it for this appetizer.
- Dried Oregano, Thyme, and Rosemary - You can use an Italian seasoning blend in place of the dried oregano, dried thyme, and dried rosemary if that’s all you have available.
Bake for 20 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and sliced French bread or crostini.
- My favorite feta to use for this recipe is the kind that comes as a block in a brine liquid. Being stored in brine gives the feta cheese a lot of extra moisture which helps to increase the creaminess in this baked feta. Just make sure you drain the brine off before baking!
- If you can't find a block in brine, just a regular block of feta will work as well. It will give you a very similar taste and texture as the feta that comes in brine. Honestly, crumbled feta would likely work too, the presentation will just be slightly different and you may need to bake it for less time.
- If you're not into olives, try roasting the feta with grape tomatoes instead! Keep everything the same, just replace the olives with tomatoes! The tomatoes will become tender, roasted, and delicious! You could also just skip the olives all together and enjoy this baked feta with the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and herbs!
Feta cheese gets soft in the oven, but it does not melt, because of its relatively high acid content. When acidic cheeses like feta are heated, the proteins tighten, expelling moisture. That moisture evaporates and the cheese becomes too dry to liquify. This baked feta recipe does give you soft, spreadable feta, but it's not melted feta.
An old marketing slogan promised us that, "everything's betta with feta" and they weren't wrong! A block of feta has endless potential and dresses up everything it touches. In this baked feta recipe, it's transformed into a warm, cozy appetizer with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and crispy crunchy crostini!
Feta cheese originated in Greece and is associated with Mediterranean and modern Middle Eastern cuisine. That means feta goes well with other flavors and dishes from the same regions, including olives, hummus, pita, nuts, bell peppers, and roasted veggies. In this feta dip, we pair it with olives and sun-dried tomatoes along with garlic and herbs for a classic Mediterranean-inspired flavor!
You can usually buy feta in a few different ways: in brine, vacuum packed, or crumbled. It's technically all feta, but the feta in brine is going to be creamier and more flavorful. Once you've used the block of feta for this easy feta appetizer recipe, you can use the leftover brine as a base for dressing or to marinate veggies before roasting.
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