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Baked Feta with Olives and Rosemary is the perfect appetiser for last-minute guests. It is quickly and easily prepared; just 10 minutes (or less) to prepare, and, while it bakes in the oven, you can open the wine. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the vibrant flavours of the Mediterranean.
A recent visit to Greece inspired this lovely appetiser. Baked feta is a classic mezze, served in many tavernas throughout Greece, and has become one of my favourite appetisers. It is the perfect dish to serve forparties or unexpected guests. It is quick and easy to prepare, leaving you to get on with other things whilst it bakes.
Start with a block of feta of your choice. Place the feta in an oven-proof dish, add extra virgin olive oil, olives, and herbs and spices of your choice. Then place the feta into the oven for 20 minutes. When it’s baked, the feta takes on a completely different persona. Baking the cheese transforms a block of crumbly feta into a delicious, creamy spread. The feta does not meltwhen heated, it keeps its shape, whilst absorbing some of the flavours of theaccompanying ingredients. The vibrant, sun-filled flavours in this dish are easily identified as
With this recipe, there are really three appetisers in one.
This is a great recipe to customise. The concept is simple and the ingredients and quantities can be used as guidelines and varied as required.
If you’re entertaining for large numbers of people, use a large oven-proof baking dish, the required number of blocks of feta and an increased number of olives. I have chosen to use fresh rosemary, but you could use fresh thyme or dried oregano. In general, I prefer to use fresh herbs as they provide a much brighter flavour. However, when it comes to oregano, my preference is for the dried herb. Oregano is one herb which dries well and retains a lot of its flavour. You could add dried chilli flakes, a few cherry tomatoes or
If by chance you haven’t used all the warm feta, you will find that once it has cooled it will once again become firm, but it will now be more fragrant and flavoursome. It’s perfect to crumble over salads or roastedvegetables.
You can’t go wrong with this appetiser. Even if you are a complete novice in the kitchen you will be able to make this and serve it with pride to grateful recipients. The presentation is beautiful and it tastes as good as it looks.
Take a little trip to Greece with this vibrant appetiser which is perfect to serve to guests or quickly prepare on a Friday evening to enjoy with a relaxing glass of wine. Enjoy!
Please let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe.
Xx Alex and Faye
Baked Feta with Olives and Rosemary
- 200 g feta *
- 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
- 3 strips orange rind *
- 3 strips lemon rind *
- 1 tbsp lemon juice 20 ml
- 1 cup mixed olives *
- 3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves *
- 1 long red chilli *
- fresh chopped parsley optional garnish
- Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F).Get your ingredients organised.
- Place the feta in a small oven-proof dish.*Pour the olive oil over the feta.
- Add the strips of lemon and orange rind, then pour over the lemon juice.
Distribute the olives around the feta. Sprinkle with the rosemary leaves*.Cut a few thin slices of chilli and reserve them for garnish after the feta has baked.Quarter the remainder of the chilli lengthways and cut into strips. If the chilli is hot, remove the seeds and membrane. Add the chilli to the feta.
- Place the feta into the oven and bake about 20 minutes, until hot and bubbling.You will know it’s ready when the edges of the feta become slightly browned. If you want a little more colour, place it briefly under the grill.Remove from the oven and top with the reserved chilli slices and a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley if using.
- Serve hot with crusty bread, warmed pita or with toasted ciabatta*.Smear the warm, creamy cheese onto some bread, scooping up some of the olives and olive oil.