Baked Feta with Olives and Rosemary is an appetiser that everyone will love! This Mediterranean dish has feta, baked to perfection with fresh herbs, chilli and aromatic citrus peels, all doused in extra virgin olive oil. What’s more, it is quickly and easily prepared. It takes just 10 minutes (or less) to place the ingredients in an oven-proof dish and then 20 minutes to bake in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C (355 F).Get your ingredients organised.
Place the feta in a small oven-proof dish - See Note 8.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.
Serve hot with crusty bread, warmed pita or with toasted ciabatta - See Note 9.Smear the warm, creamy cheese onto some bread, scooping up some of the olives and olive oil.
Sheep milk feta is traditional, but you can use the feta of your choice.
If you enjoy soaking up flavour-filled olive oil with crusty bread, use a little extra oil.
Wash the orange and lemon well as you will be using some of the skin. Reserve the orange for another use. Enjoy the fruit, or make it into juice.
In Australia, the tablespoon is 20 ml or 4 teaspoons. In many other countries, the tablespoon is 15 ml or 3 teaspoons. You may need to adjust your quantities accordingly.
For general use, I prefer olives with pits as I believe they have a better flavour. However, you may prefer to use pitted olives with the Baked Feta. If not, please be sure to warn your guests of the pits.
I like to use fragrant rosemary, but you could use fresh thyme or dried oregano.
Use chilli flakes if you prefer, or omit them and use freshly ground black pepper.
You will serve the baked feta in the same dish.
If you require a dish that’s gluten-free, serve the feta with some gluten-free crackers.
Feta is packed in salt brine so there’s no need to add any extra.
Please note, the nutritional information is based on this dish serving four people as an appetiser. It does not include what the dish is served with. The nutritional information is an estimate only.