The allotment sorely needs my attention right now, it will be planting time soon and a) I haven’t done any preparation and b) and even more pressing is that until today I haven’t sown any seeds.
I have a To Do List in my head – clearing the winter debris, tidying jobs abound, a new path to be cleared between the greenhouse and shed and talking of the greenhouse it’s on my to do list too! But I’m not going to dwell on the To Do List as there’s a tendency for it to all start feeling a bit overwhelming. I remind myself this is a hobby, a pleasure and an escape from TO DO lists. Instead I accept that a busy life means it’s a case of do what and when I can and while I’m there pick a few leaves of winter greens like Chard and Kale, dig a handful of Leeks and see what’s in the fridge.
And talking of the allotment, I will take you all up there soon – I just need to remember to take my camera with me!
On to today’s recipe, it’s a Foodie Discovery – simple, inspired and delicious. It had never occurred to me to bake Feta whole before, I thought of Feta Cheese as something you added to a salad. That is until a sunny summer afternoon on a small Greek island, and heading away from the beach in search of shelter and sustenance we came across a small Taverna, ordered a beer and drooled over the menu. There were the usual suspects but gems too of Chickpea Fritters and Baked Feta. With the sand between our toes, a cool beer to hand we whiled away the afternoon sipping and supping.
Midweek meals need to be simple, quick and tasty too. And I think today’s recipe of baked feta ticks all those boxes. Baking the cheese softens it, brings out its creaminess. Try it with a cous cous salad, roasted vegetables, steamed greens, kalamata olives, salads, pita breads and you have a feast. A quick fuss free feast. No fuss and a no brainer! So instead of thinking of feta as a salad ingredient think of it as a baking buddy
Baked Feta Cheese Recipe
Ingredients and Method
- Turn the oven on to 180C
- Tear a piece of baking foil at least twice the size of your piece of feta cheese
- Pour approx a tablespoon of olive oil onto the foil
- Open a packet of feta cheese and wash it gently in cold running water
- Place the feta on top of the oiled foil
- Place a few slices of finely cut red onion, red pepper or courgettes on top of the feta
- Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil on top
- Sprinkle a generous teaspoon of dried herbs like Thyme or Oregano and then a grind black pepper
- Make a parcel by wrapping and sealing the feta in the foil so there are no holes
- Place on a baking tray and cook for 20 minutes, until the cheese is warmed through and smells enticing
Remembering those sunny days on a Greek island makes me realise how much I long for summer days and holidays, I could do with a fix of warmth and relaxation right now….. but maybe I’d be better off being in the now and sowing some literal seeds.
Awesome simple idea! Sounds delicious 🙂
Great to hear from you frugal. And yes its a real winner
I love baked feta – Greek restaurants here offer a version in breadcrumbs too, fried and served in a small iron pan with garlic and tomato. Yum!
Great to hear from you frugal. And yes its a real winner
Ooops don’t know what happened there Cathy! Well I probably do – I was using my phone to answer comments and it’s playing up….. time to clean it up or ditch it!
Hi Cathy I’m loving the sound of feta in breadcrumbs another tasty treat
Great with pitta bread, olives and a big salad!
Ooo, love this idea and WILL be enjoying it with my lunch tomorrow. Thank you for the wonderful idea Claire.
Here’s to your weather warming soon.
Have a wonderful day.
🙂 Mandy xo
Fab! Let me know how it goes Mandy. Wish I could join you for your lunch tomorrow 🙂
Now that would be awesome!
That looks fantastic! Might just have to try this one.
Hi Julie, thank you and I hope you both try and like it. Hope you have a great day
That looks and sounds absolutely delightful Claire. I usually wrap the food in parchment first so the aluminum doesn’t touch it as it’s been linked to Parkinson’s like illnesses. I think I’ll borrow this idea for our salad tonight!
Hi Eva – that’s a great tip about using parchment (greaseproof) paper
And I hope you enjoy your salad tonight
I love feta cheese, what a delicious idea!
Yaay! Hope you get to try it
I definitely will, as I always have feta cheese on my fridge! 🙂
A grand dinner idea! I always buy more feta than I need and also try to use it up by making a creamy yogurt based salad dressing. But baking the leftover chunk is genius!
BTW: Can’t wait for this year’s allotment photos! Happy Spring Claire!
I know what you mean about having more feta than you need, I always end up in the same boat as you. So I’ll have to remembe ryour idea about making a feta dip! Do you have a preferred recipe or is it a case of make it up as you go along 🙂
Seems so delicious dear Claire, so beautiful. Thank you, love, nia
Hello Nia, thank you my friend x
I’m going to try this, Claire. Feta is one of my go-to cheeses and I have never had it baked.
I hope you enjoy it Sharyn – cooking it does change the flavour / texture. Hope you have a great week
Lovely pictures and a great idea.
This sounds fantastic, Claire! I always have feta in my refrigerator, but not in block form. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to bake it whole, but this makes sense! I can think of so many times this would feel like a treat, and be an unexpected surprise for drop-in guests. I am always reminding myself that most of my pressures are connected to keeping up with a variety of things (and people) I truly enjoy, but may not need my immediate attention. I’m sure as spring gets into full swing you’ll find your way to those allotment preparations. 🙂 I, on the other hand, with such a long growing season, keep putting off my garden chores. I may need to set a deadline. 🙂
I know what you mean about wanting a bit of sunshine and warmth! Hopefully the snow we have just had will be the last for this year! What a great idea baking feta. We always buy it and use half in a dinner. I always struggle to think what to do with the other half! Good luck with getting started again after the winter in your allotment.
Take a deep breath and follow where your soothing thoughts wander. To do lists be damned.
This sounds (and looks!) delicious! I’ve only ever had feta in salads… well .. it’s good to know that it can be heated up …so I will have to try that! Good one!
Oh you had to remind me about seeds-late-to-be-started :(. But I do love a food that adapts to what may need to be eaten. And I believe there is a red pepper in my veggie drawer.
What a delightfully simple and delicious idea. We’re big feta fans, but tend towards rediscovering it after periods of forgetting about it. This looks kind of unforgettable! 🙂
A fuss free feast…sounds perfect.
Gorgeous – I bought a rather excessive amount of Feta and Halloumi at the Bexhill Farmer’s market last week and have been wondering how to use it up!
What a great idea for an easy meal! Thank you. (Reblogged this–thanks!)
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I love feta cheese–I’d never thought to do something so simple and easy for a summer lunch or supper.
Love the idea of baking the feta. Here’s an idea for you, too. Mix feta with a generous amount of rosemary and top it with olive oil for a quick and easy appetizer. Love feta!!
HI Claire, that looks so yummie! Don’t worry about being late with sowing. I always start late and things don’t get that leggy while they wait for their rescue. 😉
I love your header…I’m looking forward to the days when ours are blooming!
Your recipe sounds tasty. I never had the feta baked. I bet you can make it with various garden veggies and herbs.
My mouth is watering reading and seeing this. I’ve never known how to do this. Thanks for the recipe.
Feta spinach pizza
I could go for some right now…I hope I have some. Viva la Greek Isles and their meze!
Baked feta, I used to have that when I was in Greece! Feta everywhere and cooked in all ways! 🙂 What good memories…
This is one thing I have to try, soon 🙂
Delicious! You know I never think of doing this either, but so simple and easy and just a perfect snack smeared on crackers or bread with a glass of wine! I have guests coming so this is what I will make. Thanks for sharing. Happy Spring.
This is a brilliant recipe, so easy, fun and perfect for a gathering. Sharing, pinning, sending smoke signal or whatever the cool way to celebrate social media these days.. LOL Claire, I hope you are doing well. Have a safe weekend and take care
Thanks Bobbie x
Love the title of your post! It describes perfectly the way I’ve always cooked! Or, during the winter months, substitute refrigerator and pantry for garden…
That’s the great thing about this recipe – it seems to go with all sorts of things either from the garden or the pantry. In fact I think I might have it tonight with some put lentils on the side 🙂