If I had to pick a favourite cheese, I think it has to be Feta! And this marinaded version with herbs and spices just brings it to a whole new level of deliciousness. Serve it in a salad, on it's own as an appetizer, on bruschetta or dressed up on cocktail sticks. However you choose to serve your Marinaded Feta, it won't disappoint!
Years and years ago, I remember buying my first ever block of Feta cheese. And to be quite honest, I wasn't really convinced that I liked it. I thought it was cool to like it, because it seemed the "in" cheese a the time. I'm talking the late 90s and I was a 100% Cheddar girl all the way. That was pretty much the cheese I grew up with and loved. Well, apart from Kraft Singles. And yes, I know that's not real cheese, but it was probably my favourite even before Cheddar. I ate a lot of Kraft Single grilled cheese sandwiches. I really thought there was noting better, ever. Well, except for Cheese Whiz sandwiches. I won't even start talking about that.
Anyway, I decided to embrace trendy adulthood and buy some Feta. I was cool, right? Not quite.
I got the Feta home, opened it up and ate some. Ummm, not quite a Kraft Single, a spoon full of Cheese Whiz or a sharp piece of Cheddar. But I ate it. You see, I never have a problem eating food. Even if I'm not keen on it, I'l l still manage to scarf it down. No food problems here.
Over a few days, I made my way through the block of cheese and still couldn't seem to really like it. I was eating it for the sake of it but not really enjoying anything about it. But I could drop into a conversation "Oh yes, I buy Feta all the time, it's great!". All the while my nose would be growing faster than a new born baby.
I bought another block or two and then decided to quit my cool Feta obsession because it just wasn't working for me. Like, at all.
Flash forward a few more years and me being a new mom with lots and lots of time at home. I really developed my absolute love for cooking and trying out new things. And again, thanks to Epicurious, I gave Feta a whirl again. This time, I loved it! I almost ate a full block without stopping and continued buying it on a regular basis until it almost became an addiction. Back away from the Feta.
While I was on my Feta kick, I found marinaded Feta in jars at my local supermarket. I tried it out, and if possible. loved it even more. I was back week after week buying jar after jar. I couldn't get enough. Then one random day off I set off, baby in tow, to buy my little jar of addiction. Walked happily down the isle already imagining being back home having a bite or two, and the shelf was empty. Like barren. You could almost see the tumble weeds blowing. Not only the jars, but the price sticker on the shelf was gone. What? When the shelf sticker is gone, we know that's bad news.
It never ever returned.
And so a Marinaded Feta recipe is born. Something like 15 years later, I'm sharing this simple yet wonderful recipe with you all.
Time to get obsessed.
Notes about the Feta:
First of all, make sure you buy real Feta! Not the imitation Greek style cheese (as it's sometimes called), the real stuff. It will be called Feta and will be from Greece. That's what you're looking for.
There is no magic or science to this recipe, it's just a few herbs and spices together with the cheese. That really is it. It will keep in a jar in the fridge for weeks at a time. Well, unless you have cheese issues like me.
I love it in a salad like pictured here, but you can eat it however you like.
Oh, when you store it in the fridge, the olive oil may harden slightly. So before serving, it is best to take it out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature before serving.
Apart from that, a 5 minute recipe full of flavour and great for seeing out summer.
Happy marinading and get cheese obsessed!
Makes 1 8 oz jar / Prep time: 5 minutes / Cook time: None
5 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
Fresh crushed black pepper and coarse sea salt
1 block of feta cheese, 250 grams
In a medium sized bowl combine the olive oil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chilli flakes, pepper and salt and stir to combine.
Cut the Feta into cubes. Add the Feta to the marinade and stir gently to combine.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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