Here’s a rule that I think should be a thing: Friends shouldn’t go to the Mediterranean without bringing all of their friends. I say this because I’ve spent the last 2 weeks following my cute friend Eliza’s Instagram feed as she has traveled and ate her way through Europe. I’m now seriously aching for some white stucco’ed buildings, bright blue water, and open-air markets thanks to her. But the one picture of her’s that has burrowed its way into my soul and isn’t surrendering residence anytime soon was that of her grilled feta cheese with olives and tomatoes.
Photo by Eliza @ Eliza Domestica
Do you see what I mean? I saw it and immediately imagined myself sitting on a deck over looking the blue water with a light breeze running through my hair, pieces of warm pita bread in hand. My days aren’t planned, my children are inexplicably well-behaved as I lounge next to my hubby for hours, and a hunky way-too-young-for-me-local keeps the feta flowing like honey.
Good thing it doesn’t take much to make this dream (or at least part of it) a reality: feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.
Give your olives a rough chop and place into a bowl.
Dice up a fresh tomato– halved cherry or grape tomatoes would be great for this too. Place the tomatoes in the bowl with the olives and add a clove of minced garlic to it too.
Cut the feta into cubes and place in an oven-proof dish.
Add just a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to the tomatoes and olives and give it a stir.
Spoon the tomatoes and olives over the feta and drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the feta is soft and hot– it won’t actually melt all the way but will spread easily. Serve with warm pita bread and enjoy!
It also reheats well if you have left-overs, but the chances of that happening are slim. Very, very slim.
- 8 oz feta cheese
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/2 C Kalamata Olives, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut feta into 1" cubes and place in a small oven proof baking dish.
- Combine tomatoes, olives, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and spoon over feta.
- Drizzle olive oil over the entire baking dish
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the feta is very soft and spreadable.
- Serve with warm pita bread.
by Heather Cheney
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