Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes

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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. Β 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.

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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.

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

Give your olives a rough chop and place into a bowl.

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

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.

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

Cut the feta into cubes and place in an oven-proof dish.

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

Add just a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to the tomatoes and olives and give it a stir.

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

Spoon the tomatoes and olives over the feta and drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

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!

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

Β It also reheats well if you have left-overs, but the chances of that happening are slim. Very, very slim.

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Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes | heatherlikesfood.com

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Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes

Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut feta into 1" cubes and place in a small oven proof baking dish.
  3. Combine tomatoes, olives, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and spoon over feta.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the entire baking dish
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the feta is very soft and spreadable.
  6. Serve with warm pita bread.
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Comments

  1. says

    OMG. You made it, ha! This post is conjuring up yummy flashbacks!!

    Um, will you please FedEx me a pre-baked dish? Thanks:)
    xo

    • Heather says

      Of course I made it! I have a pathetic one-track mind. And you just have to come visit and I’ll make it for you. :P

  2. Alyssa says

    This was gorgeous Heather! I used tomato and basil feta (b/c that’s what I had on hand), and after it was baked I mixed it into some pasta. It made a very yummy pasta sauce! Thanks for the recipe:)

    • Heather says

      Oh yum, I’m going to have to try it will flavored feta and using it as a pasta sauce- never would have thought of that but it sounds awesome! Thanks.

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