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This Easy Baked Feta Recipe is the perfect appetizer for a crowd. A block of feta cheese is baked with cherry tomatoes, olive oil and fresh herbs. You will love the creamy, tangy feta paired with the sweet tomatoes. Serve with crostini, baguette or pita chips! 

   Easy Baked Feta Recipe with fresh herbs.

EASY BAKED FETA RECIPE

If you have been hanging around here for a while you know I love feta cheese. 

I use it in so many recipes like this Lemon Whipped Feta Dip, Chickpea Pasta with Feta, Tomato Cucumber Feta Quinoa Salad to these Roasted Carrots with Pistachios and Feta.

Today I am excited to be partnering with the American Dairy Association Mideast to bring you this Easy Baked Feta Recipe. 

Cheese can help fill the protein gap in your daily diet and this dip would be perfect for a protein filled snack or appetizer!  

It can help contribute to high-quality protein as well as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A in our diets.

I love making this recipe when I am having a get together. It comes together so easily but is beautiful and delicious. 

A warm block of cow’s milk feta cheese is roasted with cherry tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs. 

The flavors work so nicely together and make a nice dip with crostini or pita chips. 

Easy Baked Feta Recipe ingredients. WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS EASY BAKED FETA RECIPE?

COW’S MILK GOAT CHEESE: I suggest using a block of cow’s milk feta cheese in brine. 

CHERRY TOMATOES: I like to use cherry tomatoes. You can cut them in halve if you like. 

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Extra virgin olive oil helps bring out the flavor in the tomatoes and feta as they roast. 

SPICES: I used dried oregano, basil and thyme. You can add crushed red pepper for extra spice. 

FRESH HERBS: I like to finish this dish off with fresh oregano and parsley. 

LEMON ZEST: Lemon zest is optional but adds a nice sweet citrus flavor. 

Easy Baked Feta Recipe with golden serving spoon.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS BAKED FETA?

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl put the cherry tomatoes and mix with the 2 Tablespoons olive oil.

Easy Baked Feta Recipe tomatoes in a bowl.

Add the tomatoes in an oven safe dish.

Neste the block of feta cheese into the tomatoes.

Brush the feta with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil making sure to cover it competely with the olive oil.

Easy Baked Feta Recipe feta in a baking dish.

Sprinkle the dried oregano, basil, thyme, crushed red pepper and lemon zest over the feta and tomatoes.

Put the baking dish in the oven and baked for 20-25 minutes or until the tomatoes are just starting to burst and the feta is warm.

Remove and add the fresh parsley and oregano. Serve warm with crostini, baguette or pita chips.

 Easy Baked Feta Recipe with parsley.

DAIRY FARMING 

I have had the honor of visiting dairy farms in Ohio and love sharing their story with you all. They arte some of the most dedicated people I know to both their jobs and their animals. 

Dairy farmers are committed to help nourish communities and provide wholesome, nutritious, affordable food.

As someone who lives in Ohio I love that in Ohio and West Virginia, cows on about 1,600 dairy farms produce about 663 million gallons of milk each year. Did you know that 95% of U.S. dairy farms are family-owned and operated?

Ohio is home to about 1,550 dairy farms and 65 companies that bottle milk or make cheese. See where Ohio’s dairy farms, milk companies and cheesemakers are located! 

Milk makes it from Ohio and West Virginia dairy farms to your fridge in as little as 48 hours, making it a fresh source of high-quality protein. Follow milk’s amazing journey from the cow to your glass, and learn how dairy foods, including milk, cheese and yogurt, are made.

 Easy Baked Feta Recipe with crostini on a plate.  

IS DAIRY NUTRITIOUS FOR ME?

  • The amount of dairy foods you need each day depends on your age. For those 9 years or older, USDA recommends eating three daily servings of low fat or fat free milk, cheese and yogurt every day to meet dairy food group recommendations, close key nutrient gaps and contribute to nutritious and healthy eating patterns.
  • Dairy foods provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain stronger bodies and minds. The protein in dairy – whey and casein – keeps you feeling full longer, provides energy to fuel your day and helps muscles recover.
  • Milk, cheese and yogurt are delicious paired with plant-based foods, including whole grains and a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables—which tend to be more affordable because they are most abundant. Pairing dairy foods with plants can help pack in nutrients that kids and adults need, and often do not get enough of in their daily diets. 
  • Dairy and plants are the ultimate power couple that together deliver on calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and fiber. Research shows plant and dairy foods can help reduce the risk for chronic diseases, too. Dairy foods are often recommended as part of plant-based diets because they contain high-quality proteins and often under-consumed nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and potassium. 

Easy Baked Feta Recipe in a blue baking dish.

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS BAKED FETA 

  • I suggest using a block of feta in brine when making this recipe. Drain the brine and rub the feta with a small amount of olive oil. You could also use crumbled feta cheese but I suggest whipping the feta in a mixer for about 2 minutes and spreading it in a baking dish next to the tomatoes like in this Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Dip recipe.
  • I find that using cherry tomatoes works best in this recipe but you can use any tomatoes you like. If you use larger tomatoes I suggest chopping them so they are easier to eat with the dip.
  • You might notice that after you roast the tomatoes with the feta cheese there might be some excess water in the dish from the tomatoes. You can drain some of that out of the dish before serving if you want to. 
  • How cheese should be stored depends on what type of cheese it is. Get tips for safely storing hard and soft cheeses to maximize freshness including feta cheese.
  • Lemon zest would be a great way to garnish this dip after it cooks and add some sweet citrus flavor. 
  • I like to serve this with crostini but it would work great with baguette, pita crackers, regular crackers or pita chips.

Easy Baked Feta Recipe with logo.

Easy Baked Feta Recipe with fresh herbs.

Easy Baked Feta Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This Easy Baked Feta Recipe is the perfect appetizer for a crowd. A block of feta cheese is baked with cherry tomatoes, olive oil and fresh herbs. You will love the creamy, tangy feta paired with the sweet tomatoes. Serve with crostini, baguette or pita chips! 

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive, divided
  • 8 ounce block of cow's milk feta cheese in brine, do not crumble the cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper {optional}
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest {optional}
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped

Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    In a medium mixing bowl put the cherry tomatoes and mix with the 2 Tablespoons olive oil.

    Add the tomatoes in an oven safe dish.

    Neste the block of feta cheese into the tomatoes.

    Brush the feta with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil making sure to cover it competely with the olive oil.

    Sprinkle the dried oregano, basil, thyme, crushed red pepper and lemon zest over the feta and tomatoes.

    Put the baking dish in the oven and baked for 20-25 minutes or until the tomatoes are just starting to burst and the feta is warm.

    Remove and add the fresh parsley and oregano. Serve warm with crostini, baguette or pita chips.

Notes

You can put the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. When reheating put back in an oven safe dish and slowly heat in the oven until warm.

For more information about dairy nutrition, to find delicious new recipes and to meet Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers, visit www.Drink-MIlk.com, and follow the American Dairy Association Mideast on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Today’s post is sponsored by the American Dairy Association Mideast. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Barbara Malone

Thursday 21st of April 2022

What ingredients do use to brine the feta cheese?

Julia

Thursday 21st of April 2022

I usually buy feta in brine but if you can't find that then any block of feta cheese will work. I haven't tried to brine my own.

Tanvir Ahmed

Sunday 17th of April 2022

Lots of tomatoes.

Julia

Sunday 17th of April 2022

You can cut the tomatoes in half- just use whatever works for you. It will taste great either way.

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