simple. easy. delicious.

by Patricia on September 1, 2010 · 5 comments

marinated feta

It doesn’t get much easier than this: marinated feta. I first saw marinated feta on my friend Kristen’s blog Passion 4 Eating back in January, and now I am hooked. I eat it in sandwiches, crumbled onto pasta, atop burgers, with hunks of baguette, and sometimes just straight from the jar.

marinated feta

To make marinated feta:

  1. Cut a block of feta into good-sized chunks (you want chunks not crumbles) and put the chunks into a jar.
  2. Add your favorite hearty herbs (I used rosemary and sweet marjoram) and some spices (I used star anise, black pepper (ground or whole peppercorns), herbs de Provence, etc…)
  3. Cover the feta and herbs with olive oil and put the lid on the jar. Let it sit for a couple of hours or a few days if you can wait that long — it gets better with age. (Also, don’t worry about a fancy expensive olive oil for this, I went for the big bargain bottle at Trader Joe’s. The herbs and spices will fancy up a cheap olive oil anyway so save the good stuff for a special occasion)

marinated feta

If you plan on eating it within 24 hours, you can leave it out, otherwise stick it in the fridge where it will keep for a few weeks. Marinated feta is a great addition to a nosh-station at a cocktail party, but you certainly don’t need to wait for a party… try it tonight. Seriously.

Notes:

  • I’ve found that, in the fridge, the olive oil will sometimes gel up or solidify (which frankly looks weird), but if you set it out on the counter about an hour before you want to eat it everything will be just fine. Or you could just fish a cube or two out still covered in the somewhat congealed olive oil and put it on a panini.
  • Use a good feta that you like the flavor of. I used Kristen’s recommendation which is Pastures of Eden brand and I love it, but try it with whatever you like.
  • Bonus: the olive oil is delicious too so it’s not like you’re going to waste it. I like to dip bread in it and eat it as is, but try using it wherever you want a little extra oomph.

{ 5 comments }

1 Eliana September 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm

WOW – this looks amazing. I could see myself very easily growing addicted to this.

2 hopeeternal September 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I have been hooked on Marinaded Feta since I saw it on the Cherrapeno blog a few months ago and have posted my own version very recently – It seems to be the latest craze – but that’s fine as it’s delicious, including mopping up the excess oil with crusty bread – yum! Always interested to see variations on a theme so thanks for adding yours.
hopeeternal
‘Meanderings through my Cookbook’

3 Kristen September 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

Looks like YUM!
It has been a while. I have 2 pkg of the feta just hanging in the fridge, time to get busy! I think this would go great with the peppers and okra pickles I made. Missed you at IFBC, it was fun but I ate way, way too much ;-)
Thanks for the plug.

4 MaryMoh September 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

A new way to eat feta. I seldom eat cheese but this looks very tempting. Would love to try sometime. Thanks very much for sharing. Beautiful photos.

5 Winnie September 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I just thought you might like to know that you are my new favorite person. I loved your comment on Dianne Jacob’s blog, and now I’m all swoony over your marinated feta. I’m off to check out more of the posts on this adorable blog you’ve got here…

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