Marinated Feta

What a way to infuse flavor into spoilt milk.. ahem.. cheese? It quickly caught my attention when the uber-talented and famous David Lebovitz posted it. The idea was as delightful as his blog. As simple as it may sound, the tangy feta mellows down after soaking in the fruity olive oil. The herbs add a nice touch and so do the chillies. I too refrained from using garlic due to ill effects as mentioned in his post.

Here's the method. Feel free to be creative.

  • Feta cheese cut into cubes
  • Any fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, basil, etc
  • Whole or crushed black peppercorns, and/or slit red chillies, and/or red pepper flakes
  • Good quality olive oil

In a clean, non-reactive bowl/jar, stack the feta cubes. Throw in herbs and pepper in between the cheese layers. Fill with olive oil, cover the jar and leave it in the fridge for a few days , to let the flavours develop.

Marinated feta on toasted focaccia

It is plainly divine as such, slathered on a crostini(fancy talk for a thin toast), or as a spread for your favourite sandwich (like I did with this omelet sandwich for lunch today). Kevin adds roasted red peppers and olives to his mixture. Sounds delicious. I will definitely do that next time.

25 comments:

Mythreyee said...

OMG! that's one amazing idea. I love feta and the minute I saw the feed update on my bloglines, I opened this link, curious, how it would look like or taste like. I will definitely try this one ASAP. Looks fantastic and I am sure it will taste great. Very good picture.

sunita said...

I love feta cheese and this is a wonderful idea :-)

Raaga said...

Feta must be like paneer?

I see it here all the time... but find it so expensive that I don't buy :)

nina said...

Deary me, this is such a tempting photograph...I just want to sink my teeth into that chunk of bread!!!

Nirmala said...

Sug, this shot would have won in CLICK! Simple, drool worthy and lovely shot!

Soma said...

I am not fond of cheese, but if i did have cheese it would be this way, infused with olive oil & herbs! wonderful!

Priya said...

That was an interesting fact about garlic in oil Sug. Thank you. The feta truly looks divine, the teeny piece of ciabatta under it looks like a mere transporter of cheese :D

Vani said...

Loved the pictures, Suganya! Feta looks pretty all dressed up! :)

rekhas kitchen said...

ooohh that looks so amazing mmmm and I have tried your Gajar ka muffin they came out very very well and we just loved them and thank you so much for the yummmy recipe just love it and I am going to post it for T&T for sweatha once again thanks for such a wonderful recipe

Happy cook said...

I love marniated feta on my toast, never made them home, i am bookmarking this one.
Delicious.

veggievixen said...

oh yum.

did i mention i love feta?

Manasi said...

GORGEOUS pics!
I have never tasted feta! Somehow we are a little cautious with trying new cheeses, but ur post makes me want t try it! Thanks!

Cilantro said...

Thanks for sharing ..I would like to marinate paneer and use it later in our Indian recipes.

Sabina said...

yummmmm!!

:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I make a similar dish with goat cheese that I like to take on picnics with loaves of fresh bread. I'll have to try your version this summer.

Lisa said...

This is a feta lovers dream!

Cynthia said...

I've bookmarked this and will definitely make it as an appetizer when entertaining. Thanks!

A_and_N said...

Cheese, cheese! I love it.

Priya said...

Gorgeous..looks really yummy!!!

Swapna Pravin said...

Feta cheese is my fav. Love ur idea.Very cute blog with nice clicks.

Ranjani said...

I just spent the last hour browsing through your blog...and I have to say you have the most brilliant pictures and captivating settings!

Peabody said...

Looks like it makes a great appetizer.

homecooked said...

The pic is so beautiful! Looks yummy.

The Food Hunter said...

This is a great idea. Your pictures are amazing.

Soma said...

Suganya Made this, loved it, posted it:-)

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