Marinated Feta Appetizer

Serve this Marinated Feta Appetizer with crackers or crusty bread. In this recipe, feta cheese is marinated in olive oil, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon, and sun dried tomatoes for a delicious and simple appetizer.

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At the advice of my doctor, I’ve temporarily eliminated dairy from my diet. Naturally, ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT is cheese these days.

And because I’m not eating cheese right now but thinking about it constantly, I remembered I had photographed and written this recipe for Marinated Feta a while back and never posted it.

I first made it last summer when I was testing this recipe for a Greek Pork Kebab Platter (which by the way is so good. I need to add that to our meal plan again soon. I love Greek food!).

No time like the present to share the deliciousness that is marinated feta!

How to Make this Feta Cheese Appetizer

Four quick steps to this recipe:

  1. Gather ingredients 
  2. Make the marinade
  3. Pour the marinade over the feta
  4. Let the mixture chill out in the fridge for about 6 hours.

Marinated Feta Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Fresh Oregano
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What Herb Goes Well with Feta Cheese

If you don’t have fresh oregano, you can substitute other herbs! The most important thing is that the herbs are fresh. You won’t get the same impact by using dried herbs in this recipe.

I recommend fresh Rosemary, Thyme, Dill, Basil, or a combination. You could add in some fresh parsley too if you have it on hand and need to use it up.

close up shot of feta with chopped sun dried tomatoes

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How to Marinate Feta 

First, you’re going prepare the actual marinade.

To do that, gently heat some olive oil. The flavors from the herbs and garlic will infuse faster and better into the oil (and then into the cheese) if the oil is heated.

After the oil is heated (note: you aren’t going to boil it), you’ll remove it from the heat and add the aromatic ingredients (garlic, herbs, zest, etc) and allow them to infuse while the oil cools.

You don’t want to immediately add the cheese to the heated oil because you don’t want to heat and soften the cheese. At least not yet…read on to learn how to bake feta!

Once the oil is cool, you’ll pour it over the feta cheese and allow it to marinate in the fridge so the cheese gets infused with the delicious flavor of the oil.

What else can I add to this Marinated Feta Appetizer

Honestly, whatever you want!

First, check out this post about Flavor Pairings for Feta Cheese where I wrote about some of my favorite ingredients that go well with feta.

Then, I would take a quick peak at either The Flavor Bible or The Flavor Thesaurus to get even more flavor pairing suggestions if you are looking for fun or unique ways to tweak this recipe and make it your own.

Here are a few ideas that I think would make great additions if you are looking to mix things up. Please note that I have only tested the ingredients and measurements as written in this recipe, but

What to Make with Marinated Feta

Serve as is for an tasty cheese appetizer, or with homemade pita chips for scooping

Make a cold feta pasta salad – nice and refreshing for a hot day – using this recipe for Pasta with Green Beans, Feta, and Dill. Use the marinated feta in place of plain feta

Or, make this Warm Mediterranean Pasta Salad featuring olives, tomatoes, and zucchini. Honestly, this pasta salad could be eaten warm or cold. I love it warm because I like the way the feta gets soft and almost melts a bit.

Add marinated feta chunks to your pizza as a Vegetarian Pizza Topping in this recipe for Supreme Veggie Pizza with Mozzarella and Feta. This pizza cooks on the grill – YAY for not turning on the oven during the summer!

Make an easy feta salad for a side dish with tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, marinated feta, red onion (try these easy pickled red onions!), and a bed of lettuce. This would go great served alongside these Greek Pork Kebabs – make a fun meal out of it!

black bowl with feta and lemon

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Can I Make Baked Feta with this Recipe?

Yes! You can totally make baked feta using this recipe. You’re halfway there already. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Transfer the marinated feta – oil and all – to an oven safe baking dish. Something like a small gratin dish works best. Cover with foil
  3. Bake the covered mixture for 20 minutes, or until the marinade is very hot, bubbling, and the cheese softens NOTE: Feta cheese doesn’t actually melt. It just becomes warm and soft. AND SO GOOD.
  4. Remove the foil and finish under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes if you want the feta to get nice and golden on top

More Greek Appetizers

Looking for some more Greek Appetizers to serve alongside this Marinated Feta recipe? I have plenty of ideas to help you put together a delicious Greek Appetizer Platter. The best part is many of these appetizer recipes can be made ahead.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Feel free to browse the entire recipe index or check out my other appetizer recipes.

Tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, lemon, and oregano make up this Greek take on the classic Pico de Gallo. Greek Pico de Gallo is a great fresh appetizer! This would be great served alongside this Marinated Feta Appetizer for a Greek themed night!

In this recipe for Marinated Olives with Garlic, Thyme, and Rosemary, a variety of olives are stirred in and left to marinate in the herb and oil mixture becoming more flavorful with time. 

Tzatziki is great as an appetizer with toasted pita wedges and vegetables for dipping. I love this cucumber-y yogurt dip and I can’t believe I had never made it (or eaten it) before my Trip to Greece several years ago! (Related: How to Tour Athens in a Day!)

With this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus I served a variety of vegetables: grape tomatoes, yellow pepper, celery, and grilled whole wheat pita bread wedges. It makes another great platter item!

Cucumber Feta Rolls are a refreshing appetizer featuring feta, dill, olives, and Greek yogurt. If you don’t want to make the rolls, just make the filling and serve it alongside cucumber slices for easy dipping.

Try making your own pita chips using this recipe for Whole Wheat Garlic Pita Chips.

What are your favorite things to make with feta?

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Marinated Feta Appetizer

Marinated Feta Appetizer

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Serve this Marinated Feta Appetizer with crackers or crusty bread. In this recipe, feta cheese is marinated in olive oil, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon, and sun dried tomatoes for a delicious and simple appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Chopped Fresh Oregano
  • 3 tablespoons Chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • Freshly Ground Black Peppercorn, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 8 Ounces Plain Feta Cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Instructions

  1. Pour the olive oil to a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and heat until the oil is warm.
  2. Add the chopped fresh oregano, chopped sun dried tomatoes, lemon zest, garlic, and peppercorn to the olive oil. Stir to combine and remove from heat.
  3. Let the oil cool to room temperature while the flavors infuse into the oil.
  4. Once the olive oil has completely cooled to room temperature, add the lemon juice and stir.
  5. Add the chunks of feta cheese to a jar large enough to accommodate the feta and oil mixture.
  6. Pour the cooled oil mixture over the feta chunks. Seal the jar with a lid, and refrigerate for 6 hours before serving.
  7. When ready to serve, bring the mixture to room temperature as the oil may thicken/become solid at cold temperatures.
  8. If desired, garnish with extra fresh oregano leaves for a pop of green color when serving.

Notes

Storage Tips:

Store this recipe in the refrigerator and consume within 3 - 4 days.

Substitution Tips:

If you don't have fresh oregano, you can substitute other herbs! The most important thing is that the herbs are fresh. You won't get the same impact by using dried herbs in this recipe.

I recommend fresh Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Dill, or a combination. You could add in some fresh parsley too if you have it on hand and need to use it up.

Can I Make Baked Feta with this Recipe?

Yes! You can totally make baked feta using this recipe. You're halfway there already. Here's how:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Transfer the marinated feta - oil and all - to an oven safe baking dish. Something like a small gratin dish works best. Cover with foil
  3. Bake the covered mixture for 20 minutes, or until the marinade is very hot, bubbling, and the cheese softens NOTE: Feta cheese doesn't actually melt. It just becomes warm and soft.
  4. Remove the foil and finish under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes if you want the feta to get nice and golden on top

 

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 274 Total Fat 26g Saturated Fat 8g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 17g Cholesterol 34mg Sodium 350mg Carbohydrates 5g Fiber 2g Sugar 2g Protein 6g
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