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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Make Your Own Marinated Feta

The sun is shining, the skies are blue - and very quiet I must add, as Britain struggles with the fallout from the Icelandic volcano this week. I'm in a summery mood and have been able to get out into the garden after the looooong winter.

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I used to be able to buy marinated feta with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and chillies, but haven't seen it on the shelves recently. No matter, this recipe is easy and tastes just as good, if not better. One of the best things you can do with the feta is to stuff it into red peppers and bake them, serve with crusty bread - delish!

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Cut the feta into cubes, add oregano, coriander and black pepper

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Use a sterilised jar and cover with the oil

Marinated Feta
Adapted from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

350g feta cheese
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon coriander seeds (I used ½t of ground coriander)
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
125g sun-dried tomatoes in oil
4 small fresh red chillies (I will slice these in half next time)
3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
Olive oil

Pat the feta dry with some paper towels and cut into 2cm cubes. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with the oregano, coriander seeds and black pepper.

Drain the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and put the oil to one side.

Arrange the feta, chillies, rosemary and sun-dried tomatoes in a 750ml sterilised jar. Cover with the saved tomato oil and top up with extra olive oil if needed.

Seal and refrigerate for 1 week before using (it will keep for 6-8 weeks in the fridge). Serve at room temperature.

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Jan said...

Oooh this is right up my street! Feta and chillies - yum!

Finla said...

Looks so so good, i did last with herbs and chillie flakes and loved it too.

diva said...

Love love marinated feta! And the oil becomes so delicious and flavourful, I love dipping breadsticks into it :) This has beautiful colours and looks perfect as a gift!

Patchwork Dragon said...

That looks fabulous as usual Nic. And I'm thinking it would make a great little gift for someone too.
Personally I'm not a chilli person, would it matter if I left them out do you think, or do you not get too much heat from them this way?

Nic said...

Jan - thanks, I knew it would be!

Happy Cook - thank you - chilli flakes is a great idea!

Diva - I will try with breadsticks! Thanks!

Patchwork Dragon - just leave them out. I just went and tasted the feta (it's been in the fridge for a couple of weeks) and really the chilli flavour wasn't that hot. (That's why I am going to cut them in half when I make it again, lol.)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I made a little bit opf this and gave it away Christmas. I had swerved it just thrown into a salad...I like the idea of baking it.

anudivya said...

The colors are just popping! I will remember this the next time I want to buy some pre-made.

grace said...

i'm not crazy about plain ol' feta, but if it's been soaked in these flavors, methinks its appeal would skyrocket!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

What a grand idea to marinating your own feta!!

Looks very tasty & apart!

Deeba PAB said...

Right up my cheesy street Nic. Gorgeous pictures and so alive with flavour! Sigh ... now to find a goat, milk it and begin making my own feta!!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That look simply divine :)

Unknown said...

You are right, I used to see something like this in the supermarket but it seems to have vanished lately. My local turkish store probably does feta in oil but I don't get to go there so easily. You've got me dreaming about summer now!

Sylvie said...

Nic, you've just made me drool!

Soma said...

I have done these at home and are truly droolworthy!

Soma (

muralimanohar said...

Dang...gonna have to do this...dh is a nut about marinated feta, and the storebought stuff is insanely overpriced.

Anonymous said...

I'm terrible for buying feta then forgetting to eat it. This would be a handy way of extending it's life when I don't fancy eating it. Roll on summer and greek salad season :o)

Anne said...

You know I'd never thought about making my own marinated feta! It sounds and looks delicious, I will be definately making this very soon!

Anonymous said...

GOODNESS! I love feta and buying it ready-marinated sometimes means I don't get the flavours I want. This such a great idea. Oh, and your strawberries and cream cake? Send over a slice pleasee!

Karen said...

BEAUTIFUL Nic! Just my cuppa tea or should I say Jar of Cheese! Karen

Jamie said...

Oh, I love this recipe! We used to buy jars of marinated feta all the time and then stopped and I can't even remember why! This looks so flavorful and delicious. I must do this this summer!

Choclette said...

What a lovely recipe - I think I might be making this one. I'm another sone for buying feta and then letting it go off in the fridge, so this is great.

Debs @ DKC said...

Oh yum, I'll so be making this soon. When I lived in UK it was easily available. Here in Spain I've only seen it in one supermarket at a costly price of almost 6E far too expensive.

I'd not thought of making my own, thanks for sharing

Tulip said...

Ticking all my boxes here... cheaper, tastier, great gift idea AND it looks fantastic. I've got feta in the friddge, I'm off to try it. Thanks Nic x

Anonymous said...

Hello! Found your blog through #FF on Twitter. This is so pretty! I like marinating cheese for nibbles too - especially homemade yoghurt cheese, it takes up the flavour beautifully.

Sara said...

This looks amazing! YUM. :)