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Say Cheese! Baked Feta With Marinara

Feta cheese is perhaps Greece's most spectacular contribution to the culinary world. Traditionally feta is made from sheep or goat's milk. However, many producers today make it with cow's milk. It's a brined curd cheese that's commonly aged in blocks. Feta is white with a salty, tangy flavor that ranges from mild to sharp.

Depending on how long it ages, feta is soft to semihard in texture. Usually it comes in the form of a square cake that's packed in brine. Feta dries out quickly once removed from the brine. The crumbly cheese is scrumptious in salads, nachos, and flaky pastries like spanakopita. To check out my favorite way to enjoy feta,

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While it may not be the best melting cheese, when baked, feta obtains a smooth, incredibly delicious creaminess. Combined with marinara sauce, it makes a super-easy appetizer that's insanely crowd pleasing. I've made this dish a million times and it always gets rave reviews.

Baked Feta with Marinara

Baked Feta with Marinara

Baked Feta with Marinara

Ingredients

  1. 1 baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  2. olive oil, for drizzling
  3. salt
  4. fresh ground black pepper
  5. 8 ounces feta cheese
  6. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  7. 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Arrange the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
  3. Bake until toasted and crisp, 12-15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, crumble the feta in single layer in an oven-safe serving dish.
  5. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes over the top.
  6. Cover completely with the marinara sauce, spreading smooth.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until the marinara is bubbly and darker in color.
  8. Carefully remove from the oven and serve immediately with the toasted crostini.

Serves 6-8 as an appetizer.


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doogirl doogirl 7 years
This sounds amazing! I'll be making it soon!
DonnaP19 DonnaP19 7 years
I made this for a dinner party on Saturday. It was delicious! It was easy to make, and everyone loved it. I might make it again for this weekend, too. Thanks!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
this looks amazing
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
This might make me like feta. I think marinara can make anything taste better.
shellbelle1 shellbelle1 7 years
I'm not a huge fan of marinara but I LOVE feta so I have to try this!
ashopaholic ashopaholic 7 years
love feta, I could go vegan if it weren't for this wonderful cheese!
emalove emalove 7 years
Yes, please! I love anything with feta!
syako syako 7 years
btw, party I love these posts! I love learning about cheese. We bought manchego last weekend and devoured it. My husband said it's not his new favorite cheese ever! ;)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My aunt always makes things with feta cheese in them and I just can't get over the texture of it. But this recipe might disguise it enough for me to actually like it. My husband's not a big feta person, either, but I'm sure he'll like this one too.
Food Food 7 years
Can't wait to try!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Whoa!
partysugar partysugar 7 years
ilanac13: If you don't like feta, this recipe works very well with goat cheese too.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
that actually looks REALLY REALLY good - and to think that i don't care too much for the taste of it. i might have to pick up some feta though and make this when my fiance comes home from his trip this weekend.
syako syako 7 years
I love feta. I just had some on my bagel with hummus. :drool:
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
Looks really good.
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