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Honey Feta Spread
July 22, 2009, 6:20 pm
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I’ve always loved feta cheese. It’s creamy, but not overly rich. Salty, but with a background tanginess that balances things out a bit. It seems that feta is primarily known for its presence in greek salads, but it’s just begging to be used in different ways.

When feta is cooked, it doesn’t become ooey-gooey like mozzarella or fontina. Instead, it retains its shape, becoming soft and spreadable but with a hint of its signature crumbliness. Honey brings out the creaminess in feta, downplaying the saltiness just a bit.

This is one of those dishes that keeps you in limbo for a little while before you finally give in to liking it. No doubt it’s a weird combination of flavors, and at first it’s confusing. But then you’re intrigued enough to take another bite, and you realize it’s interesting. Another, and you just might like it. Another, and you’re on your way down that dangerous path towards eating the whole thing. Fortunately, with only 3 ingredients, it’s really easy to make in small batches (actually, it’s really easy to make, period).

Made in a larger batch, this would also make a great dish for a party.

What you need:
1 package (8 oz) feta cheese
3 tbsp. honey
freshly ground black pepper

What to do:
Put an oven rack in the highest position and preheat the broiler.

Chop up the feta into 1 inch cubes. Divide it between 3 ramekins, or put it all in one broiler-safe baking dish (whichever floats your boat).

Stick the dish(es) under the broiler until the feta starts to get black-brown on top (this will depend on exactly how far your rack is from the broiler, but should be somewhere between 3 and 7 minutes).

After taking the feta out of the oven, drizzle with the honey and sprinkle with black pepper.

Serve warm with bread or crackers (or if you’re like me and space out and don’t buy anything in the store, flour tortillas that have been browned in a hot pan, or whatever bread-like product you have on hand).


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Josh, I’m excited that you started up a foodblog– and a rather good one, too! I’ll be frequenting it.

Oh and this dish looks fantastic. Def trying it soon.


Comment by Marissa

I am a feta lover, this sounds amazing!

Comment by Brian

Yum. I’d never thought of making feta “sweet” – but I tried some wonderful feta topped with honey and nuts at Whole Foods the other week. Feta is more versatile than I thought!

Comment by Q.

Yum! I’m going to try this to serve with figs.

Comment by Hannah

ooh that sounds delicious!

Comment by Josh

Yum! One of my friends is Greek, and his Mum from time to time used to bake a slab of feta and drizzle it with a dressing of olive oil, attiki honey, lemon zest, and oregano. Our palates didn’t know what to make of it, except that it was delicious.

Comment by Tim

WOW this really looks incredible – what a wonderful combination !! Cannot wait to try this next time the peoples come over to play!

Comment by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

This sounds amazing! I love feta cheese, and this seems so simple, but I bet it tastes fantastic! I think I might have to whip this up at my next get together!

Comment by Liesl

This looks so delicious! I love feta cheese. It seems so simple, but I bet it tastes amazing! I think I might just have to whip this recipe out at my next get together!

Comment by Liesl

Warm feta with honey sounds really good!

Comment by Kevin

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