How did I end up on the last train home stuffing a cheese and onion pasty in my mouth? Oh… I appear to have missed my mouth altogether, found most of it my cleavage. Classy… Anyhoo, it was my 32nd birthday so if there was ever a time to get drunk and eat pasties this was it. But what has any of this got to do with baked feta I hear you ask? Absolutely nothing, just wanted to tell you it was my birthday. Let’s move on.
So baked feta, I’ve never made or eaten this before but apparently it’s a ‘thing’ in Greece and I have Greece on the brain. I’m just about to finish ‘My Map Of You‘ a book written by my very own housemate Isabelle Broom. I mean, I knew people wrote books, they must do but I’ve never met anyone who’s actually written one I can buy in a shop. I tried writing a book once, it was about a boy who worked in a revolting old pet shop. Pretty sure it would have been a best seller, if only I had written more than four pages. Oh well, que sera, sera’.
Anyway back to Isabelle, who successfully managed to transport me to Greece and back in a mere few pages (what a lovely cheap holiday for those of us that can’t afford to go away.) Move over Jojo Moyes, there’s a new romance novelist in town. Bravo Isabelle, I loved your book and I can’t wait to read all the other books you have locked away in your noggin. Oh and can I borrow a fiver please?
Right sorry, I keep getting sidetracked. This baked feta recipe is easy and insanely delicious. It’s a bit like eating a deconstructed pizza, you bake the topping and then scoop it up with the pitta. Do it, do it, do it!
Baked Mediterranean feta
Serves 2 / hands on time 10 mins / total time 30 minutes / V Gf
You will need: Foil and a baking tray
200g vegetarian feta
1 red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
½ red onion, sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tsp dried oregano
2 handful black olives, halved
1 regular tomato, roughly chopped
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
1 pita to serve (optional)
1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6
2. Slice the peppers along with the onions and chop the cherry tomatoes and olives in half. Roughly chop the regular tomato and season everything well with salt and pepper.
3. Smooth out 2 large pieces of foil and lay a bed of sliced peppers in the middle of each. Slice the feta in half and pop each slice on top of the peppers. Arrange the regular chopped tomato around the sides of each and top the feta with the onions and cherry tomatoes (it doesn’t mater if a few fall off, just leave them at the side).
4. Scatter over the olives and sprinkle with dried oregano. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Fold up the sides of each parcel and scrunch the top until sealed. Place on a baking tray.
5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Once cooked, carefully remove from the oven, open the parcels and slide onto plates. Serve with warm pitta and another drizzle of extra Virgin olive oil.
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V – Vegetarian. Gf – Gluten free – if you forgo the pita bread.