Baked Feta Dip With Tomatoes

4 people
45 min


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This Baked Feta Dip with Tomatoes is the tastiest simple appetizer. Think warm and creamy feta, roasted tomatoes, and garlic, finished with a drizzle of honey and lots of fresh basil. Pair this baked feta with your favorite crackers, bread, or homemade crostini. So addicting, especially if you love cheese as much as I do.

I am absolutely addicted to cheese (if you did not know this already). I am sure this is pretty obvious considering how many of my recipes involve cheese. But hey can you blame me? Cheese makes everything better. I can’t pick a favorite cheese. I just can’t. What about you?


Cheese and crackers is my go to snack and I absolutely love to prepare a charcuterie spread for a large crowd. But I am always looking for ways to mix things up.


I saw these beautiful multi-colored cherry tomatoes at the grocery store and immediately they made me think about that viral feta tik tok pasta (which I still have yet to try). I wanted to turn this trend into an appetizer.


So this is how I landed on this recipe. And it definitely is not complete without the honey and roasted garlic so don’t skip out on those.


Highlights



  • Simple & fresh ingredients
  • Easy hands off recipe
  • Warm & creamy feta paired with roasted tomatoes
  • Sweet & salty
  • Great party & holiday appetizer


Ingredients

  • Feta: I recommend using the blocks of feta that come in a brine for this recipe. It has the best flavor and texture. You should be able to find this near the crumbled feta.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Use a variety of colors if possible.


Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located on the .


Instructions

before you start . . .



  • Prep tomatoes. Wash, dry, and using a small paring knife, cut the tomatoes in half.
  • Peel the garlic. I recommend detaching the cloves from the head using your hands. Then, use your palm to firmly press on the garlic clove. This should make the skin come off easily.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


Step 1: Place the feta in the center of a baking dish. Arrange tomatoes and garlic around the feta. Sprinkle the dried herbs on top. Season with salt and pepper. Lastly, drizzle everything with the olive oil.


Step 2: Bake for 35-40 minutes. Broil on high for a couple of minutes or until the feta begins to become golden brown. Drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh basil.

TIP - Serve hot!!


Expert Tips & Recipe Notes



  • Use fresh garlic. I highly recommend fresh garlic. Do not swap this for minced garlic or garlic powder.
  • Broil. If you want more color or a bit of a char, broil the feta to finish it. Keep a close eye on it so it does not burn.
  • Serve with bread, crackers, or crostini. I love serving this dip with rosemary sea salt crackers or slice baguette.
  • Build the perfect bite. Start with the bread or cracker. Spread the roasted garlic across it. Then add the feta, tomatoes, and basil.

FAQs

How do you store leftover feta dip?Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can you make this ahead of time?Yes you can prep it ahead of time. Complete step 1 and then cover the dish and stick it in the fridge up to 1 day in advance. Pull it out and bake it right before serving.

What do you serve with this dip?I recommend warm bread, crostini, crackers, flat bread, or fresh vegetables. You can even serve it over pasta.

How do you melt feta cheese?You need to heat the cheese in the oven or microwave. It does not spread when it melts like other cheeses. It will keep its form but texture will soften and it will be creamier.

What can I do with a block of feta cheese?Make this recipe! 😉 Bake the feta and serve it with bread as an appetizer.


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Recipe details

  • 4  people
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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Ingredients


  • 1 8 ounce block feta*
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes*
  • 10-12 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • pinch of salt
  • few cracks of pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • drizzle of honey
  • handful of fresh basil
  • bread for serving

Instructions


Review all recipe notes and instructions before beginning.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the feta in the center of a baking dish. Arrange tomatoes and garlic around the feta. Sprinkle the dried herbs on top. Season with salt and pepper. Lastly, drizzle everything with the olive oil.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. Broil on high for a couple of minutes or until the feta begins to become golden brown. Drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh basil.

Tips

  • Feta: I recommend using the blocks of feta that come in a brine for this recipe. It has the best flavor and texture. You should be able to find this near the crumbled feta.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Use a variety of colors if possible.
  • Use fresh garlic. I highly recommend fresh garlic. Do not swap this for minced garlic or garlic powder.
  • Broil. If you want more color or a bit of a char, broil the feta to finish it. Keep a close eye on it so it does not burn.
  • Serve with bread, crackers, or crostini. I love serving this dip with rosemary sea salt crackers or slice baguette.
  • Build the perfect bite. Start with the bread or cracker. Spread the roasted garlic across it. Then add the feta, tomatoes, and basil.
Brianna May
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  • Carol in VT Carol in VT on Jul 03, 2021

    I’ve made this dish with frozen, home grown cherry tomatoes. It’s so lush and creamy and really tastes great in the winter when fresh tomatoes are hard to find. Easy and decadent. I will add garlic next time.

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