Gooey Baked Feta with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes

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I love a baked dip of any kind. This one is a little different.

In the summer, I gravitate towards super easy appetizers. I want to spend my time outside, hanging out with friends, watching fireworks and warding off mosquitos!

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I love this particular appetizer because all it really requires in the work department is mixing a few things together. There’s so much balance in this dish; brightness, acidity, delicious fatty olives and some spice. It all results in a warm dip that’s perfect for spooning over a piece of warm bread. I usually like cold things in the summer, but this appetizer—while warm—is super light and refreshing.

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Let me know if you try it!

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Baked Feta with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes

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While a warm appetizer, this baked feta with olives and cherry tomatoes dish is light and refreshing. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons) 
  • 6 ounces feta, torn into chunks 
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups green olives, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. To a baking dish, add the feta chunks, cherry tomatoes, green olives, crushed red pepper, garlic cloves and pour the olive oil and lemon mixture over. Toss until combined.
  2. Transfer to the oven for about 30 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes have wilted slightly and everything smells fragrant. Serve warm with sliced bread. 

Yield: Serves 4 to 6, as an appetizer 


Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.