Feta cheese, marinated with lemon and herbs in olive oil, a little rock salt and some black peppercorns...soft, creamy and delicious!
I adore marinated feta. I love the beautiful array of flavours ~ herbs, chilli, lemon, garlic, sun-dried tomato, capers, olive ~ that surround the cheese and infuse into the oil. I love its versatility; crumbled in a salad, melted within a breakfast omelette, topping a slice of fresh bread spread with chunky avocado (Aren't avocado and feta a match made in heaven?) or a piece just popped into one's mouth on the way past the fridge. Sigh!
Marinated feta can be expensive to buy but it's so easy and quick to make at home. There are so many different combinations for delicious marinades but I made mine, for the feta I bought at a deli, with fresh herbs from my garden and the zest of an organic lemon.
Feta with the lemon, rosemary, thyme, salt & peppercorns that will flavour the olive oil.
Layer cubes of the feta with herbs, lemon zest, salt & pepper in a clean glass jar.
(I put a glug of olive oil in the bottom before I put the first layer of feta in.)
Continue making layers of feta, herbs, lemon & seasoning then cover completely with oil.
(I used extra virgin olive oil.)
Seal jars and place them in the fridge. Leave overnight for the flavours to develop.
(Eat within use by date of your feta...but mine never lasts that long!)
If you'd like to make your own marinades for feta cheese, here are some flavourful links:
Herb mix for marinated feta that features dried herbs
When every last cube of feta has been enjoyed, you can use the fragrant oil to make a salad dressing. Just whisk some of the fragrant oil with a little lemon juice, a touch of mustard, a little honey or sugar and maybe an extra twist of salt and pepper.
If you love feta and you haven't made your own marinade for it before, I hope you'll try it. The flavours are simply divine!
p.s. A jar of marinated feta makes a very delicious gift too!