With just a few ingredients and a blast of heat, a standard block of feta cheese is transformed into an unexpectedly luscious and creamy spread for pita wedges and vegetables.
Tip: As this appetizer sits at room temperature, it will eventually firm up again. A quick return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes should soften it up once more.
Pair with Rosemary and Clementine Sparkler!
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
In small ovenproof dish, stir together crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Place block of feta cheese in middle of sauce and bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in bowl, stir together green olives, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, pine nuts, and oil. Spoon mixture over and around feta cheese, return to oven, and bake until bubbly and cheese is warmed through, about another 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with black pepper and serve straight from the oven alongside pita, crackers, and vegetables.
This recipe is part of the Holiday Cocktail Party collection.
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