baked feta with tomato and olives

baked feta with tomato and olives

marinated olives

I had a tub of feta lurking around my fridge for ages, and whilst I like it in small doses, I generally don’t eat a lot o fit. Almost too salty for me, I prefer to crumble it over a salad making it less over powering.

As for the olives, I while back I tossed a few varieties I had with sliced garlic, lemon zest and fresh thyme sprigs and allowed this to marinate in the brine in the fridge in a tub. This makes a fabulous snack with drinks, and the olives take on so much of the flavour.

I love Calamata olives cooked in a pasta sauce, so feeling inspired by Greek flavours, I made this little recipe. Its super easy and makes a fabulous addition to a tapas style lunch or as a picky appetizer snack with drinks.

Recipe | serves 4 – 6 as a snack | easy | 45 mins

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 3 T wine (optional)
  • 1 t of chopped oregano (or dried)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 200 g feta (I used Simonsberg plain feta)
  • a handful of baby tomatoes (I used rosa)
  • a handful of Calamata olives

Heat he olive oil in a pan and gently saute the garlic, and add the tin of tomatoes before this goes brown. Add the wine and the oregano and cook for about 20 minutes. season with salt and pepper to taste. *remember to pre-heat your oven to 180 C (350 F) about half way through the making on the sauce.

Break the feta into medium sized chunks and arrange in an appropriate sized oven dish. Cover with the sauce and spread this around to evenly distribute. Dot the tomatoes and olives in between all these and bake for around 25 minutes until the sauce is heated through and the feta is lovely and soft.

Serve this with crusty bread, and scoop the sauce on. Quite delicious.

If, and I say if you have any left over, this makes a fabulous topping on a pizza or spread onto a wrap and rolled up with all manner of fillings.

baked feta with olives and tomato

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30 Responses to baked feta with tomato and olives

  1. Aninas Recipes November 23, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Gorgeous Recipe! So simple but absolutely mouth watering! Would love to snack on these this weekend! xxx

  2. Louise November 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Will have to try this soon! Looks so delish!

  3. Anne November 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    That looks so good. Will definitely try that tomorrow while watching the rugby!!

  4. Charmaine November 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    YUMMYYYY!!! thank you for sharing this great recipe 🙂

  5. Sam November 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    The pleasure is all mine Charmaine 🙂 – thanks.

  6. Sam November 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    HI Anne, enjoy the rugger. Perfect snack for it.
    Sam

  7. Sam November 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Thanks Louise, so very easy.

  8. Sam November 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Thanks Anina, have a fab week end.

  9. Charmaine November 26, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Hi Sam! Okay I made this yesterday and it was reaalllyyy good! Me and hubby both had seconds and thought it was great 🙂

  10. Sam November 26, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Hi Charmaine, thanks for letting me know and glad you enjoyed 🙂

  11. Flee November 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Ohhh Wow, do you think if I dab my screen with a bit-o-bread I would be able to taste it?? This really looks num and is on the Christmas list. Thank you

  12. Zirkie November 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Fantastic idea, Sam!! I love feta and will definitely try this!

  13. Sam November 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Thanks Zirkie 🙂

  14. Sam November 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Flee, you always make me laugh, dab away. 🙂
    Sam

  15. Flee November 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Sam thanks so much. There are days that I wish computers had a scratch and sniff function… Imagine that LOL… Thanks again for all the fab recipes. Have a stunning evening

  16. usha singh November 27, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Hi Sam this is such a wonderful recipe & i have 2 tubs of feta lurking in my fridge, so i am most certainly going to try it out. Love the pictures.

  17. Sam November 27, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks Usha! btw, you were fabulous on TV x

  18. Jeani November 29, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    I love your site and this is the first recipe I tried last night for our regular wednesday veg braai. We used french loaf to dip and it went well with a green salad and a braai’d butternut. Very very very tasty! it was a great hit and I intend to do this at my future braais too!! Thanks!!

  19. Sam November 29, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    He Jeani, so glad you tried and enjoyed it. I must say it will be featured in my life in the future too and I’m not the biggest feta fan. Thanks for letting me know.
    Sam

  20. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    This is right up my ally! I adore feta! And olives! I would never have lurking feta in my fridge 🙂 but i am super keen to try this!

  21. Lindsay January 8, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    This looks great but where do you find a tin of tomatoes and how many ounces did you use?

  22. Sam January 9, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    HI Lindsay, are you joking re the tomatoes? available in every grocery store in the Western world probably. A can is 13 or 14oz.

  23. Jeani January 9, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Sam, I made it one night and added gnocchi to make it a proper meal and it was deeeeeeelish!!! What a win! So addictive (:

  24. Sam January 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    HI Jeani, Oh gnocchi sounds stunning with that.

  25. Barb Greenhill September 7, 2016 at 2:21 am #

    What exactly is the amount of a tin of tomatoes?

  26. Sam September 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    HI Barb, s far as I’m aware the uiniversal tin size is around 400gmns. Its a standard tin.

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