Ever since I had baked Feta at a lovely out-of-the-way restaurant in PanamÃ¡, I’ve been wanting to make it myself.Â The idea is just so simple!Â I’d had baked Camembert plenty of times in Germany – when I lived there, baked Camembert with rote GrÃ¼tze was one of my favorite dishes, right up there with DÃ¶ner-Kebabs and Currywurst – but I’d never thought to bake Feta.Â Brie, yes; Raclette, yes.Â Fried Kasseri and Halloumi?Â You bet.Â But baked Feta was a new one for me.
Seeing as Feta is one of my favorite cheeses, baked Feta turns out to be one of my favorite baked dishes!Â Adding a sprig of rosemary and a few shavings of lemon zest highlights the savoriness of the cheese and gives the dish a decidedly Mediterranean flavor.
Baked Feta with Lemon & Rosemary
Zest grated from an organic lemon (seeing as you’re eating the peel, organic is worth it; besides, organic lemons are more juicy and thin-skinned, so you’ll have plenty of leftover juice to use in salad dressings, marinades, desserts, as fresh lemonade, whatever you’d like)
Sprig of fresh or dried rosemary
Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
You can use a toaster oven or a standard oven for this one. I chose a toaster oven since it’s faster and you don’t need an entire baking sheet to hold the Feta.
Place uncut Feta on an aluminum- or parchment-covered baking tray. Top with lemon zest and a sprig of rosemary, then drizzle with just a hint of oil. (The oil is especially important if you’re using dried rosemary – it will prevent the rosemary from being scorched.) Bake at 250 for about 7 minutes in a toaster oven or at 350 for 10 minutes in a standard oven. The goal is to have the Feta just begin to soften and to start turning a light golden brown. While you’re waiting, place lettuce on a large serving plate or several individual smaller plates.
Remove Feta from oven and carefully transfer to waiting lettuce bed(s). Drizzle lettuce with a little bit of oil and lemon juice if desired.
Courtesy of Cultured Cook.
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