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Marinated Feta Cheese with Garlic Infused Oil

Olu
Marinated feta cheese in chili garlic-infused oil! impress your guest with this delicious, marinated cheese as an appetizer for your next party or gathering. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or salad.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack, starter
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 5
Calories 113 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g feta cheese
  • ¾ cup good quality virgin olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp chives chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

make the garlic chili-infused oil

  • Peel and smash a couple of garlic with the back of a knife then set aside. Place a small saucepan on low heat, add extra virgin olive oil, smashed garlic and red pepper flakes, bay leaves, and bring to a gentle boil for 15 minutes. take it off the heat and leave it to cool completely. Using a small sieve strain the oil and store it in a jar.

Prep the feta cheese

  • Remove the cheese from its packaging and cut the feta into small cubes then transfer to a shallow bowl. Sprinkle some freshly cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, and zest of 1 lemon on the cheese
  • Marinate the cheese: To a small mixing bowl, add the garlic-infused oil, parsley, dill, chives, and black pepper and mix to combine.
  • Pour the herby oil on the feta until covered. Cover with a cling film and place in the fridge for up to 1 hour before serving if time is of the essence or 24 hours for the flavor to fully develop.

Notes

How to store
Store in an airtight container or mason jar. This cheese gets better with flavor as it keeps in the fridge. It will last up to 1 week in the fridge and the oil can last a lot longer.
PS: the nutritional value of the olive oil is not calculated for this recipe. The recipe assumes 3 feta cubes per guest.

Nutrition

Serving: 5gCalories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 454mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 387IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 207mgIron: 1mg
Keyword marinated cheese, marinated feta cheese
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