I saw baked feta and tomatoes everywhere last year and for good reason because it tastes incredible, it's vibrant and the perfect summer appetizer! If I'm not mistaken I think the version that went viral was with pasta? I could be wrong, let me know in the comments below.
This recipe is right up my ally of rich flavors and deep color from fresh season produce.
Certainly inspired by the gorgeous photos on Pinterest, and other social media platforms I still cant tell you what exactly the recipe entails? Feta, tomatoes and basil that's what I know for sure and this is my take, which is a definite winner for our family.
This recipe for baked feta and tomatoes use ingredients based around the Mediterranean way of eating so they are all have those delicious flavors!
Tomatoes I went with cherry tomatoes for the availability of the different colors that are in season right now but you can use just red tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes are more juicier than say Roma tomatoes, the size is a perfect fit for this recipe and I love how the edges roast so beautifully!
Seasoning and Spices I used the salt and pepper from Smell and Taste and the beautiful flavor packed spicy paste that you see me using in the video is a combination of Smell and Taste spices with extra virgin olive oil. It was the left over spicy blend from this Spicy Salmon Recipe
Nduja is a Calabrian spreadable sausage paste, from Calabria, Southern Italy. This was the perfect addition to our baked feta since we also use our Calabrese spice and the Calabrese paste. The flavors in this version of baked feta and tomatoes is incredible!
Roasted Peppers: You can certainly use roasted peppers in a jar, however, if you do, make sure the quality is very good. You can also use your own roasted bell peppers but again, if you are roasting at home, for storage make sure you have a great quality olive oil.
Feta Cheese: Honestly any feta cheese works well in this recipe.
Fresh Lemon: That's what I think really brightens up all flavors pulling everything together into the perfect balance.
Olive oil: Here's the thing, whenever I use either store bought or homemade, things like sundried tomatoes, roasted tomatoes and bell peppers, I never throw the oil out! The flavor in those oils is unbelievable because of all the time is sits there soaking up flavor. In this recipe I use a combination of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from Smell and Taste and the remaining oils from the jars.
Fresh Basil: Such a beautiful herb, basil. I prefer giving the baked feta and tomato a few minutes to cool of from the steam of the oven before adding the basil. You don't want to shock the basil in the heat as the bake comes out the oven, rather fold it in gently just a couple minutes later.
How To Make Baked Feta and Tomatoes
Use an oven safe dish and add all the ingredients into the dish, except the fresh basil.
Bake until your body can feel like 'something wonderful is happening in your kitchen' the tomato bake is gently bubbling over with fresh juices and the cheese is somewhat melting.
Add the fresh basil after a 2 minute cooling. You don't want to shock the fresh basil leaves to the heat so a gentle fold into the bake once the steam is out.
What To Serve This Baked Feta and Tomatoes With
This is really one of those whichever way you want to eat it type thing and if you're anything like me, it's by dipping some crusty bread. Here are a few ways in which you could use this baked feta and tomato bake. Both Related and Recommended recipes.
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Baked Feta And Tomatoes
- 500 grams cherry tomatoes seasonal rainbow colors is possible
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp. calabrese spice mix with oil from Smell and Taste
- 1 teaspoon Nduja paste
- ¼ teaspoon Calabrese spice
- ½ cup roasted bell peppers
- 200 grams feta cheese
- ½ fresh lemon squeeze
- ¼ cup oil (combination of olive oil sundried tomato oil and roasted peppers oil.
- fresh basil
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and arrange two racks in the oven, one middle to lower and the other further up for grilling. Otherwise, simply move the rack up on that step.
- Prep all the ingredients, I like rinsing and slicing the tomatoes lengthways, making sure they are dry before roasting.
- Add the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients to a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and place it higher up to grill for 2 minutes. Some grills are crazy hot so watch that it doesn't burn!
- Remove it when you are happy with caramelizing from the grill.
- Allow the roasted feta and tomatoes to cool for a few minutes, and add the fresh basil which you gently fold in.