Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives

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Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives : delicious appetizer. Mediterranean way !

Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives : delicious appetizer. Mediterranean way !

This Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives is absolutely our favourite appetizer and we prepare it quite often.

It is interesting to notice how the intensity of tastes varies depending on how ingredients are preserved: home made marinated olives have intense flavours, especially if herbs are added to oil when preserving so the difference between home made and store bought is quite noticeable. The same thing happens with preserved fish.
Anyway, it becomes an exciting journey to discover the flavours every time we prepare it, using the same recipe with the ingredients arriving from different sources.

Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives : delicious appetizer. Mediterranean way !
This post seems like perfect occasion to write a word or two about sumac, red powdered spice coming from Middle East since I sprinkled feta with it . The jar of sumac we have on our spices’ shelves arrived from the most beautiful street market I have ever seen : La Boqueria, Barcelona. I consider sumac to be Mediterranean spice but the use of it spreads much further, up to Central Asia and gives lemony taste to food. I used it instead of lemon slices when cooking Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives so if you add slices of lemon to feta, the result is almost the same.

Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives : delicious appetizer. Mediterranean way !

Sumac bushes can be found on Sicily and southern parts of Italy as well ( I didn’t know that, must say ). If you are into spices as we are, it is interesting to know sumac is one of za’atar ingredients together with dry thyme, oregano, marjoram and black pepper.
The other ingredient mentioned ( and used ) is Mediterranean spices mix and you can easily make it yourself by combining 1 tps of dry oregano, basil, marjoram, summer savory, thyme and sage.

Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives : delicious appetizer. Mediterranean way !
Once feta is baked, serve it immediately to enjoy it’s creamy texture. The taste this dish releases is everything but dull and glass of white wine fits so beautifully to it that it really drives you far far away…
I served this appetizer with Italian Black Breadsticks from ScratchΒ  and it was really an excellent combination.
Last but not least is the fact that photos were inspired by beautiful food blog Theviewfromgreatisland

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Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives

Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives : delicious appetizer. Mediterranean way !

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword Baked Feta Cheese with Canned Sardines and Olives
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Mediterranean spices mix
  • 1 Feta block ( 4 x 3 inches; 0.34 lb )
  • 6 canned sardines in oil ( 0.23 lb )
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • Pinch of Sumac

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, combine olive oil and Mediterranean spices mix.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 C / 392 F.
  3. Place feta in small dish both ovenproof and to be served in.
  4. Arrange sardines and olives around and pour olive oil mixure.
  5. Sprinkle sumac over the cheese and cover with foil.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Take the foil away and serve immediately with bread sticks or crackers.

 

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