Bejeweled Baked Feta Recipe

This bejeweled baked feta is the kind of dish that stands as a testament to the vibrant tapestry of flavors that is created when we cook across cultures. With its medley of colorful ingredients, this appetizer bridges the gap between Mediterranean and Middle Eastern kitchens. With each bite, you'll immerse yourself in a mosaic of tastes that echo generations of tradition.

According to Ksenia Prints of At the Immigrant's Table, this dish speaks to the interconnectedness of food and heritage. Flavors from the Middle Eastern kitchen—pomegranate arils, olives, garlic, and pine nuts—come together with a Greek-style baked feta preparation to create a symphony of textures and tastes.

From the subtle crunch of pine nuts to the burst of pomegranate seeds, every component of this dish brings its own story to the plate. As you make this bejeweled baked feta, prepare to connect your kitchen with a world of rich tradition and unforgettable flavors.

Gather the Ingredients for bejeweled baked feta

For this Bejeweled Baked Feta with Pomegranate Relish, you'll need a block of feta cheese as the base. Accompany it with pine nuts for a satisfying crunch. Add color and tang with pomegranate seeds and savory depth from kalamata olives. Fresh mint and parsley provide a refreshing touch, while pomegranate molasses and minced garlic infuse enticing flavors. These simple ingredients come together to craft a dish that embodies both Middle Eastern and Greek traditions and taste.

Craft the pomegranate relish

Dice the olives to match the size of pomegranate seeds and pine nuts, ensuring consistent texture without any single ingredient dominating. This meticulous uniformity helps create a balanced dish where all the flavors and textures can meld harmoniously. Mix pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, kalamata olives, olive oil, mint, parsley, pomegranate molasses, and minced garlic in a small bowl.

Bake the feta

Add the feta cheese to an oven-safe baking dish. Layer the prepared relish evenly over the feta cheese, allowing the ingredients to blend together while baking. Bake at 375 F for 20-30 minutes, until the feta is golden and some of the relish has broken down into a liquid. The moderate heat of the oven will soften the feta and cause the relish to intensify into a cooked sauce, creating a dish where all the elements can play off each other while still retaining soem texture.

Serve the bejeweled baked feta

Once the feta has softened and the relish has come together, your bejeweled feta appetizer is ready to serve. Getting the feta's texture right ensures that every bite carries with it a balanced blend of the accompanying flavors, enhancing the cheese's melt-in-your-mouth texture with bursts of freshness and zest from the pomegranate relish.

Serve your bejeweled baked feta and pomegranate relish with a selection of crackers, pita wedges, or baguette slices. The inviting combination of the melted feta and the vibrant relish showcases the exciting interplay of textures and flavors, turning every bite into a celebration of exotic cuisine. This appetizer or snack promises to elevate any gathering with its bold flavors and inviting presentation.

Bejeweled Baked Feta Recipe
5 from 21 ratings
From the subtle crunch of pine nuts to the burst of pomegranate seeds, every component of this baked feta recipe brings its own story to the plate.
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Total time: 35 minutes
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ¾ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¾ cup kalamata olives, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 (8-ounce) block of feta cheese
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, olives, olive oil, mint, parsley, pomegranate molasses, and minced garlic.
  3. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place the feta cheese block in a baking dish.
  5. Spread the pomegranate relish mixture evenly over the feta.
  6. Bake it in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, until the feta softens and slightly melts.
  7. Remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  8. Serve your baked feta with pomegranate relish as an appetizer or snack, with crackers, pita wedges or baguette slices.
Calories per Serving 580
Total Fat 54.0 g
Saturated Fat 12.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 50.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 17.3 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Total Sugars 9.1 g
Sodium 839.4 mg
Protein 11.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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