Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon

An easy baked cheese appetizer that shows off the spectacular sun drenched  flavors of the Mediterranean.  Serve it with some toasted bread and watch it disappear!



  • one block of feta (sold in the brine) about 300 gram, give or take
  • 1/2 cup De Rustica Extra Virgin Olive Oil Intense
  • juice of 1/2 large lemon
  • 1 – 2 cups mixed olives
  • 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • a few coarse grindings of black pepper


  1. Set oven to 180 Celcius
  2. Put the feta in a gratin dish or other small ovenproof dish that you will also serve out of.
  3. Pour the olive oil into the dish, followed by the lemon juice. Arrange the olives around the cheese, with the rosemary. I quarter the squeezed lemon half and throw that in as well. Sprinkle the red and black pepper over all.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbling. I loosely laid a sheet of foil over mine. You can finish under the broiler if you like for a little charring effect.
  5. Serve hot with toasted bread.


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