By now, we’re fairly certain you’ve all seen or been influenced by the viral baked feta pasta on TikTok from last year. While there are hundreds of versions online now, the original recipe can be traced back to Finnish blogger, Jenni Hayrinen. Two years ago, she launched National Uunifetapasta Day (Finnish for “oven-baked feta pasta”) with the aim to inspire everyone to cook baked feta pasta together on that day. And last year, when the idea took off, “the stores actually ran out of feta cheese here,” Hayrinen told Today. So, of course, this inspired us to reimagine our own feta recipes and see how we can bring this classic salty cheese to life in different, but just as delicious ways.
When choosing these feta recipes we wanted to follow the same criteria as the baked feta pasta: simple ingredients, easy to make, and tastes delicious. So, read on to learn which ones made the cut, and don’t forget to add feta to this week’s grocery list.
Baked Feta by Suruchi Avasthi
Why We Love It: This is our food editor’s version of the baked feta recipe. This delicious appetizer can be served on a charcuterie board like this and be eaten all afternoon. Sounds like heaven.
Hero Ingredient: Capers bring their salty, briny flavor to the table (or board) for a perfect bite every time.
Pan-Fried Feta With Peppered Honey by Half Baked Harvest
Why We Love It: We can’t think of a better appetizer than salty feta cheese, coated in Panko bread crumbs and pan-fried to golden perfection—can you? We’ll wait. Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest always knows how to combine healthy and hearty all rolled into one cozy, comforting meal.
Hero Ingredient: It’s hard to pick just one hero ingredient from this jam-packed recipe. But if we had to choose, it’d have to be the peppered honey. It seeps into the warm feta and creates the perfect salty, sweet, and peppery flavor in each bite.
Baked Feta and Greens with Lemony Yogurt by Epicurious
Why We Love It: Feta always adds a touch of salt and creaminess to any dish and we love how this baked feta recipe really leans into those qualities. Warm feta, crispy chickpeas, and wilted hearty greens all come together in this delicious recipe.
Hero Ingredient: Toasted garlic infuses the olive oil and chickpeas with garlicky goodness and adds a nice finish to this dish. Don’t forget to save some for bread-smearing.
Whipped Feta Dip with Honey by Fed + Fit
Why We Love It: Feta is typically something we think of as a topper but this dip makes the classic ingredient the main event. With some added honey for sweetness, this dip is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Hero Ingredient: For a pop of flavor and texture, sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the top of this dip and enjoy your new five-minute favorite.
Roasted Cherry Tomato and Whipped Feta Toast Points by Spoon Fork Bacon
Why We Love It: There are two things in life that will always be perfect partners: cheese and bread. These point toasts make great appetizers or a healthy-ish snack. Either way, they’re delicious and we’re already eating them with our eyes.
Hero Ingredient: Roasted cherry tomatoes are the perfect bruschetta-esque topping to these toasts. They’re buttery, garlickly, thyme-y and basically everything that I want on a savory toast.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Whipped Feta and Hot Honey by Suruchi Avasthi
Why We Love It: We have a soft spot for sweet potatoes at Camille Styles’ HQ. This creamy versatile vegetable can be cooked in so many different ways—if you haven’t cooked Camille’s crispy roasted sweet potatoes you’re missing out—but it’s the feta in this recipe that really sets it apart. The cooking method in this recipe is also unique, utilizing both steam and then a roast that gives us that delicious char. Sign me up!
Hero Ingredient: Hot honey! Once again, honey enters the picture with all the sweet and spicy flavors you didn’t know you needed.
Broccoli Feta Fritters by A Healthy Life for Me
Why We Love It: If you’re looking for ways to prepare broccoli that aren’t steaming it, then these fritters are it. Feta makes these green little discs a little salty and creamy and a quick fry gives them a nice crunchy edge. Delicious.
Hero Ingredient: Red pepper flakes pack a little heat into these fluffy fritters that works perfectly alongside the vegetable-ness of the broccoli. All of that flavor wrapped up in one crispy exterior/pillowy interior bite… yum.
Mango, Avocado, & Feta Salad by Suruchi Avasthi
Why We Love It: If you’ve never added mango to your salad before then you’re officially missing out. The touch of sweetness with the salty feta and creamy avocado is what salad dreams are made of. This recipe also has chopped pistachios for added crunch and mint for freshness. Yum!
Hero Ingredient: Pistachios bring a nice crunch to the top of this salad that pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the avocado and softness of the mango. It’s truly a match made in heaven.
Pumpkin, Pea & Chorizo Frittata With Feta & Red Onion by Stuck in the Kitchen
Why We Love It: One thing about the frittata (besides how delicious it is) is how quick and simple it is to throw together. All you need is some eggs and veggies and you can whip up something delicious for brunch or lunch (or an easy mid-week dinner), with a simple green salad on the side.
Hero Ingredient: Spicy chorizo takes this frittata to another level by bringing a little heat that’s counterbalanced perfectly by the salty feta and earthy pumpkin. It’s a celebration of flavor.
Crispy Chickpea Spinach Salad With a Mustard Dressing and Feta by Sugar Salted
Why We Love It: The perfect protein-packed lunch, this salad has everything you could possibly want: greens with a crunch!
Hero Ingredient: Whole grain mustard dressing is the star of this salad. Tart, acidic, and just plain good, you’ll want this dressing gracing all of your salads.
Tomato, Feta and Honey Toasts from Love & Lemons
Why We Love It: It’s no secret that we love toast around here, and this one is no exception. The perfect appetizer, midday snack, or summertime staple, this tomato, feta, and honey toast deserves a spot in your recipe rotation.
Hero Ingredient: Good quality feta is the key to maximizing this recipe, so be sure to pick one that comes in the brine.
Honey Whipped Feta With Garlic Herb Roasted Olives from Half Baked Harvest
Why We Love It: This honey whipped feta from Half Baked Harvest tastes amazing and is the easiest appetizer that will impress any dinner guest. Or, if that’s not your speed, whip this up for a quick afternoon snack and enjoy your simple-but-elegant spread.
Hero Ingredient: Olives roasting together with garlic, shallots, lemon, thyme, oregano, and chili flakes? Then sitting on top of creamy whipped feta? I mean, wow.
Baked Feta With Olives, Sopressata and Thyme from The Defined Dish
Why We Love It: Creamy feta with salty olives and Sopressata is the perfect topping to crisp crostinis. Spread liberally.
Hero Ingredient: Orange zest livens up this otherwise indulgent spread for an unexpected-yet-appreciated zing. It’s the touch of freshness you’ll come to love.
Watermelon, Kale and Feta Salad from Whats Gaby Cooking
Why We Love It: Sweet, refreshing watermelon comes together with salty, rich feta to create a deliciously dynamic salad that’s perfect for lunch or dinner. This one checks all the boxes.
Hero Ingredient: Toasted sunflower seeds finish this salad with just the right amount of crunchy texture it needs to create the perfect bite every time!
Asparagus Frittata With Feta from A Couple Cooks
Why We Love It: Once again, frittata proves itself to be the best simple meal for any time of day. This recipe uses roasted tomatoes and asparagus to make the egg dish really shine.
Hero Ingredient: Roasted tomatoes bring the flavor to this frittata with their salty, herb-roasted taste that you’ll absolutely love… I know I do. Sprinkle lots of feta over the top and enjoy!
What is your favorite feta recipe? Share the link with us below.
This post was originally published on February 17, 2021, and has since been updated.
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