Herb-Marinated Feta Cheese

Feta cheese marinated in a spicy combination of crushed pepper, rosemary, and lemon rind. The key to this recipe is using the best quality extra virgin olive oil you can find. It’s so wonderful served atop toast or crusty bread.

Food+Styling by Tara Ballantyne | Photography by Sturla Bakken

Makes 2 cups

You will need:
1 cup feta cheese
1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil (or more if dividing into more than one jar for gifts)
fresh thyme and rosemary (or any other fresh herb that you like!)
1⁄2 teaspoon crushed dried chili pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of freshly sliced lemon rind
fresh-ground pepper

  1. Add layers of feta cheese and herbs into a clean jar.
  2. Pour olive oil over the top and add chili flakes, lemon rind, and ground pepper.
  3. Seal jar tightly and gently turn over once or twice to combine ingredients.
  4. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Use within two weeks.


This makes a GREAT food-gift for hosts/hostesses, or for your favorite foodie!