Fabulous Ways to Use Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is made out of sheep's milk, occasionally with added goat's milk, and has tangy, creamy, and salty characteristics that make it a favorite inside and outside of Greece, where the most famous type of feta comes from. Although many other countries produce their own similar types of this cheese, the name feta can only be used on the labels of Greek cheeses because they're the only ones to have the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) given by the EU.

Feta is great in appetizers, side dishes, and as an ingredient in salads, filled pies, and pastries. Its use in preparing and serving Greek food is almost as imperative as the use of olive oil. Use it in vegetable and fruit salads, pasta, rice, omelets, and sandwiches. Our collection of feta recipes brings you different options to experiment with it, from baked eggplant to stuffed peppers to salads.

  • 01 of 10

    Melitzanes me Feta (Baked Eggplants with Feta)

    Stuffed Baby Eggplants
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    This fabulous meatless dish is a great appetizer with a side of bread, or a filling main when served with a simple pasta dish and a fresh salad. The eggplants in our recipe don't need to be "bled" out with salt, making this recipe an easy and convenient meal for a busy weeknight.

    Simply wash the vegetable, cut it and pan-fry it in olive oil. Pour a mixture of tomatoes, herbs, and feta on top and bake for 45 minutes. Replace the eggplants with pan-fried zucchini for a variation on this tasty vegetarian preparation. Ready in 1 hour and 5 minutes.

  • 02 of 10

    Feta Cheese Pie

    Cheese pie
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    Different than the more well-known cheese pies made with phyllo dough, our pie is similar to a quiche, made with feta cheese, eggs, and milk. It uses sfoliata, a kind of puff pastry that's not as fluffy as phyllo, but equally delicious. Make a filling with cheese, eggs, milk, and spices and place it between two layers of buttered dough sheets. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

    Delicious served as a snack, the pie can be a great breakfast, or light lunch or dinner when served with a salad. Ready in 45 minutes.

  • 03 of 10

    Spring Peas with Feta

    Spring Peas with Sumac and Feta
    Anita Schecter

    Sweet fresh summer peas, olive oil, sumac, and feta make a wonderful side dish. Although it can be made with frozen peas, use fresh if you can to enjoy the full flavor of these legumes. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice that is usually found in za'atar, a mixture of herbs and spices used to season meats, bread, and veggies. Sumac by itself is tangy and adds a lot of character. In this recipe, it blends beautifully with the creamy, salty feta.

    Cook the peas in boiling water for 5 minutes. Soften garlic in a pan and add the cooked peas, and seasonings. Crumble the feta and serve. Ready in 20 minutes.

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    Feta Skharas (Grilled Feta)

    Feta cheese and tomatoes
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    Grilled feta is a versatile dish that can complement any meal you're serving. It's great with crusty bread for breakfast and can be part of sandwiches along with ham and figs or placed on a baguette slice and served with soup for a light dinner.

    Simply slice your cheese and put it on a tinfoil sheet with tomatoes, olive oil, and Greek oregano. Wrap securely and place the tinfoil packet on the grill for 15 minutes. Ready in 30 minutes.

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  • 05 of 10

    Quinoa and Roasted Feta

    Baked Feta Cheese and Quinoa Salad
    Baked Feta Cheese and Quinoa Salad. Photo by Jennifer Meier

    Cooking for vegetarian guests when you're not one can be difficult sometimes. Beyond a good salad or pasta dish, it's hard to come up with something different that looks as good as the meat dishes you've prepared for the rest of the party. But making a good quinoa or grain salad and adding to it a generous amount of feta can make a simple-looking bowl of veggies into something extraordinary.

    Cook quinoa, fluff it and add the citrus dressing. Roast some feta cheese with olive oil for 25 minutes, and sautee veggies to put on top. Serve the quinoa, place cheese on top and decorate with veggies. Ready in 45 minutes.

  • 06 of 10

    Spanakopita (Spinach Pie with Feta)

    Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)

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    Although often called spanakopita because the real name is longer and hard to pronounce, this dish is actually called spanakotyropita. It has cheese, whereas spanakopita, in origin, does not. Famous, regardless of its name, our recipe makes a wonderful meal that suits a brunch, party, or light lunch or dinner.

    Use phyllo dough, nicely buttered, and fill it with a mixture of onions, spinach, feta, ricotta cheese, spices, herbs, and seasonings. Bake for 25 minutes. Ready in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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    Tabbouleh with Feta

    Tabbouleh with Feta

    Make a filling and nutritious salad using store-bought pesto, bulgur wheat, and feta cheese. Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern dish that is bulgur-based, filled with vitamins and fiber, and has taken on many variations. Adding feta and edamame amps up the protein content and makes it a dish filled with crunchy and creamy textures.

    Easy to transport, use it as a weekday lunch in the office or school by simply packing the pesto on the side to avoid it softening too much before lunchtime. Make your bulgur in 30 minutes and when ready, mix with pesto, lemon juice, tomatoes, cheese, edamame, chickpeas, and herbs. Ready in 35 minutes.

  • 08 of 10

    Spinach and Feta Chicken Thighs

    Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

    Rachel Ray

    Make a simple tray of chicken thighs into something wonderful. Our convenient recipe uses frozen spinach, but you could use fresh if that's what you have at hand. Cook the greens with seasonings and olive oil, add cream and feta and make a thick mixture. Separate the skin from the meat of 8 chicken thighs and stuff with the spinach mixture. Bake for 45 minutes.

    While you're cooking your chicken, make a quick capellini pomodoro, or steam white rice and toss a salad to have dinner served in 1 hour.

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  • 09 of 10

    Piperies me Tyri (Stuffed Peppers with Feta)

    Stuffed Anaheim Chili Peppers
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    Stuff bull's horn, Cubanelle, or Anaheim peppers (long, light green, and mild) with a mixture of feta cheese and finely chopped hot peppers. Roasted or grilled, these peppers make a quick and delicious appetizer, meze, or side dish.

    Serve them with warm bread, as a side to pork or chicken, or as part of an arugula salad with olive oil and lemon juice. Ready in 30 minutes.

  • 10 of 10

    Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad

    Watermelon and Feta Salad
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    The combination of watermelon and feta cheese is a Greek favorite in summer. Eaten as a snack or a light meal, this salad can accompany heavier dishes like grilled meats. We use paper-thin slices of red onion and a touch of balsamic vinegar to turn this fabulous taste combination into a fantastic summer salad.

    Find a sweet and firm melon and seed it if necessary, cutting it into cubes. Add feta, onions and balsamic, and you'll have a salad in less than 10 minutes. Add arugula to incorporate a peppery finish to your mixture, or baby spinach to add volume and make it more of a main dish.