Baked Feta Appetizer

While waitressing in New Orleans, I jotted down many a recipe from a kind chef or two. This one, called "Baked Feta" is an easy, tasty appetizer from Semolina's, a small pasta chain in the South. Chris and I love to have this as an appetizer with good Italian bread from our favorite local bakery, Iuliano's, or as an accompaniment to a side salad for lunch. It's the simplest thing ever, and it amazes me sometimes that I hadn't thought of it myself. You put some crumbled feta cheese in a small baking dish and top it with marinara sauce. Then you bake it (we put it under the salamander at the restaurant; a broiler would work as well) for about 15 minutes, until the cheese gets all melty and incorporated into the sauce. Top it off with some chiffonaded basil, for a fancier presentation and dip your bread into it. Please stay tuned, for I'll be catching up on our recent culinary adventures asap.


The Duo Dishes said...

Great appetizer to keep in mind. All you need is lots of crusty bread.

Jennifer said...

This is my kind of appetizer, as I'm fond of dunking chunks of bread into homemade sauce topped with a thick layer of cheese. Melted feta---yum!

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