Learn About Feta Cheese

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What is Feta?

Feta is a type of sheep’s milk cheese originating from Greece.  Feta may also be made out of a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk.  It is a crumbly white cheese with a moderately soft texture.  Feta is usually found in cubes or blocks and served in a brine liquid.  Feta does not completely melt, but it softens and turns gooey when heated.

What Does Feta Taste Like?

Feta has a distinct tangy flavor.  Feta tastes salty because of its brine. 

Learn About Feta
A block of feta crumbled on a wooden cutting board.

How Do You Eat Feta?

Feta is usually eaten uncooked, but may also be eaten cooked.  Common ways to enjoy uncooked feta include sprinkled over salads, mixed into dips, and even whipped and topped on sandwiches.  Spinach and feta are often paired together in casseroles, sandwiches, and wraps.  Feta-stuffed foods, like tomatoes or chicken, serve as flavorful additions to a meal.  Baking is a popular method of cooking feta, usually served topped with herbs, or with roasted tomatoes.  Feta cooks well with pasta and is served in heavy or lighter pasta sauces.

Where Can You Buy Feta?

Look for feta cheese in the refrigerated section with other cheeses in the grocery store.  Some stores place feta in a separate chilled area in the produce section or near the deli counter.  If you can’t find feta, look for alternatives, such as white cheese, in the produce section.

How Do You Store Feta?

Store fresh feta cheese in a sealed container, with its brine liquid, in the refrigerator.  Feta packaged without brine liquid should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Fun Fact About Feta

The process of making feta includes a pickling process.

Did You Know?

You can marinate feta cheese in oil, herbs, and spices to enhance its flavor.

Recipes Using Feta

Baked Feta

Try your feta baked in herbs. Place blocks of feta in a cast iron skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. Top feta with oregano, rosemary, pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Bake the feta and serve warm with pita chips.

Feta Dip

Create a creamy dip with feta cheese. Combine greek yogurt, feta, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper, garlic, and dill in a bowl until mostly smooth. Serve with pita chips, bread, or vegetables.

Tossed Salad with Feta

Add new flavor to a fresh salad with feta. Combine chopped tomatoes, onions, avocado, lettuce, feta, and a vinaigrette in a bowl.

Spinach Grilled Cheese

Who says grilled cheese can only be made one way? Pile mozzarella cheese, feta, and spinach between two pieces of buttered bread. Cook the bread on a preheated skillet over medium heat until the bread is golden-brown and the mozzarella melts.

Quinoa Salad

Prepare quinoa and cook until liquid evaporates. Stir in salt, pepper, paprika, and chopped garlic. Add diced avocado, cucumber, and tomatoes and incorporate. Crumble feta over the top and serve warm.


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