This has got to be one of my easiest recipes. Three basic ingredients: feta cheese, honey and fresh herbs.
The result is truly remarkable. It’s one of those ‘unknown’ chef secrets that make food ‘pop’ in your mouth. It’s food synergy at it’s basics. The flavors are extraordinary; they compliment, contrast, and produce an authentic Greek flavored experience. I love Greek food, and if you’re interesting in making it at home but don’t know where to start, this is a great and easy introduction.
Greek food is all over the place regarding to flavors, complexity, and technique. And for good reason. Sitting right in the middle of the south east Mediterranean sea, Greece is a mountainous landscape dominated by the sea. Greece also sits right in the middle of the ancient spice routes that carried all the wondrous ‘exotic’ spices from India and the orient to European markets. You find an array of flavors and ingredients, that have become unique to the region and synonymous with Greek culture and cuisine. Fresh Mediterranean fish, sun drenched grapes and olives, lamb, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pine nuts, wonderful Greek olive oils, honey, and great wines are just a few examples of the great ingredients you will find.
Traditionally, this style of dish is either prepared as a dessert, served with sesame seeds and sometimes almonds and baked phillo dough, or baked with fruit, like fresh figs, and topped with honey. All are delicious, but I like the pure flavors of the cheese, herbs and honey alone. Served with some of your favorite Greek sides and warm pita bread, I think you will agree, it’s incredible.
Greek Feta with honey and herbs
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 sides
1 block high quality Greek feta cheese
1 sprig fresh oregano, leaves only
1 sprig fresh mint, leaves only
small handful fresh parsley, leaves only
2 tbsp organic clover honey
Remove the feta from the brine and let drain on paper towel. Fine chops all the herbs together. Sprinkle the herbs over the feta to cover completely. Pour the honey over the top. Serve right away.