Looking for an effortless appetizer that promises to steal the spotlight at any gathering? Discover the ease of our baked feta recipe with honey and figs – a go-to solution for an uncomplicated yet impressive appetizer that is sure to become a highly requested one at your next gathering.
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This feta appetizer is our rendition of the viral recipe from TikTok a few years ago. The content creator is seen baking a block of feta cheese with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, a bunch of olive oil, and seasonings like red pepper flakes and black pepper. We'll show you how to create our sweet and savory version into a delicious creamy spread!
Why You'll Love this Baked Feta Recipe
Baked feta with honey, figs and fresh herbs like thyme is one way to win over even the most picky eater! The sweet drizzle of honey complements the savory richness of feta, creating a combination that's hard to resist. Fresh thyme adds a burst of aromatic freshness, transforming this simple appetizer into a sophisticated one. This recipe can also be served as a side dish to your main course.
If you love figs like we do, you'll also love our delicious and moist fig cake recipe. It's a fig favorite!
You only need a handful of ingredients to recreate this easy appetizer:
- Greek feta
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh thyme sprigs
See recipe card for quantities. For best results, we recommend using good quality feta.
How to Make this Baked Feta Recipe
1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Pat dry feta with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Place whole block of feta into your baking dish. Pour drizzle of olive oil over the feta and brush with a pastry brush so that it's evenly coated.
2. Add in a few sprigs of thyme. Place baking dish on the bottom rack and bake at 400 degrees f for 9 minutes. Once removed from the oven, feta should feel soft to the touch.
3. Next, you'll want to drizzle honey over the entire block of feta. There's no measurement for this. Measure with your heart!
4. Wash your figs, then cut them in half. Proceed to cut each half into thirds for a total of 6 slices per fig. Layer figs over the honey and feta. Arrange a few slices in the baking dish like the image shown above.
5. Broil on high heat until the top starts to turn golden brown. This will take about 5 minutes. Your baked feta should look similar to this.
Your feta has now transformed into sweet and savory, spreadable feta. Toast a few slices of your favorite crusty bread. Using a cheese spreader, spread a bit of the cheese and fig mixture over your bread, drizzle with a little more honey and enjoy! This is bound to become your new favorite way to enjoy the best feta recipe!
Hint: if your baking dish is very shallow, consider placing a sheet pan underneath it while baking. This will catch any spillover.
Below are a few substitution ideas you may consider when making this recipe:
- Goat Cheese - goat cheese would make a great substitution for feta.
- Vegan Feta - if you'd like to keep things dairy-free, you can definitely substitute for vegan feta. Keep in mind that the texture may be different than feta made sheep's milk.
- Figs - instead of figs, you can use other fruits like, peaches, plums and apricots.
- Honey - instead of honey, you can use maple syrup or our fig syrup recipe that has a touch of vanilla!
There are many different ways to enjoy this baked feta appetizer. Below, are a few ideas to inspire you:
- Baked Feta Pasta (Viral TikTok Recipe) - you can easily use the base of this recipe to recreate the viral baked feta pasta. Gather these ingredients for best flavor: grape tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh oregano for a bolder flavor, desired amount of oil, and fresh spinach or basil. Place all of them in a large baking dish and bake at 400°F until feta is soft and tomatoes have blistered. Check after about 12 minutes. Boil your favorite pasta while feta is baking. After baking those ingredients with the block of feta and removing from the oven, add in ½ cup-1 cup of pasta water. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix and break up the crumbled feta and tomato mixture. Throw in your cooked pasta and combine well.
- Feta Dip - to create more of a feta-like dip, break up the large chunks of baked feta cheese with a fork or small spatula. Transfer dip to a small bowl and enjoy dipping with your favorite pita chips, crackers or crostinis!
- Lemon Zest - to add burst of citrus flavor, zest a bit of lemon over the baked feta.
- Pistachios - sprinkle a bit of crushed pistachios over your dish once removed from the oven. This will give it a fun, crunchy texture!
You can craft so many different recipes with the base of this one. The variation possibilities are endless! We hope to have inspired you to put your own unique twist on this delightful appetizer.
If you don't have any foods in your refrigerator with strong odors, you can cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and store it in there. If that isn't the case, transfer the contents of your baking dish to an airtight container. This appetizer is best when consumed within 2-3 days of baking for optimal taste and texture.
Keep in mind that fresh figs are only available during certain times of the year. During the months between May through November is when you'll see them stocked at the grocery stores and farmers markets.
While feta is the star of this baked feta recipe, you can experiment with other cheeses for variations in flavor and texture. However, keep in mind that the unique texture and saltiness of feta contribute to the overall outcome of this dish. Adjustments may be needed based on the cheese you decide to use.
Yes! This recipe is very adaptable. Feel free to use other, seasonal fruits.
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Baked Feta with Figs and HoneyAuthor:
- 8 oz block of feta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- few sprigs of fresh thyme
- drizzle of honey
- 5 figs
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Pat dry feta with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Place whole block of feta into your baking dish. Pour drizzle of olive oil over the feta and brush with a pastry brush so that it's evenly coated.
- Add in a few sprigs of thyme. Place baking dish on the bottom rack and bake at 400°F for 9 minutes. Once removed from the oven, feta should feel soft to the touch.
- Next, you'll want to drizzle honey over the entire block of feta. There's no measurement for this. Measure with your heart!
- Wash your figs, then cut them in half. Proceed to cut each half into thirds for a total of 6 slices per fig. Layer figs over the honey and feta. Arrange a few slices around the block of feta as well.
- Broil on high heat until the top starts to turn golden brown. This will take about 5 minutes. Toast a few slices of your favorite crusty bread. Using a cheese spreader, spread a bit of the cheese and fig mixture over your bread, drizzle with a little more honey and enjoy!