Think feta is just for Greek salads? Think again. Greeks are the highest consumers of cheese, with feta making up over half of the cheese consumed. How do Greeks manage to eat over 25 pounds of feta a year? Easy! For Greeks, feta is like bread, it will be on every table regardless of what is being served. We eat it with everything! But first you want to make sure you get the good stuff, so check this post out on how to buy the best feta.
Traditionally it is coupled with lathera (vegetables cooked in olive oil and tomato sauce). The Greek Mediterranean diet has plenty of vegetables and bean dishes and they were consumed as a main course with feta being the protein source.
The simple combination of feta and bread can make a meal, there is even a word for it: psomo-tyri, which translates to bread-cheese. Add a few olives and some tomato and you have a complete meal.
Another common use of feta in the Greek diet is in savory pies. It is added to almost every single pie such as spanakopita (spinach pie), tyropita (cheese pie), hortopita (wild greens pie), and prassopita (leek pie).
But there are also plenty non-traditional ways to use feta, because it so versatile, but here are some traditional and non-traditional ideas:
1. On potatoes
Sprinkle feta on mashed potatoes or baked and scalloped potatoes.
2. On pizza
Sprinkle it on top of pizza. Tastes good with fresh tomato, olives and artichokes.
3. In a sandwich
Drizzle the inside of a baguette with olive oil and vinegar. Sprinkle some oregano and top with a slice of feta. Or in grilled cheese, use feta and olive oil instead of butter.
4. Use it as stuffing
Use it to make stuffed mushrooms , zucchini or stuffed peppers along with some olive oil, herbs, and breadcrumbs.
5. Use it with salads
Greek salad (tomato-cucumber-olives), lettuce salad along with spring onion or beet salad.
6. With fruit
Pair watermelon or cantaloupe or grapes with feta, a perfect combination especially in the summer.
7. Make phyllo turnovers
Fill with vegetables (spinach, greens, zucchini) and feta or make Greek savoury pies (pites).
8. With cooked vegetables
Combine with any type of vegetables cooked with olive oil and tomato (lathera).
Grill feta in the oven with a sprinkle of pepper flakes.
10. In dips
Use to make the spicy feta dip tirokafteri. Click here for recipe.
11. In nachos
Sprinkle on nacho chips along with some sliced black olives and heat until cheese softens. Or try these Greek style Nachos with spicy whipped feta.
12. With eggs
13. With pasta
Add to pasta, pairs well with sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and olives.
14. In beans
15. On meat
Top a greek style beef patty with a thin slice of feta, serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of oregano.
16. In muffins
Make savory muffins using various veggies and feta cheese.
17. In a quiche or tart
Works well with spinach or leek.
18. Wrap in phyllo
19. And my favorite way….as a table cheese
Just put on the table and eat it with whatever else you are serving.
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