Feta is a genuine Greek product and it is believed to be one of the oldest cheese types in the world.
Made from sheep’s milk or a mixture of sheep and goat milk, has a unique distinctive salty bite, a fresh acidity of taste, and a rich aroma. Feta is semi-hard in texture, with some non-shaped holes in its body. It has a salty freshness and a tangy aftertaste, with mild to peppery notes.
If you haven’t tasted Feta yet, we propose that you do, because no matter how we describe it, the taste is a personal experience. It is the Queen of the Greek Salad (Horiatiki) as it beautifully complements the fresh crunchy vegetables included.
Moreover, feta loves the company of Greek olive oil, and the combination with dried herbs like thyme, oregano etc. The majority of taverns serve it with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of a dry herb, most likely oregano.
Feta can be enjoyed in every hour of the day. Despite its salty taste, it is considered a versatile ingredient, which can be combined with many dishes and ingredients.
It can be an ingredient of a breakfast sandwich, a lunch salad, a cheese platter, a pasta dish and many more. It pairs uniquely with fruits, as it forms a sweet and salty combination. In Greece many people eat feta along with watermelon. It may seem like an intellectual-gourmet combo, but the truth is people are enjoying it that way in Greece for a long time now. Not long ago, I came across this salad, which combines juicy watermelon with feta pieces and chopped mint leaves.
Another recipe for the bold ones is the feta cheesecake. It’s an alternative to the original recipe, and has some sweet saltiness in it.
Feta pairs uniquely with meat recipes as well as pasta recipes, as it doesn’t melt, and little white chunks of flavor remain intact. This recipe combines our beloved lasagna, with lamb and feta sprinkled on top.
Another sweet-savory recipe is this: Feta wrapped in fried phyllo (dough) with sesame and honey. The absolute balance between sweet and salty, keeps you astonished in every bite. You can find this dish in many Greek taverns nowadays, but is also a simple recipe to prepare on your own.
Feta snack options:
Sushi inspired feta-cucumber rolls, perfect for warm days of spring and summer, for every snack occasion and finger-food party!
These pancakes seem an interesting way to incorporate your feta cheese into a breakfast, a light lunch or a mid-day snack.
Feta is enjoyed in many ways, and there are tons of other ways that are waiting to be discovered. In Greece, Feta is our staple cheese. We even have some oily dishes, which can’t be eaten without the companion of feta cheese. It’s an authentic and integral part of our gastronomical heritage. We will continue to respect our tradition, to highly maintain its production process, and to promote it in order to highlight its nutritional characteristics and rich flavor.
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