Friday, November 9, 2012

Greek Inspired Baked Cheese Appetizer

Appetizers, little bites, hors d'oeuvres, tapas, small plates, antipasto, canapes, whatever you might call the tasty morsels you eat before a meal, are my obsession lately.  I've been on a quest to find the five to ten appetizers that can be prepared in a flash, but pack that burst of flavor I look for in my before meal bites.

Greek Inspired Baked Cheese
One appetizer I have been making lately is a baked cheese appetizer inspired by the Greek bouyiourdi, a mixture of tomatoes and Feta cheese.  Served with crackers or a crusty bread, this is a perfect winter appetizer enjoyed in front of a fire with a glass of wine.

This recipe is not meant to replicate bouyiourdi.  You can do that by searching the internet starting with the link above.  It is meant to inspire you to think about combinations of cheese and aromatic vegetables that will excite your taste buds.  You can start here, but I hope you will experiment on your own trying different combinations of cheeses.

Greek Inspired Baked Cheese Appetizer
Serves 6 to 8

Greek Inspired Baked Cheese Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 ounces Feta cheese, chunked
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cubanelle pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix together the tomatoes, pepper, onion, oregano and garlic.
Mix the Vegetables Together

Place half of the mixture in a medium ceramic baking dish.  Top with half the Feta and half of the cheddar cheese.  Repeat the layers.

Ready for Oven

Cover the baking dish and bake the mixture until fragrant, hot and gooey.  Serve with crackers and crusty bread.

Time to Eat!

Want to try this?  You can get the printable Greek Inspired Baked Cheese recipe by clicking the link.



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