Every two or three weeks it’s the same ritual. I go to the market to buy some feta: arrive at the deli, take my number and wait.
Yes, right here!
How can I help you?
I would like some Bulgarian feta, please
Hmmm! One pound
No, that’s it. Thank you.
You’re welcome. Have a great day!
Thanks, you too
I then go back home and ask my self: “Why did I buy it again?”
I will probably start making some salad, usually a Greek salad with some feta on top or for a change I will use it with orzo pasta and shrimp or in a savory tart with some herbs and vegetables. But, as much as I love feta cheese and as much as my inspiration goes I just get bored sometimes with this same plain feta taste that I get again and again. Whether I use it to compliment a salad or a savory dish, it always leaves this same salty, goat cheese taste in my mouth.
By the time I finish my pound of feta, part of it would go bad spending most of its time lonely in the fridge.
A few weeks later, it’s back again.
Go back. Think. Salad? Quiche? Salad? Fridge? Bad!
Same old, same old.
Then one day it happened. The magic of the Internet and hours spent browsing other people food blogs have finally paid off.
I have found the solution. Or the solution has found me? Anyway, we have found each other at Haalo’s blog. If you don’t know Haalo yet, which I doubt, then you should take a glimpse at her original recipes and mouthwatering pictures. In her post she marinated the feta cheese with a variety of herbs and some “good olive oil” and then store it in the fridge for days to let the flavor develop.
I basically did the same except for the use of some herbs and some lemon zest in mine. I used Bulgarian feta cheese but you can use whatever feta cheese you like. If you like the taste of goat cheese then you won’t be disappointed with Bulgarian feta. My only advice, and it is my personal experience, is to avoid cow’s milk feta cheese because the best feta is the one made with sheep or goat milk. The recipe doesn’t have the exact amount of herbs because, again it is everyone taste whether you like to add some herbs more than others. Feel free to experiment with this versatile marinade and to use it in salads or just as a dip with a slice of your favorite bread. I know my next trip to the deli will be more exciting this time because I know exactly what I am going to do with my flavorful feta.
- 1 pound of Bulgarian feta
- Coriander seeds
- Fresh chili, finely diced
- 2 zest strips of a lemon
- Ground black pepper
- Good extra virgin olive oil
Pat the pound of feta dry on a paper towel. Carefully dice it in small cubes and place it in a bowl with the chili, the coriander seeds and the lemon zests. Chop the herbs and the garlic and add them to the bowl of feta. Toss gently with your fingers to avoid crumbling the cheese. Season with freshly ground pepper and toss again. Put it in a jar and add the olive oil until it all covers the feta. Seal and refrigerate. Prior to use it, put the jar of feta at room temperature until the olive oil is liquid again.
In francais please:
- 500g de feta bulgarienne
- Graines de coriandre
- Piment rouge, Cisele
- 2 zest d’un citron
- Poivre noir
- De l’huile d’olive de bonne qualite
Avant toute chose, Faites secher votre feta delicatement avec du papier et la couper en petits des. Mettre la feta dans un bol avec le piment rouge, les graines de coriander et le zest de citron. Hacher les herbes et l’ail finement et les ajouter au bol de feta. Melanger delicatement en utilisant vos doigts. Assaisoner avec le poivre et melanger encore. Mettre dans un bocale a fermeture hermetique et recouvrir completement d’huile d’olive. Mettre au frais pendant des jours avant de le consomer. Avant de le deguster, Sortir votre bocal de feta et laisser-le a temperature ambiante jusqu’a ce que l’huile d’olive redevienne liquide.