Metro had a great promotion on their Feta Cheese. Buy one get one free. Well I can’t resist a good deal so I cleared out their entire shelf and came home with 10 packages of feta cheese. They’re marked down because they are set to expire soon. Since my family loves feta cheese I knew we could go through them before they turned bad. I also had my mind set on making marinated feta cheese for the last few weeks, but I wasn’t keen on spending $5 on the feta cheese. When they went on sale I knew this was my chance!
There are lots of recipes for marinating cheese, from feta to mozzarella to goat. But personally I love the tang of feta cheese and how beautifully it mixes with Lebanese spices. I used Dried Mint,
Sumac Seeds and Za’atar. These are all classic spices that you’ll see in most salads, sprinkled on meats and pretty much everything else. The mint you can purchase from any grocery store. The sumac seeds and za’atar on the other hand can be found in Middle Eastern Grocery Stores.
I wanted to garnish it with lots of fresh mint, but I didn’t have any. You know who has a big pot of bush in front of her house? Molly! So I ran over and snipped a handful of mint leaves and raced back home to finish the recipe. Check out that pot! It’s so full that I don’t even think she realised that I robbed her of a couple of precious leaves. In fact, I already called the mint when she leaves. Oh just thinking of all the things I’ll make with this mint makes her leaving just a smudge easier (not really. It sucks!).
After you snuggly stuff the ingredients in layers, top it with good quality olive oil and then just wait a couple of days to allow everything to marinate.
This recipe will fill a 1 Quart Jar! Feel free to switch out the sumac or za'atar for your favourite herbs
- 500g Feta Cheese
- 1/2 cup Olives
- 2-3 Red Chilis
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 1/2 tablespoon Za'atar
- 1/2 tablespoon Sumac Seeds (or 1 teaspoon ground Sumac)
- 1/2 tablespoon Dried Mint
- 3 sprigs fresh Mint
- Olive Oil to the top
- Layer all of the ingredients in a large jar, pushing down to pack everything in.
- Fill the jar with olive oil.
- Cover with a lid and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 days before opening.
The longer you refrigerate this the better it'll taste!