Baked Feta with Honey

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Baked feta with honey is a quick and easy appetizer you can bake in under 15 minutes. This unique dish is the perfect choice for cocktail hour or book club where your friends will nibble over a great conversation.

The white baking dish has a golden brown square of baked feta with a sprig of fresh basil on top.

I love to stockpile easy recipes for unique appetizers that I can whip out quickly for a last-minute party, holiday get together, or date night at home.

This easy baked feta with honey is my new favorite because who could resist warm, melted cheese? Especially when it is coated in my favorite hot honey!

Served with crispy crostini and fresh basil, this dish can go sweet or savory depending on your mood.

Why This is the Best Recipe

I love easy appetizers for sharing with friends but I think this is the best baked feta with honey recipe because:

  1. Easy Ingredients: Such a short list of items are needed so you can whip this together quickly.
  2. Impressive Flavor: If you've never tried a whole brick of feta before, you're going to love the flavor it gets once baked with honey.
  3. Gorgeous Color: Once you pull it out from the broiler, it has a stunning golden brown topping that your friends will be eager to dig into.

Ingredients

The feta, honey, olive oil, and black pepper are on the counter next to the baking dish.

This quick and easy appetizer takes just a few minutes to prep because the ingredient list is so short!

  • Feta Cheese: You need a solid slab of feta cheese, not the crumbled feta. You'll find it in the specialty cheese section of the deli department at major grocery stores or Trader Joe's.
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey: If you prefer a mild sweetness to your appetizer, use a regular honey. If you want a little kick, use a hot honey infused with chiles. You can see other examples of my favorite hot honey recipes here.
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • Toasted Crostini: You can make homemade crostini in just 10 minutes. Otherwise, you could buy pita breads or hearty crackers to serve with the dish.

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Pat the Feta Dry

First, it is important to dry the block of feta cheese or the excess moisture will steam the cheese and you won't get that gorgeous golden brown color.

Simply pat the cheese dry on paper towels.

The square of feta cheese is being dried on paper towels.

Baking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place the feta cheese in a small broiler-safe baking dish.

Drizzle the olive oil over the top.

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until the cheese has softened and springs back when you gently press the top.

The feta cheese is in the baking dish and has the olive oil drizzled over the top.

Turn the oven off and then start the broiler.

While the broiler heats up, drizzle the honey over the cheese.

The feta has been baked and is softened, it now has honey over the top and is about to go back in the oven.

Broil the feta for 2 - 3 minutes or until it begins to brown and bubble on top.

Season with pepper and chopped basil and serve immediately.

Variations

This is such a simple appetizer that opens itself up to delicious and easy variations:

Sweet Baked Feta: Use an orange blossom honey and fresh thyme instead of basil.

Extra Spicy Baked Feta: Use spicy hot honey and add crushed red pepper flakes to the olive oil.

Baked Feta With Tomatoes: Toss cherry tomatoes in olive oil and add them to the baking dish. They will roast along with the cheese.

Whipped Feta Dip: Want a creamier spread? Try this whipped feta dip with pita chips.

Serving Suggestions

The baked feta is on a cutting board next to crostini. Black pepper and a sprig of basil are on top.

Baked feta with honey is best served immediately with crispy crostini toasts.

If you want to expand on the snack board, you could also serve it alongside my fresh peach blueberry salsa or even my strawberry bruschetta.

For a more savory snack board, try roasting cherry tomatoes and keep extra fresh basil on hand for stacking on the crostini. You could even add a bowl of my Italian bruschetta al pomodoro topping.

📖 Recipe

The white baking dish has a golden brown square of baked feta with a sprig of fresh basil on top.

Baked Feta with Honey

5 from 2 votes
Creamy baked feta with honey is an easy appetizer to serve with crostini or crispy wedges of pita. Pair it with fresh sliced peaches, blackberries, or even cubes of watermelon for a fresh snack board your friends will love.
TOTAL TIME 14 minutes
PREP TIME 2 minutes
COOK TIME 12 minutes
YIELD 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (8 oz) slab Greek feta cheese patted dry
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey use Mike's Hot Honey for a spicy baked feta or an orange blossom honey for a sweet baked feta
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Toasted crostini or sliced baguette store bought or homemade

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Pat the feta cheese slab dry with paper towels before adding it to a small broiler-safe baking dish. Drizzle the olive oil over the cheese.
  • Bake the feta for 8 - 10 minutes or until it has softened and is slightly springy to the touch.
  • Place the baking dish with the feta on the stovetop. Preheat your broiler while you drizzle the reserved honey over the top. Broil the feta with honey for 2 - 3 minutes or until it begins to brown and bubble on the top.
  • Season the baked feta with a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper and sprinkle fresh basil leaves over the top. Serve immediately with the toasted crostini or sliced baguette.

Recipe Notes

Variations

This is such a simple appetizer that opens itself up to delicious and easy variations:
Sweet Baked Feta: Use an orange blossom honey and fresh thyme instead of basil.
Extra Spicy Baked Feta: Use spicy hot honey and add crushed red pepper flakes to the olive oil.
Baked Feta With Tomatoes: Toss cherry tomatoes in olive oil and add them to the baking dish. They will roast along with the cheese.
COURSEAppetizers
CUISINEGreek

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