Oven-Baked Feta Cheese Dip

oven-baked feta cheese

Feta cheese – you either love it, or hate it. I had no choice but to love it. As a Macedonian you are almost expected to want to eat it night and day. It’s like an Italian and his mozzarella cheese; they go hand in hand.

I can eat feta with every meal, and with every course of that meal; I put it in my salads, I stuff it in my peppers, I flame it, I even bake it! Oooooh I love it when it’s baked!

feta cheese dip

Baked feta cheese dip can, and will, turn all feta-haters around. This appetizer is served at just about every restaurant in Macedonia (called сирење во фурнаsirenje vo furna) and one serving is never enough. It’s cheesy, it’s garlicky, a bit tart, and it’s warm and gooey. And, it will make you cry for more. Trust me.

To fully enjoy it all you will need is a side of flatbread, white wine, or beer, and a grilled steak to follow.

I think you just drooled – It’s okay – you can thank me later.  Winking smile

Recipe also featured on Foodbeast 

Oven-Baked Feta Cheese Dip
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Serves: Serves 4
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup of your favorite tomato sauce (I use my homemade sauce)
  • ½ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven at 400.
  2. In a small oven-safe baking dish, or a clay pot, layer the crumbled cheese, covering the entire bottom of the dish.
  3. Sprinkle the minced garlic on top of the feta cheese.
  4. Spoon the tomato sauce, covering the entire cheese and garlic mixture
  5. Mix together the mozzarella cheese and the cheddar cheese; layer on top of the tomato sauce.
  6. Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  7. Serve it warm with a side of flatbread or tortilla chips.






  1. Vannessa says

    Thank you for the recipe – it looks awesome! I have spent a lot of time in Macedonia, love the people and the culture but somehow missed this dish. Hvala! :)

  2. Precious says

    Thank you for this recipe! I had many cheese leftovers so I started by putting the feta, garlic and pizza sauce. Then I put cream cheese, boursin (soft creamy cheese) and topped it off with a blend of old dry cheddar and flaked parmesan. My 14 year old daughter said that it was the best thing she’s had in her life. I went to the dollar store and bought individual aluminum tins to prepare my recipe and it was amazing!!

  3. says

    I love feta and don’t eat it nearly enough. I never thought of adding it to a more melty cheese and baking it though. Love your little ceramic pot as well.

  4. marinous says

    Such a delicious recipe!!! I will certainly cook it… (just to mention that Feta is a Greek cheese)
    Your blog is super! :-)

    • says

      Hi! Glad you like my blog!! Thank you. :) Feta is a staple in every balkan country’s cuisine…we all make it, and where it came from, or who made it first only God knows. 😉

  5. Elena says

    Hey Katerina,this is my absolutely favorite food.I put some kulen in it,because I like it spicy.By the way you are gorgeous.
    Greetings from Macedonia.

  6. says

    OMGosh! Baked Feta? I’m with you about feta…LOVE IT. This has got to be incredible. Clicking over right now for the details. Thanks for sharing 😉

  7. says

    I admit, I am the only person I know who loves feta. I have never had it baked though – I have got to try this! I am used to ooey cheese dips – like you know…. caugh, velveeta. I’ve never heard of anything like this before.

  8. says

    what an amazing dip! I love feta but honestly never thought of baking it that way……thanks for giving me a delicious lesson, I can’t wait to try it!

  9. says

    Hahahhahah I love the opening of this post!!!We are exactly the same :) Feta is in everything!!! This dip looks yummy and I’ll have to make it!!!

  10. says

    I’ve never had baked feta before, either, but this looks like a wonderful appetizer. You can never have enough appetizer recipes. Yum!

  11. says

    I never made anything with feta cheese , and I think I had it once or twice in salad.. in some restaurant. I enjoy baked cheese all the time .. and this looks soo amazing. U made me crave for cheese .. me now going to make some cheesy pasta . 😛

  12. says

    We are a house of Feta lovers….oh boy were the boys excited…all I did was read the title of the post and they both got giddy…looks absolutley fabulous!!!! i am sure the Boy will put it in a sandwich!!

  13. says

    Kate, I LOVE Feta but ashamed to say hubby not keen. You are going to change things, though. The look of this baked feta yumminess is about to change his life….!

  14. says

    Mmmm, hello there feta ! Seriously is there anything tastier in the world? I make everyone who comes to visit me from Macedonia, bring me some… especially the mixed cow and sheep milk one…. heaven !!

  15. says

    I really didn’t intend for you to catch me drooling, darn it all! This looks and sounds like something I would eat until the last drop is gone.

  16. says

    Why are you not coming up in my google reader. It’s time to subscribe I guess…because I don’t want to miss another recipe. This looks good.

  17. says

    Yum, Kate! This looks right up my alley! However, I want to ask you–did you simply melt some feta in a dish? Or, are there other components inside the melted goodness? And what percentage do you use? Full-fat? Low-fat? I’d think that lower fat fetas are drier and crumblier?

  18. says

    I had some feta dip for the first time at a professional conference, and I’ve been looking for a recipe since. I love it! I will have to try this out!


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