DSC03182 thumb Oven Baked Feta Cheese Dip

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!

DSC03187 thumb Oven 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.  wlEmoticon winkingsmile Oven Baked Feta Cheese Dip

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.





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  1. Vannessa June 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM - Reply

    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! :)

    • Katerina Petrovska June 20, 2014 at 8:50 AM - Reply

      Hi Vannessa!! Thanks so much for the kind words about my homeland! :) I hope you get to try this dish – it’s delicious!

  2. Precious April 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM - Reply

    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!!

    • Katerina Petrovska April 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM - Reply

      YAY!! So glad you loved it!! I am taking notes of your add-ins because that sounds even better!

  3. A_Boleyn January 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM - Reply

    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. Cheryl-Ann December 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM - Reply

    This may be an old post but my drool is new. Gonna bake some feta soon as this sounds delicious!

    • Katerina Petrovska December 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM - Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl-Ann!! This is one amazing appetizer… I have a hard time sharing it. ;-)

  5. marinous February 23, 2012 at 2:52 AM - Reply

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

    • Kate@Diethood February 23, 2012 at 7:35 AM - Reply

      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. ;)

  6. Kimby July 24, 2011 at 8:54 AM - Reply

    Hi! Just wandering over from the picnic at The Culinary Lens. I enjoyed your writing (yup. I drooled. :)) — great recipe!

  7. Mike@The Culinary Lens July 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    A very interesting way of creating a dip with feta. Thank you for sharing this at my virtual picnic.

  8. Elena June 15, 2011 at 8:50 PM - Reply

    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.

    • Kate@Diethood June 15, 2011 at 9:34 PM - Reply

      Pozdrav Elena!

      I’ll definitely try it with some kulen…thank you for the tip!

  9. Cristina June 4, 2011 at 11:58 AM - Reply

    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 ;)

  10. Kita May 16, 2011 at 5:15 PM - Reply

    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.

  11. Chef Dennis May 14, 2011 at 4:49 PM - Reply

    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!

  12. Magic of Spice May 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM - Reply

    I adore feta and this looks absolutely delightful!

  13. kimberlycun May 12, 2011 at 11:18 PM - Reply

    oh gawd this looks super delicious!

  14. kelly May 12, 2011 at 8:49 AM - Reply

    sounds delicious, I will have to try it one day!

  15. Firefly May 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM - Reply

    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!!!

  16. Charlie May 11, 2011 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    I am definitely a feta lover, and I am drooling seeing this dip :);

  17. 5 Star Foodie May 11, 2011 at 10:28 PM - Reply

    I love feta cheese, always have it on hand, and would love to make this delicious looking cheese dip!

  18. Parsley Sage May 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    Feta = happy tummy. So gooooood!

  19. Happy When Not Hungry May 11, 2011 at 8:28 PM - Reply

    I’ve had baked brie before, but never feta. Looks delicious!

  20. Becky May 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM - Reply

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

  21. It makes me cry to not have any here to eat right now. Love, love , lvoe feta, and like you there are few things I can imagine that aren;t better with feta. Can;t wait to try this one. Thanks, Kate!

  22. Mina @ Angelloves Cooking May 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM - Reply

    Mmmm – delicious!!! I’ve never tried it that way, but that will be amended really soon ;)

  23. Sandra's Easy Cooking May 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM - Reply

    Ah that feta:))) I love it too very much in anything..well we are almost from the same backgrounds so you know what I like:))
    Great photos Kate, and wonderful post!

  24. Jenny @ Savour the Senses May 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM - Reply

    Yummm. There are few things in this world better than cheese dip. Enough said.

  25. kitchenarian May 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM - Reply

    I love feta! It is one of my favorites, I am heading right over to Foodbeast for the recipe. Thanks!

  26. emily (a nutritionist eats) May 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM - Reply

    I have a ton of feta that I need to use up! This sounds amazing!

  27. Michelle May 11, 2011 at 7:38 AM - Reply

    I love feta but have never had a baked version. It looks DELICIOUS!

  28. the constant hunger May 11, 2011 at 5:53 AM - Reply

    I’ve never baked feta before but this looks delicious. This is the perfect thing to serve at a cocktail party. Some bread and fresh vegetables and you’re done!

  29. bojana May 11, 2011 at 1:19 AM - Reply

    mmmmm, kate…. sirenje vo furna is my favourite appetizer.

  30. Kristy May 10, 2011 at 11:40 PM - Reply

    I think I may have to pick Macedonia as our next country cooking destination soon! This looks soooooo good!

  31. Baking Serendipity May 10, 2011 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    I’m usually not one to go for feta, but I’ll admit this does look good!

  32. PolaM May 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM - Reply

    wow wow wow! I AM drooling!!!

  33. kankana May 10, 2011 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    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 . :P

  34. sarah May 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM - Reply

    I love love love feta and this just might push me over the edge…in a very good way. Can’t wait to try!!

  35. Roxana GreenGirl May 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM - Reply

    This is such a great dish. I made the baked cheese pot that you made for the Christmas menu. Now I have to try this one. Thanks Kate!

  36. briarrose May 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    Cheesy heaven. This looks like a wonderful dip.

  37. Lori May 10, 2011 at 9:08 PM - Reply

    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!!

  38. I hate to admit it, but I’m not a feta fan. You’re doing a great job of trying to turn me around though. This recipe looks amazing because your pictures are phenomenal. Great job.

  39. Lin Ann May 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM - Reply

    Oh my goodness! I stopped by Foodbeast and LOVE this recipe. We all love Feta and my daughter can’t enough. I AM drooling!

  40. Emily @ Life On Food May 10, 2011 at 7:42 PM - Reply

    See I am trying this thing called a diet, not a real strict one but at least no rich, sweet, decadent food. You are not helping. This looks delicious!

  41. I am actually drooling! It looks so good and after reading the recipe it sounds even better! I can’t wait to give this one a go!

  42. Nami @ Just One Cookbook May 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM - Reply

    Hi Kate! Hmmm! Melting feta cheese! The garlic and tomato flavors give nice flagrance and texture. How delicious!

  43. Sortachef May 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM - Reply

    Whoa, Kate. Too many great recipes like this and you’re gonna make me FAT. I love feta — especially when it’s baked!

  44. Lindsey@Lindselicious May 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM - Reply

    Kate my mouth literally just watered looking at that. I love feta cheese, especially when it’s melty and good. Heading over to the other site to get the recipe now! =)

  45. Marmande in the Kitchen May 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM - Reply

    I love learning about Macedonian food from your blog. This looks great – feta is so delicious, and even better baked!

  46. Carolyn May 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    Oh my husband would die for this. He is going to looooooovvvveee me!

  47. Jill Colonna May 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    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….!

  48. Maja May 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM - Reply

    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 !!

  49. Sandra May 10, 2011 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    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.

  50. Gwenevere May 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    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.

  51. Lauren May 10, 2011 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    Looks un-believeable.

  52. Celia May 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM - Reply

    Yum! Queso – Macedonian-style! I checked the recipe out – love that it’s spiced up with garlic and tomatoes!

  53. Hester aka The Chef Doc May 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM - Reply

    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?

    • Kate@Diethood May 10, 2011 at 1:51 PM - Reply

      Hi Hester!!

      No, I do not melt the feta beforehand, and the feta is full-fat! :)

  54. Tessa May 10, 2011 at 1:22 PM - Reply

    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!

  55. Tiffany May 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM - Reply

    I’m a feta LOVER! And this dip is just fantastic! And CONGRATS on your Top 9! Happy Tuesday!

  56. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons May 10, 2011 at 1:20 PM - Reply

    Sign me up! Feta is my favorite cheese to put on EVERYTHING! I had some on my quiche cups for breakfast today! =)

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