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Oven-Baked Feta Cheese Dip

Feta Cheese Dip: Baked Feta Cheese Dip with tomato sauce and garlic.

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 

Feta Cheese Dip

Oven-Baked Feta Cheese Dip

Katerina | Diethood
This Baked Feta Cheese Dip is the perfect appetizer for any party!
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 4 Servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite tomato sauce (I use my homemade sauce)
  • 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese , shredded


  • Preheat oven at 400.
  • In a small oven-safe baking dish, or a clay pot, layer the crumbled cheese, covering the entire bottom of the dish.
  • Sprinkle the minced garlic on top of the feta cheese.
  • Spoon the tomato sauce, covering the entire cheese and garlic mixture
  • Mix together the mozzarella cheese and the cheddar cheese; layer on top of the tomato sauce.
  • Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve it warm with a side of flatbread or tortilla chips.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 8


Calories: 198 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Protein: 12 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Cholesterol: 57 mg | Sodium: 673 mg | Potassium: 108 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 435 IU | Vitamin C: 1.7 mg | Calcium: 400 mg | Iron: 0.5 mg | Net Carbs: 3 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: feta cheese dip, feta dip, tirokafteri
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67 comments on “Oven-Baked Feta Cheese Dip”

  1. This recipe may work, but feta cheese, if used alone, will not melt. period. Possibly the two other cheeses will take up the feta when heated, but baking feta alone actually makes it harder and turns it brown. Try it. And if you read another recipe that depends on melting feta cheese by itself, forget it. It will not work.

  2. I made this tonight and it was delicious! Hands down best dip I’ve ever had. Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Hayley! Yes, I don’t see why not. I would just set it on low for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

  3. 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! 🙂

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

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

  4. 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!!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

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

  5. 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.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

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

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

    1. Katerina - Diethood

      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. 😉

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

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    Mike@The Culinary Lens

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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 😉

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!!

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    5 Star Foodie

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

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

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    Cheryl and Adam @

    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!

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    Mina @ Angelloves Cooking

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

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking

    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!

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

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    the constant hunger

    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!

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

  22. 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 . 😛

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

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    Roxana GreenGirl

    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!

  25. 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!!

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    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    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.

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

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    Emily @ Life On Food

    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!

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    Lyndsey @ Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops

    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!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook

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

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

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    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! =)

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    Marmande in the Kitchen

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

  34. 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….!

  35. 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 !!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc

    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?

  40. 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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    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    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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