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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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