Baked Feta Appetizer


While waitressing in New Orleans, I jotted down many a recipe from a kind chef or two. This one, called "Baked Feta" is an easy, tasty appetizer from Semolina's, a small pasta chain in the South. Chris and I love to have this as an appetizer with good Italian bread from our favorite local bakery, Iuliano's, or as an accompaniment to a side salad for lunch. It's the simplest thing ever, and it amazes me sometimes that I hadn't thought of it myself. You put some crumbled feta cheese in a small baking dish and top it with marinara sauce. Then you bake it (we put it under the salamander at the restaurant; a broiler would work as well) for about 15 minutes, until the cheese gets all melty and incorporated into the sauce. Top it off with some chiffonaded basil, for a fancier presentation and dip your bread into it. Please stay tuned, for I'll be catching up on our recent culinary adventures asap.