Rosemary Marinated Feta Cheese Recipe - Appetizer Addiction (2024)

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Rosemary marinated feta cheese is the perfect make-ahead appetizer. Feta and olive oil are infused with rosemary, lemon peel and chili flakes. Enjoy with anything you like!

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What I love about rosemary marinated feta cheese

  1. Easy to prepare.
  2. Quick recipe – The prep is done in minutes!
  3. Make-ahead – make this easy appetizer ahead of time so that the rosemary, chili and lemon peel have time to infuse both the oil and cheese.
  4. Perfect appetizer for any occasion.
  5. Versatile use – crumble the marinated cheese over your favorite pasta or chicken dish, add to salads or serve on its own.

This appetizer can be also part of a cheese board. Just toast some slices of French baguette so your guests can smear this marinated goodness on the crunchy crostini toast.

If you like cheese appetizers then I have a few easy ideas for you here:

  • Honey Pistachio Goat Cheese Log
  • Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini
  • Roasted Garlic Jalapeno Dip
  • Baked Feta Bites
  • Whipped Feta Dip
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Tools and equipment

  • Glass jar with a lid (make sure the jar is large enough to hold the cheese and oil)
  • Chopping knife
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Chopping board
  • Zest peeler or fine grater
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How to make marinated feta cheese with rosemary

Cut the cheese into cubes. Transfer them into a jar and, add chili flakes, rosemary sprig, chopped rosemary leaves and zest from one lemon. Pour olive oil in.

You want to have the cheese submerged in oil so you might need slightly more or less than the amount stated in the recipe.

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Marinating can take somewhere from several hours up to several days. The longer you leave the cheese in, the stronger the rosemary flavor.

One of the great things about rosemary marinated feta cheese is the fact that you don’t have to consume it at once. Just take out as many pieces as you like and keep the rest in the fridge.

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How do you store it

Keep it in the fridge at all times. The oil preserves the cheese so as long as it is submerged in oil and the jar is sealed, marinated feta could last up to 2 weeks.

We usually consume it within a week though as I like to add it to various dishes. Also, make sure to use a clean jar and lid.

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Tips

  • I recommend storing this in the fridge. Note that the oil will harden slightly so you will need to bring it to room temperature before serving. The length of time may vary depending on how thick the oil is and how warm your room is.
  • Lemon peel can be substituted with orange peel. It’s better to buy organic oranges or lemons as they should not have any pesticide residue on their skin.
  • If you don’t feel like adding chili flakes to this rosemary marinated feta cheese, then omit them.
  • Don’t substitute olive oil for any other oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the best choice but if you don’t have it on hand, then use cooking olive oil.
  • I used fresh rosemary but you can use thyme instead.
  • After you have eaten all the cheese, save the oil for pasta, cooking or a cheese board. I love dipping slices of French baguette.
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Rosemary Marinated Feta Cheese

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Rosemary marinated feta cheese is the perfect make-ahead appetizer. Feta and olive oil are infused with rosemary, lemon peel and chili flakes. Enjoy with anything you like!

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces feta cheese (280 grams)
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 lemons, peel only
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the cheese into cubes and transfer them into a jar.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the fresh rosemary sprigs. Take one, remove the stem and finely chop the leaves.
  3. Throw the remaining full sprig into the jar altogether with the chopped leaves, chili flakes and zest from two lemons. Shake slightly so that the herbs are not stuck in one place.
  4. Pour over the olive oil. Make sure that the cheese is fully submerged. Close the jar and place it in the fridge. Let it marinate for at least 24 hours.

Notes

  1. The longer you marinate the cheese the more intense its flavor. Count with at least 24 hours.
  2. Store the cheese in the fridge. The oil will harden in the fridge so it’s best to take it out and leave on a kitchen counter until it liquefies again before serving.
  3. The rosemary flavored oil can be used in cooking or when making cheese board. A fresh slice of French baguette dipped in this oil tastes amazing.
  4. This recipe can be easily halved or doubled.
  5. For more tips and more detailed explanation, I recommend reading the full post.
  6. I used a 1 quart (32 ounces/1-liter) jar that was a little over half full.
  7. Instead of chopping the rosemary leaves you can also use pestle and mortar. That way the herb will release more flavor into the oil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 ounce

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 104Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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    • Julia

      Thank you, Kim!

      Reply

  1. Danielle Wolter

    I love this so much! I am in love with feta cheese, but never thought to marinate it like this. What an awesome idea. Def trying 🙂

    Reply

    • Julia

      That's great to hear!

      Reply

  2. Krista Price

    My mouth is watering. Goodness gracious, this looks incredible! I'm envisioning serving this piled high on a a meat and cheese board and REALLY impressing guests! Can't wait to try!

    Reply

    • Julia

      Let me know what you think, when you do!

      Reply

  3. Beth Neels

    This is such a great idea for an easy appetizer! Perfect for New Years Eve! I can't wait to try this!

    Reply

    • Julia

      Definitely! 🙂

      Reply

  4. Jere Cassidy

    I think I will have to make the cheese. I love feta and marinated with the herbs sounds so good.

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    • Julia

      Yay! 🙂

      Reply

  5. jennifer

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. It is super easy to make and the proportions dont have to be exact. I used an 8 oz pkg of feta and much less oil ( i didnt put it in the jar and just poured marinade over it until it was barely covered), plus I also liked adding lemon juice. Go with the herbs you like. Rosemary goes perfectly. Save the infused oil- it is delicious on bread, and veggies too. Jennifer MS, RDN

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    • Julia | Appetizer Addiction

      Thank you for your feedback, Jennifer!

      Reply

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