It will come as no surprise that I’m quite the cheese fan. I was recently trying to think of which cheese features most heavily on this blog and I actually think it’s probably feta. It’s interesting because I’m not sure that I’d put feta as my favourite cheese – probably more like a crumbly Stilton, an aged Comté or something stinky with a washed rind – but feta probably wins on versatility.
These dukkah-coated feta bites couldn’t be easier to make and are super versatile as well. To make feta bites you just have to get the cheese to a consistency where you can shape it and then roll the balls in whatever takes your fancy. I love to use dukkah for its nutty spiced flavour, but you could use some chopped fresh herbs, za’atar, sumac, chopped olives, black pepper or even chilli! They make a yummy aperitif accompaniment served simply in a bowl with cocktail sticks alongside some crusty bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They’re also great for canapés or a party buffet/nibbles. I might try using them to stuff dates as I think that would be delicious!
I also love to throw a few feta bites into a leafy salad with some spinach, fresh tomatoes, olives and a drizzle of a balsamic or pomegranate molasses dressing. I reckon they’d be pretty nice tossed with some roasted veggies too. There’s so much you could do with a batch of these!
- 200g Feta cheese
- 2 tbsp dukkah (from this post or available ready-made in some supermarkets)
- In a bowl, work the feta with a fork until it becomes smooth. It will crumble first, but eventually it comes together. If it doesn’t then add a few drops of olive oil to help it along.
- Pour the dukkah into a small bowl or ramekin. Take teaspoon amounts of the smooth feta and roll into balls before rolling in the dukkah until covered.
- Serve with cocktail sticks or in a salad with spinach, fresh tomatoes, olives and dried fruits.