Marinated Feta Cheese with Orange, Green Olives, and Garlic
Why This Recipe Works
In Greece, marinated feta is often kept on hand to serve an unexpected guest. Marinating feta in an herb-infused oil is a great way to boost the briny cheese’s flavor, but store-bought marinated feta is often overpriced and the flavors can be dull. For our marinade we gently heated the garlic, oregano, orange zest, and red pepper flakes in olive oil, which created a nice, round, mellow garlic flavor that complemented the fragrant oregano, the citrusy bouquet of the fresh orange zest, and the spicy heat from the red pepper flakes. Off the heat, we stirred in the feta cheese and allowed the mixture to cool. The residual heat of the oil softened the cheese just enough without melting it, and the cheese soaked up all the flavors from the oil. While the infused oil was spiked with great flavor, we found that after gently cooking for almost 20 minutes, the oil lost a bit of its own character. We found the addition of fresh oil to be a welcome flavor boost, and it really brought the flavors of the marinade together.