Crazy Feta

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One of our favorite restaurant chains in DC and Arlington, VA is Cava.  They have the best grilled cheese, souvlaki, meatballs and crazy feta, an appetizer served with warm pita bread that inspired my recipe today.  It’s super simple and so delicious you’ll make it again and again.  If you’re short on time you can skip the roasting steps for the pepper and garlic and puree them raw.  Roasting will give the garlic and peppers a sweeter flavor so you may want to only use one raw jalapeño if you’re electing not to roast it.

What to buy:

  • 16 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 jalapeño peppers
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • juice from one lemon
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

  • preheat oven to 400 and cut off the top of garlic bulb, drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil and wrap in foil
  • place peppers on a foil lined baking sheet and brush with olive oil
  • add peppers and garlic to oven and roast for 15-20 minutes until softened
  • remove peppers from oven, allow to cool, remove skins, discard seeds, and dice into small pieces
  •  add crumbled feta to jalapeños, lemon juice, olive oil
  • squeeze roasted garlic out of bulb and stir to combine
  • season to taste with salt and pepper
  • serve at room temperature with warm pita bread, pita chips, crudités or baguette slices

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