Baked Feta with Tomatoes

This is one of the winning recipes from our recent Spice Challenge. Created by reader Elise Poeana, this dish features a smoky chili blend.

serves 4 as an appetizer

Recipe by Elise Poeana


1 block feta cheese
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pinch fresh chopped parsley
6 guindilla peppers
1 teaspoon smoked chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon wild oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme flowers
1/2 teaspoon smoked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon pimenton


Preheat oven to 425°F

Mix smoked chili flakes, wild oregano, thyme flowers, pimenton, and smoked pepper in a small bowl.

Chop parsley and guindilla peppers and set aside.

Arrange feta and tomatoes in cast iron skillet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Lightly salt tomatoes.

Sprinkle spice mixture over feta and tomatoes. Then, sprinkle the guindilla peppers and parsley pepper mixture over feta and tomatoes.

Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is starting to soften and melt.

Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Let cool slightly before serving warm at the table with bread or crackers.