Well it’s Melbourne cup day here in Australia, which is the (horse) race that stops a nation. People don elaborate headgear and gather for parties and picnics. One of my favourite party nibbles is Luke Mangan’s Persian Fetta Tarts, but persian fetta is expensive. So before I share my version of Luke’s recipe in the coming days let me share with you how to make your own marinated fetta.
Creaminess to the 10th degree with flavours of juniper, bay, thyme and garlic, marinated fetta has a little bit of the Mediterranean in each mouthful.
Unfortunately in Australia it comes at a cost, between $6 and $12 for 150 -200grams! It doesn’t have to be this way! People of Australia you can make your own marinated fetta in minutes at a fraction of the cost!
What you’ll need;
150 – 200 grams of fetta (Smooth creamy styles work best – I’m partial to South Cape Tasmanian)
1 or 2 dried bay leaves
1 clove of garlic
4-6 sprigs of fresh thyme (I like to use a mix of normal thyme and lemon thyme)
6 black peppercons
Canola oil to cover (You can substitute another oil here just don’t use olive oil or anything else that solidifies in the fridge)
Airtight container big enough to hold everything
How to do it;
1. Wash & dry your container in hot water and detergent.
2. Cut the fetta into cubes no smaller than 2cm x 2cm x 2cm
3. Place the garlic in the bottom of your container then layer in the fetta, bay leaves, thyme, juniper berries & peppercorns.
4. Slowly fill container with oil until all fetta is under the level of the oil.
5. Refrigerate for at least 4 days before using.
Fetta will keep in the fridge in covered by oil for quite a long time, it never lasts in our house, but I take the “use by” date from the fetta as my guide. (just mark it on your container)
– Boccocini containers are often a good size for this project.
– Adjust the flavours to suit your tastes but be careful with the garlic, a little goes a LONG way!!
– Delicious served with a drizzle of rocket pesto on crostini
– Use left over oil to brush over vegetables or meat for chargilling.
– Why not find some pretty jars and give as a lovely homemade hostess gift?
I hope you enjoy my marinated fetta, let me know what your favourite uses for marinated fetta are!