When entertaining during the holidays — or really anytime of year — easy apps are always a great option so you can focus on your guests and cooking the rest of your meal. So this Baked Feta with Olives, Soppressata and Thyme is a great, flavorful option.
Once baked, the feta is perfectly creamy and perfect to spread over the crunchy crostinis. Top each with the olive + soppressata mixture — which is seasoned with garlic, thyme and orange zest to brighten it all up — and your guests will be wowed with every bite of these Baked Feta with Olives, Soppressata and Thyme.
Baked Feta with Olives, Soppressata and Thyme
For the Baked Feta:
- 1 [7-ounce] block of feta
- ¾ cup diced hard soppressata or salami about ½ of a 6-ounce log
- 1 cup roughly chopped pitted mixed green olives
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- Fresh cracked pepper
For the Crostini:
- 1 loaf French baguette
- olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the block of feta in the center of a medium-sized oven-safe baking dish.
- In a small bowl, combine the soppressata, olives, garlic, orange zest, thyme, olive oil and honey. Toss until just combined. Pour around and slightly over the block of feta. Top with a few cracks of black pepper.
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice the French bread and place on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Transfer to the oven (on a different rack from the feta) and continue to bake until golden brown and crisp, about 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Remove the crostini from the oven and turn the oven on ‘broil’. Broil, watching carefully, until the feta forms a golden crust around the edges, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Using a spoon, carefully toss the olives on the side and sprinkle with some fresh thyme leaves.
- Serve with the crostini and spoon/spread the feta onto each crostini, then top with some of the olive/sopressata mixture. Enjoy!