Many people have never purchased an entire piece of feta. So my mission is to show you how easy it is to use up a whole lotta feta when it is LEFeTa over. Here are three quick easy recipes with ingredients you can find at pretty much every supermarket.
Feta Stuffed Dates
I am a date freak. This one time in Palm Desert, California, we stopped at the Shields Date Store. It was out of control and so was I. They had every single kind of date you could possibly imagine, a plethora of nuts, a wild assortment of dried fruits, and that doesn’t even begin to touch upon the wide selection of honey! Then I stumbled upon the date cookies. Oh goodness this was the best “date experience” ever. I had been converted and suddenly had a mad love for dates. Owning a date palm at some point is on my bucket list because I know it will bring me so much pleasure. Well, that and dates last FOREVER in the freezer and actually taste good frozen.While perusing the vast date selection at Shields, and enjoying the samples, I discovered the Royal Medjool. Any date will do for this recipe, but if you have a date choice this is the one I recommend.
The Royal Medjool is called royal for a reason. It is the largest of the dates. The sweetness is undeniable and compared to the others it has more of a fruit-like texture which makes it easier to stuff. The others are more sugary.When it comes to stuffing, take the date, cut it carefully lengthwise until you have sliced the date all the way along one side. This will allow you to remove the pit and spread the date, but do not cut it completely through. Then take a little piece of the feta and stuff it right into the center of the date. Then press the date together. Sometimes I like to give the plate some variation by adding a mint leaf on the date or stuffing it with a nut. I like walnuts.
Feta Watermelon Salad
This watermelon salad is so easy. Literally, you cut up watermelon, add some feta, and then sprinkle some mint leaves on top and there you go. The salad is done. If you want to get fancy you can add fresh squeezed juice from one lime and 1/2 tbsp of chopped red onion and give it a toss.
Feta With Hummus
Hummus from scratch is a lesson for another day. I know how to make it at home, but here’s a confession. I cheat. Yes, I buy ready-made Sabra hummus from Costco by the boatload since it lasts so long in the fridge. A great and easy way to add variety is to take some store bought hummus and mix in thinly sliced feta. I like to sprinkle some on top too. This one doesn’t come with measurements, just eye ball it.