Broiled Feta with Garlicky Tomatoes & Capers

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Broiled feta with burst cherry tomatoes and capers makes a surprisingly addictive and flavorful spread. Perfect for summer!

In this easy recipe, burst cherry tomatoes, garlic, capers, and a flash under the broiler transform an ordinary block of feta cheese into a creamy and flavorful spread. Pair the broiled feta with toasted pita bread or a crusty baguette and chilled white wine, and you’ve got a lovely warm weather appetizer or light supper for two.

What you’ll need to make Broiled Feta with Garlicky Tomatoes & Capers

broiled feta ingredients

Step-by-step instructions

Begin by sautéing the garlic in olive oil until softened.

sautéing the garlic

Add the tomatoes.

adding cherry tomatoes to the skillet

Cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to burst, and then add the capers.

burst cherry tomatoes and capers in skillet

Place the block of feta in a small baking dish and scatter the tomatoes around the cheese.

feta and tomato mixture in baking dish

Broil until the feta is softened and browned on top, about 4 minutes. 

broiled feta and tomatoes

Serve the broiled feta warm with bread. Enjoy!

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Broiled Feta with Garlicky Cherry Tomatoes & Capers

Broiled feta with burst cherry tomatoes and capers makes a surprisingly addictive and flavorful spread. Perfect for summer!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) block feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 10.5 ounces cherry tomatoes, preferably different colors, halved
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons capers, drained

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler and set the oven rack in the top position. Place the feta in a small (1-quart) baking dish and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and sugar; cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes are softened and starting to burst, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the capers.
  3. Scatter the tomatoes around the feta and broil until the feta is softened and browned on top, 3 to 4 minutes (but keep an eye on it as broilers vary greatly.) Serve warm with bread.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 226
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Sodium: 732mg
  • Cholesterol: 50mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Just made this for a quick, different lunch. Very tasty and super easy. As one who always fiddles with recipes to “improve” them, I don’t even have any suggestions. You can’t get a better review (from me) than that… 🙂 Thank you!

    • — Kevin on September 20, 2021
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  • As many others have already stated, this is super easy to make and super tasty! I am trying to avoid bread so as much as I would have enjoyed this with a baguette, I helped myself to a portion of feta and tomatoes on some arugula and it was pretty darn good as a simple salad.

    • — Christie on September 1, 2021
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  • Would goat cheese be too soft to use?

    • — Sophie on August 19, 2021
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    • Hi Sophie, I think it would work — just keep an eye on it while it’s in the oven. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on August 19, 2021
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      • Yes! it absolutely works with goat cheese. It’s divine! love, love, love. Thanks Jenn, once again!

        • — frenchiecookingmama on August 23, 2021
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        • So glad – thanks for reporting back!

          • — Jenn on August 24, 2021
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  • This is absolutely delicious and I use this appetizer all the time. I did make a change in how its cooked. I didn’t see any reason to dirty two pans so I roast the tomato mixture in a hot oven (400 although it can be anything from 350-425 just the time will change) till they are soft, then add the feta and broil. One pan, and the pan I serve it in. Will continue to make this over and over again.

    • — Ann Shoemaker on August 19, 2021
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  • I’ve made this recipe a couple of times. The first few times didn’t work because the cheese didn’t soften. But, I kept trying because I knew the recipe had potential. This time, I brought the cheese (Macedonia feta) to room temperature. I added the cooked garlic, tomatoes and caper mixture to the cheese and baked it for 15-20 min at a low temp (275F). Just prior to serving, I broiled the cheese for 2-3 minutes. I garnished the baked cheese with fresh basil and freshly ground pepper. It was delish! Definitely a keeper.

    • — Sue on July 16, 2021
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  • I made this as a brunch appetizer while my “brunch girls” enjoyed a nice glass of rose wine. It was so easy to prepare, needed few seasonal ingredients, and was absolutely delicious! The combination of sweet tomatoes and salty feta & capers was irresistible! Another great recipe, thank you Jenn!!

    • — c on July 16, 2021
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  • Thanks so much Jenn for another outstanding, yet so simple, recipe to add to my repertoire! I doubled the recipe, keeping the capers to 11/2 tablespoons and added some pitted, halved kalamata olives and finished with some chopped fresh oregano from my herb garden. Superb!

    • — Maureen on July 9, 2021
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  • Ever since I found your site I have cooked many of your recipes and they are always excellent.
    I have made this for my gourmet group and all 8 raved and wanted the recipe. I was almost embarassed it’s so easy and yet looks beautiful and enticing on the table.
    Thank you for your recipes. Tonight I will make for the third time your tiramisu, another great success.

    • — Monica Maynard on July 2, 2021
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  • Would naans dippers be good with this?

    • — Getmaine on June 19, 2021
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    • Sure!

      • — Jenn on June 21, 2021
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  • I loved the broiled feta, but my husband doesn’t like feta. Is there another cheese that I could use?

    • — Kris Rominger on June 15, 2021
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    • Hi Kris, I’m not certain how readily available haloumi is, but that would work nicely here. You could also try something like blue cheese or Brie, although I’ve never used them here. Just make sure to keep an eye on it while it’s in the oven!

      • — Jenn on June 16, 2021
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  • I read once that anything good with capers is better without them. I agree with that sentiment.

    Can also serve this with pasta mixed in. I love it with fresh baked rustic bread or pita. I lived in Israel for years and it’s reminiscent of the great food there.

    • — JLP on June 12, 2021
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  • I have made this recipe many times and brought it to parties… always a hit! I am not a fan of capers, so I do leave them out. Also, I often use crumbled feta (or I crumble the block) before broiling… it makes it easier to spread on crackers or bread.

    • — Beth on June 10, 2021
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  • I liked this dish i had it for dinner tonight however if I were to make it again I would probably quadruple the tomato/feta ratio 4:1. The feta is strong and the tomatoes really add sweetness and sauce to the dish. Thanks Jenn for your recipes!

    • — Sabrina amaral on May 26, 2021
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  • Huge winner at dinner last night! So simple and such a beautiful presentation after broiling. We needed a couple extra servings, so I doubled everything except the feta and used a medium baking dish just to make sure everything fit – came out perfect! Love how easy it was to throw everything together – will definitely be a go-to in the future.

    • — Ashley Falgout on May 23, 2021
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  • An absolute winner! A delicious recipe. Have made it several times and the entire family loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • — Renae on May 6, 2021
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  • This recipe was SO DELICIOUS that I suggested my favorite Mediterranean bistro add it to their menu as an appetizer. Because we love tomatoes, I doubled/tripled the amt of cherry tomatoes. This dish is best served straight out of the oven while the feta is a little gooey from the heat. This would be an exceptional appetizer if you were hosting friends or happy hour at your home.

    • — Jennifer Mapes on January 29, 2021
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  • This is my favorite appetizer to share with friends. I make the tomato sauce and then divide between four individual serving dishes. Then, every person has their own portion. I’ve never received more compliments! Delicious.

    • — Debbie on January 28, 2021
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  • This is my go to quick supper dish. After a busy day this is cooked in the time it takes to boil the pasta. It’s delicious and the capers take it to the next level. If you want to veganise it, just the sauce without the feta is amazing with a sprinkle of nut palm and I have used a plant based feta which also works well.

    • — Mandy on January 28, 2021
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  • This one is a winner for sure. Looks super fancy but is super simple to make…. a huge hit last summer so I decided to try it for my staff at Christmas and they all loved it too!

    • — alexandra bake on January 28, 2021
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  • Love, love, love this recipe. I followed it exactly and it’s perfect. A perfect light meal in the summer and a trusted addition to my appetizer standbys. Everyone loves this dish and now my family is asking specifically for it whenever we get together.

    • — Cheryl A on January 28, 2021
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  • This is another winner. I have a huge garden and I’m always looking for a new way to use my cherry tomatoes. I make this when ever we have friends/family over or when we are invited to a party.
    The only change I have made to the recipe is I makes cuts in to the block of feta so you have bite size pieces. ( But I don’t separate it I shape it back in to a block ). It separates a little when it cook its, but it makes it easier to eat. I serve it with tortilla chips. It is SOOOO Good !

    • — Lorie Kershaw on January 28, 2021
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  • I made this recipe twice
    And liked it better when I used a thinner block of feta. Cheese melted better. I cut the block of feta and save the rest for another dish!

    • — Holly Ritz on January 28, 2021
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  • Simple, easy, quick appetizer. Looks and tastes like I spend a lot of time on this but I don’t! Delicious.

    • — HB on January 28, 2021
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  • This was the 1st recipe that I tried from your blog. (I’ve since made many more… always with great results!). My daughter actually made it 1st for a family get together and I LOVED it. I have since made it MANY times. The only difference is I used a goat cheese log from Aldi. The cheese melts so nice and is a nice compliment to the fresh tomatoes! I did try making this with frozen cherry tomatoes (hoping I could extend the use of MY fresh tomatoes). It was good in a pinch, but prefer fresh tomatoes. Everyone who tries this LOVES it!

    • — Debbie S. on January 28, 2021
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  • ABSOLUTELY delicious!! One of my favorite appetizers to make.

    • — Vanessa M on January 28, 2021
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  • This is so delicious! One of my favorite appetizers to make and people always go crazy for it. I sometimes double the tomato mixture.

    • — Carla on January 28, 2021
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  • Not only was this recipe incredibly simple, but incredibly tasty! Goes to show, simple flavorful ingredients add up to fantastic tasting food. I used crumbled feta and basically ate it with a spoon! I always double this recipe so we have leftovers 😁

    • — Rose A on January 28, 2021
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  • Loved this the first time I made it. Cooking the tomatoes this way really brings out their flavor, especially with the olive oil they are cooked in. Great way to use up the abundance of late summer cherry tomatoes!

    • — Sarah on January 28, 2021
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  • I would rate this a 5/5. The ingredients just blend together so well. It is small but mighty in big, addictive flavors. Easy to prepare and always have the ingredients handy. A winner for any occasion!

    • — Judith Buber on January 28, 2021
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  • This is my all time favorite appetizer to serve to family and guests! It’s easy to make, presents beautifully and is absolutely delicious to the taste buds!!! The flavors blend perfectly! Thanks again Jenn!

    • — Andrea on January 28, 2021
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  • Love love love this recipe. Quick and easy and oh sooo yummy.
    I serve it on grilled baguqette.

    • — Cynthia MacPherson on January 28, 2021
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  • This appetizer not only tastes extra yummy but also looks great and is fun too eat. Very easy to make and my dear in laws loved it.

    • — Lynn Barrett on January 28, 2021
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  • Delicious! Thought I had capers and I didn’t! Ack! Substituted kalamata olives and it was great. Will pick up capers and make this again. I needed a new “go-to” app recipe and this will be it. I’ll toast up the rest of the baguette with olive oil and garlic and put it in the freezer for next time.

    • — Susan S. on January 15, 2021
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  • I made this tonight and it was excellent! I added a a couple of shallots and olives to the tomatoes and garlic, which suited our taste. But it’s so quick and amazing!

    • — Sasank on December 13, 2020
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  • Delicious
    My plan was to make caprice salad for an appetizer for our guests, I came across this recipe and changed my mind about the salad and decided to go with it, it looked different and I love sautéed tomatoes ( actually, I am Palestinian and sautéed tomato with onion is a very popular dish in Palestine) so, I used regular tomatoes that I cut to quarters, used mozzarella cheese instead and this dish was a hit, tasty, different, easy to make. Thank you

    • — Khaula on November 8, 2020
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  • This is a hit! Great way to use up abundant cherry tomatoes, even the ones that are starting to get a bit soft and wrinkly. I would add more tomatoes next time. Great served with toasted garlic naan bread cut in triangles or a baguette sliced thin.

    • — Michelle on November 8, 2020
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  • Amazingly easy and delicious! Served with sourdough bread and it was a real hit! I doubled the tomatoes and split the feta in half and made two, separate casserole dishes.

    • — Rachel H on October 18, 2020
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  • I had leftover crumbled feta cheese and capers from another recipe and so I found this recipe when I Googled those two ingredients. I only had a Roma tomato but no cherry tomatoes. I decided to go ahead and try it because I actually preferred the idea of using crumbled instead of block feta. OMG! I just did a small sample to test it out and it was so scrumptious that I made a second one to finish off my tomato. Because I’m single, I do most of my baking in the toaster oven. It works better in my opinion because I can use the “toast” function to roast my veggies which really speeds up the cooking process. I used it on this to ensure feta cooked on the bottom. I’m definitely adding cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese to next week’s grocery list!! I took a picture and would love to share it with you because it looks so delicious even without cherry tomatoes!!!

    • — Debbie Loftin on October 17, 2020
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    • So glad you found this and enjoyed it so much! Unfortunately, the blog isn’t set up to receive pictures but if you’re on Instagram, you can share it there; be sure to tag me @onceuponachef! 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 18, 2020
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  • This is delicious! I have several “foodie” friends who ask for this when they come over. The feta melts beautifully and almost passes for mozzarella in the dish. I have people in my life who dislike feta (strongly) and love this dish. Great with summer ripened tomatoes!!

    • — Denise on September 22, 2020
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  • Super good! I picked my garden golden and sweet 100 tomatoes, and had some feta cheese and capers in the refrigerator. Simple, but delicious recipe! I will definitely make it again and again! Thanks so much!

    • — Ruth on September 15, 2020
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