Broiled Feta with Garlicky Cherry Tomatoes & Capers

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

broiled feta

Burst cherry tomatoes, capers, and a flash under the broiler transform an ordinary block of feta into a surprisingly addictive and flavorful spread. It’s meant to serve four as a starter, but with a crusty baguette and a bottle of chilled rosé, I think it’s the perfect summer supper for two.

What you’ll need to make Broiled Feta


How to make Broiled Feta

Begin by sautéing the garlic in olive oil until golden.


Add the tomatoes and cook until they start to burst.


Stir in the capers.


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


Broil until the feta is softened and browned on top, about 4 minutes. Serve with a crusty baguette or pita bread and 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


  • 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 tablespoons capers, drained


  1. Preheat the broiler and set the oven rack in the top position. Place the feta in a small (1.5-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, about 4 minutes (but keep an eye on it as broilers vary greatly.)

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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

  • 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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  • My daughter first made this and we LOVED it. I have since made this MANY times. Instead of feta cheese (which I had a problem with it not melting), I use goat cheese. Everyone that tries this recipe LOVES it. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • — Debbie on August 20, 2020
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  • Excellent recipe. So easy and delicious. Every time I have served it people have loved it.

    • — Nicole D on July 23, 2020
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  • This recipe is the BOMB! OMG! It is So good. Love it. I added some sun dried tomatoes that I wanted to get rid of. Really good. Thanks

    • — Kathy Bedard on July 23, 2020
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  • This is a very tasty and easy to make appetizer. I will definitely make it again.
    My feta did not melt well. Best to slice it to help the process.

    • — Linda on July 19, 2020
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  • What a lovely meal! We chopped the feta into slices and ate it with fresh bread and basil as our main meal. We drank champagne with it.

    • — Annie on June 14, 2020
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  • This recipe sounds amazing, but feta doesn’t really agree with me. Can we use another type of cheese?

    • — Mariana Supico on May 14, 2020
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    • Hi Mariana, I’m not certain how readily available haloumi is, but that would work here. Some other options are blue cheese or Brie, although I’ve never tried them here. Just make sure to keep an eye on it while it’s in the oven!

      • — Jenn on May 14, 2020
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  • Soooo yum!

    • — Gail on April 3, 2020
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  • Loved it!!

    • — Glenna on February 29, 2020
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  • Modified this
    Sliced feta into 5 slices and overlapped in the baking dish
    Mixed tomatoes with kalamata olives, halved, the capers, garlic cloves sliced thin and a little slivered red onion, a few twists of black pepper and piled around and on top of feta.
    Drizzled with about half a tablespoon of olive oil
    Baked at 375 about 25/30 minutes
    Garnished with slivered basil and a little lemon zest
    Served on crostini I made
    WOW…So easy and so good. Thanks Jenn for the inspiration

    • — Carol Winkelman on August 30, 2019
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  • We just made this again for the millionth time. It is so delicious. This time I’m on a diet so I didn’t want to eat a lot of white bread. I had some cooked barley in the fridge so I heated it up and put the cheese and tomatoes on top. It’s a meal by itself. DELICIOUS!

    • — Dawn on August 18, 2019
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  • Once again, a winner recipe. So simple and yet so delicious. This will be my new go-to appetiser. Many, many thanks!

    • — Lina Beard on August 8, 2019
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    • Love this recipe!!

      • — Cheryl on June 24, 2020
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  • Just made this again after a break from it. It is the perfect summer lunch on a lightly toasted crusty baguette. Thank you for another great recipe.

    • — Jane C. on July 29, 2019
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  • Delicious for sure; I will do what others state below; the cheese did not really melt when it got broiled on top, and it is so much better melted. I will next time make 4-6 cuts on the cheese and spread them out a bit through the mixture of tomatoes to make sure that it melts as it browns.

    • — Kristin on July 21, 2019
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  • Super good!!!!

    • — Deb on June 11, 2019
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  • Loved these flavors! But had to cut the cheese in half so that the center wasn’t cold and hard.

    • — Molly on April 11, 2019
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  • What would you eat this with? Pita bread? Crackers? French bread?

    • — Janelle Faherty on February 27, 2019
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    • I love it with a loaf of crusty bread, but any of those will work. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 28, 2019
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  • Can you make tomato mixture ahead of time? Do you cook the tomatoes until most of the moisture is evaporated?

    • — Carol Hassler on December 25, 2018
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    • Hi Carol, It’s fine to prepare the tomatoes ahead. The juice from the tomatoes creates a little sauce, so it does not all evaporate. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on December 26, 2018
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  • I have made this so many times and have shared the recipe. This is so easy and delicious. Only recommendation is just before going into oven I make 4 to 6 cuts into the cheese. Helps melt the yummy cheese faster.

    • — Bev on December 20, 2018
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  • Made this for a party with friends – and everyone loved it! So different, so delicious! Love your recipes! (BTW, Couldn’t wait to get your new book for Christmas, so I bought it myself!)

    • — Michael Roes on December 20, 2018
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  • Loved!! Made this tonight and will make again and again! We have too many beautiful garden cherry tomatoes and this is a delicious way to use a lot of them. Another winning recipe…..thanks Jenn.

  • My favorite and more importantly – my mother-in-law’s favorite. Excellent.

  • Did this for a small party and it turned out great! Thanks!

  • My go to appetizer to go with a glass of wine . Always gets rave reviews – looks like so much more effort than it is !

    • — Constance Johnson
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  • I make this all the time, one of most popular dishes at my house for a luncheon or dinner appetizer or dinner starter. The best.

  • I’ve already dazzled many a guest with this easy yet oh-so-delicious recipe. I made i tin individual ramekins and served it with olives, bruschetta and a crusty bread. My husband was happy when one guest told us she didn’t like tomatoes – he got to eat hers! And that was just the first course of a three-course-Once-Upon-a-Chef-meal, which are becoming a regular thing at our house.

  • This is a wonderfully balanced appetizer- perfect for a variety of occasions ! It’s easy to prepare, but tastes like a time consuming appetizer.

  • Simply the best appetizer! I have made this several times for different groups of friends and family. Every single time this gem of a recipe has been served everyone says WOW and then asks for the recipe. Instead of giving them the recipe, I tell them about this amazing website and have introduced many to the wonderful recipes you share. Several have also purchased your cookbook. Everyone says the same thing I do…..pick a recipe, make it and wait to get lots of complements. Thank you for such great recipes and a wonderful cookbook!!!

    • — Theresa Klimovich
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    • Thanks so much for spreading the word about the blog! ❤️

  • Made this for a party and it was such a hit!

  • I am excited about making this for tonight’s hurricane party. Would fresh basil work well in this? When would you add it? Thanks!

    • — Colette Dryden
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    • Sure, Colette – I’d add a 2 tablespoons to the cooked tomato mixture, then another tablespoon right before serving. Stay safe 🙂

  • This was a very simple appetizer to make but was excellent! Made the house smell wonderful with the garlic and tomatoes and our guests loved it served with baguette slices. It was even better the next day reheated and spread on crusty bread! Next time I think I will let the cheese block warm up a bit closer to room temp before placing under broiler so the middle and bottom will become softer. Plan to make it again this week!

  • Excellent! I can’t think of a better way to use up my bumper crop of cherry tomatoes.

  • WOW! Another “award winning” recipe from Jenn. This is super easy and a true “crowd pleaser.” You’ll always win with Jenn! :- )

  • Excellent! Served as an appetizer along with the chickpea salad. The feta cheese was devoured and many requested the recipe. I enjoyed the chickpeas too and wonder if it’s a LI thing 😉

  • Absolutely DELISH!!! OMG! No lie, made this 3 times in a week! THAT GOOD! HONESTLY! MAKING again as I type!

  • Oh so delish! I had this for dinner tonight with pita chips – what a taste treat! The briney flavor of the capers really makes the tomatoes and garlic sing. This concoction would taste terrific tossed with pasta. I’m pretty sure I will be trying that some day. : )

    • I concur

      • — Maarejayne Williams
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  • I made this last week, omitted the capers as didn’t have any. Served with Baguette and a simple salad. It was really tasty, we enjoy Feta in salads or sandwiches, and this was a first time broiling it. Thanks Jen!

  • YUMMO!!

  • Hi Jenn, Can I substitute the feta for a different type of cheese?

    • Hi Carmen, I’m not certain how readily available haloumi is, but that would work well 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!

      • I made the recipe as is and I also tried it with goat cheese with some balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey. Delicious both ways.

        • — Colleen on June 16, 2019
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  • Easy and delicious. What more could you want.

  • Absolutely delicious, and oh so easy.

  • This is one of the easiest and best appetizers I have made. I am getting ready to make it for the second time!

    • But you gave it only one star?

  • Just made this and loved it. Made a couple adjustments: added halved pitted kalamata olives, and added a squeeze of fresh lemon after taking it out.

    Ended up with way too much liquid. Probably didn’t cook down the tomatoes enough before adding to the bak8ng dish?

    • Hi Amy, the cooked tomatoes definitely produce a lot of juice. If you found the finished dish to be a little too liquidy, just drain some of the juice from the saucepan before adding it to the baking dish.

      • Thanks for the reply. Tried it again tonight and it turned out perfect. Just had a few less tomatoes and cooked them a bit longer. Also, broiled in my cast iron tangine base, which worked really nicely.

        • Glad it worked out – thanks for the follow-up!

  • Omg, this was so good! Made this for a girls night, everyone LOVED it! Served it with homeade bread, definitely going to make it again!

  • This is the BEST appetizer and is now my new favorite. So easy and full of flavor!!! Thank you!!!!

  • I love savory appetizers, and this is one of our family’s favorites! I like to use multicolored heirloom tomatoes when I can find them and serve it with lightly toasted baguette slices, which are perfect for soaking up the sauce!

  • A beautiful and easy appetizer! I tried this out so that I could serve it at my Oscar Party. It is delicious–the perfect combination of sweet and salty. It’s a great bruschetta topping too.

    • — Roberta Winchester
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  • This is one of my go-to appetizers! I agree that paired with a salad and a glass of wine it can be a dinner in and of itself. It is prettier if you use multicolored tomatoes but tastes great either way.

    Just a note: I tried to use a “milder feta” to please a crowd, which is Bulgarian. It was way too soft, more watery, did not brown well and seemed to fall apart. I do not recommend using Bulgarian feta.

  • Everybody loved it! They didn’t even know what it was- thought it was some new kind of cheese! I will be making this again!

  • I’ve made this recipe several times, and it’s always a big hit. Tonight I added four anchovies cut into approximately 1 cm pieces. It was delicious. It didn’t come close to overwhelming the dish. I did, however, also delete any extra salt, because otherwise it would have been too salty.
    Why don’t I see any of the other comments?

    • The anchovies sound like a tasty twist, Chuck! To see the other comments, click on the “reviews” button that shows up immediately under the recipe title at the top of the page.

  • I LOVE this dish and it is so easy to make. I like to use crumbled or slice up the block a little so that it melts a little more. Also, I like a little less feta so that it doesn’t overpower the tomatoes.

  • I absolutely love this dish. I have made it as directed in this recipe and served it with pita bread, but I have also made it as a sauce to spoon over fish. In that case I cut the feta up in bite size pieces. It is delicious over swordfish or cod. I would think, any fish without a very strong taste. Tilapia would be good, too. Whereas, I don’t think I would serve it with salmon. A little lemon squeeze over it all adds to the delicious taste. Its so easy and quick, yet adds so much interest to a meal.

  • Fabulous! This recipe is now a constant at our home – appetizer for a group or dinner for a couple of us!! I don’t change a thing. I’ve made it with in-season tomatoes and with store-bought tomatoes and both work well. My only word of advice is to find a high quality feta, because it really is the star of the recipe.

  • Oops!
    Forgot the 5 star rating on my review

  • I have made this exactly as written and it’s amazingly good! I’ve also done it with provolone and it’s equally delicious. It’s a wonderful appetizer and I always get rave reviews.

  • My new go-to appetizer to make for company! It’s so easy and yet beautiful and delicious!

  • This recipe is a Wow! Its easy to prepare, tastes fantastic and looks so festive, (especially if you use red and yellow cherry tomatoes), everyone assumes it was a lot more work than it is! I have made this countless times this summer using cherry tomatoes from our garden and we’re not tired of it yet!

  • My go to recipe for an easy delicious appetizer or quick vegetarian dish. Even good the next day reheated.

  • Made this delicious and easy recipe tonight. I made it exactly as described with no substitutions and served it with fresh sliced baguette. Everyone loved it. I loved how beautiful and colorful it looked when done and it was a crowd pleaser.

  • This is the best recipe in the world! My husband and I love it. We’ve made it our dinner several times during our extra warm Seattle summer. Thank you.

  • This has become my go to brunch staple (along with the kale and brussel sprout salad) for a while now. And it is a hit every time. I always follow the recipe faithfully, and add warm pita bread to scoop up all the deliciousness.

  • I reviewed this recipe about a year ago when I very first made it and have made it multi times since then having a few tweaks. What I discovered is that you can make the whole dish ahead of time (except the feta) which is a time saver for me. And since Feta blocks are fairly thick, I sliced it lengthwise into two thin portions so it covered most of the tomatoes. It broiled up nicely, the tomatoes got hot and then easier to portion out the cheese / tomato when scooped. Thin sliced, lightly toasted french bread (also made ahead of time) works really well – holds up to the soupy texture but can also sop up some yummy juices. What a great recipe to use lots of prolific cherry tomatoes!

  • We had a lot of feta left over (Costco) from the Whipped Feta Dip recipe and decided to make this last weekend. It was insanely delicious. I didn’t change anything and it was a delightful dish with bread or brioche toast. My 3-year-old loved it and even my 10-month-old loved the flavors. I plan to make it again for an upcoming party next month. I served it before a pasta dish and it was a great meal!

  • I made this dish several times and it is always a hit both with grown up s and kids. Foolproof and very easy to make. The only thing I do differently is slicing the feta block before broiling – it’s just easier to serve that way. Thank you Jen!

  • Jenn, I have requests for help with two things. #1. My cheese neither melted/softened nor browned after 10 minutes and then I looked again at the package and noticed that I accidentally bought “non-fat” feta. Is that probably the problem? #2. Since there wasn’t a photo as served, I looked at the baguette and pondered whether to heat the loaf and tear it, slice and broil, slice or tear at room temp… what is your preference? And do you spoon the sauce onto it rather than dip/dunk the bread? Thanks for your thoughts!
    Not rating since I think I bought the wrong ingredients.

    • Hi Judy, I’m afraid non-fat feta won’t work here so that was likely the issue – although keep in mind that even full fat feta won’t melt; it will just soften. And bread will work, and I have served it both ways, but for company I’d do toasted slices and use a spoon to smear the sauce on the bread. Hope that helps!

      • Thaanks for your help! I’ll try again.

  • Oh wow, this looks amazing!

    Would this work with haloumi instead of feta?

  • I made this twice over our recent holidays and it was a HUGE success. Everyone loved it!! So easy to make.

    • — Melanie Humphreys
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  • Yum!! I would make this again. First because it is so delicious and second, it is so easy!!!

  • We really loved it. We will do it again.

  • Such a beautiful presentation and the taste was perfect.

    • — Barbara Dowtin
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  • This has become my go to appetizer. I always have feta (TJ’s in brine) in my fridge, cherry tomatoes off my trees, when in season, or store bought and capers. It doesn’t take long to put together. I think the tomatoes and capers could easily serve as a side dish. I love, love this recipe.

  • Hi Jenn,
    I love all the recipes I have made from your website, esp. the Mediterranean and vegetable recipes! They are very easy to follow as well as delicious. I recommend your website to all my friends Please continue your passion for excellence and continue to inspire home cooks everywhere!

  • I want to bring this appetizer to a Mediterranean themed party. Can I completely prepare it at home and then bring it to the party and warm it up? Also, What happens as this appetizer sits and cools? Can’t wait to try this!

    • Hi Paula, I haven’t made it in advance but another reader commented that she prepares the tomatoes ahead, puts them in a dish with the feta and keeps it covered. Right before serving it, she pops it into the oven. So you could get it prepared to that point and then put it in the oven when you get to the party. Hope everyone enjoys!

  • This was such a fantastic appetizer! Broiling the feta completely transformed it. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  • Hi Jenn, this sounds delightful. I’d love to make for a dinner party Sat. One of the guests is gluten free. Any suggestions what I could make for them to have with this? The rest of us will enjoy the baguette as you suggest. I’m also making your Morocon chicken for the first time. Thank you Cindy

    • Hi Condy, I’d look for gluten-free crackers. Hope everyone enjoys the meal – can’t go wrong with the Moroccan chicken :)!

  • I never thought I liked cherry tomatoes until i tried out this recipe. There are few things that I can make that my vegetarian mother enjoys but this she loved.

    I can never quite get my feta as brown without my tomatoes beginning to burn. And certainly not in 4 minutes. It usually takes me twice as long. Would it help to perhaps put the cheese in first for a couple of minutes by itself?

    Also how soupy would you recommend I leave the tomatoes before adding them to the baking dish?

    • Glad your mom likes it! Yes, you can put the cheese in before the tomatoes to get it more browned. And the soupiness of the tomatoes is a personal preference. If you want to drain some of the juices from the tomatoes before adding them to the baking dish, feel free.

  • I made this and it was so partner likes his french bread, i warmed some tortillas and had it on warm tortillas, it was just simply divine.

    • — evangelina aguilar
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  • I just finished making this for the third time in 2 weeks. I love how easy and quick it is to make and the flavours are fantastic! I think it would also be delicious over spaghetti with fresh basil and parmesan. Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes!!

  • Hi Jen I would like to make this with a white fish like halibut and add the feta on top. What do You think?

    • Hi Carla, I think that sounds delicious – you might check out this recipe, which is similar.

  • DELICIOUS and SO EASY. I’m making it for the 2nd time right now, this time including onions (and basil, which I think I also included the 1st time). Left out the capers due to personal preference. Just YUM!!!

  • This is delicious!!!!!! I found a fantastic Bulgarian Feta cheese at Costco and it came in a two-pack. Perfect, perfect, thank you!

    • — Peggy McPhilimy Koger
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  • Made this last night for a party. Really excited to try and was so disappointed! The cheese was like a rock, impossible to spread on toasted bread. Tomatoes were delicious. Not sure what went wrong, would cut the cheese in half if I make this again.

  • So easy and delicious. Great addition to an appetizer table for something warm and bursting with flavour. Reheats really well!

  • Made this delicious and easy recipe the other night for company and everyone loved it!

  • Made this for brunch and it was a big hit. I would recommend to make sure your piece of FETA cheese was not too thick. The first time I made this,the Feta cheese was too thick and did not get soft. The second time I made this, I cut the feta in half. ‘Even folks who did not like tomatoes and cheese, loved this. Ate this one night with a loaf of bread for dinner!!

  • Simple and delicious. I’ve substituted Queso Fresco for a milder taste for the kids, still excellent flavors

  • Simple and delicious.

  • This is so easy! And wonderful! Served with toasted melba thin bread cut into quarters and it left the table! Tomatoes are wonderful! Would make it again, and again.

  • loved it! Thank you Jenn 🙂

  • Oh, my goodness…is this ever easy and delicious! Can’t wait to make it again. My husband loves feta. Too bad, as I could easily eat the whole thing myself! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • — Vicki Frederick
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  • Took this to a New Year’s Eve party and it was gone in 15 minutes. So good! Told everyone about your wonderful blog. Thank you! Happy 2017

  • Hi! Im going to serve this dish for company and was wondering if I can prep it ahead of time and then throw it under the broiler when my company arrives.

    • Yes definitely, Mary. Enjoy!

  • Delicious. I followed the recipe exactly. It took longer than 4 minutes to brown (maybe my broiler) but other than that it was perfect. If you don’t like feta I would tell you to try it anyway (it’s that good) because the broiling changes the flavor and makes it more mild.

    • I think someone asked about making ahead. When I’m having guests I make the tomatoes earlier in the day and put them in a dish with the feta and cover with plastic wrap. Then when I hear guests in the driveway I pop it in the oven. Still turns out perfect . Thanks Jen!

  • We love this dish that looks amazing and is very easy to assemble. I would recommend adding Kalamata olives (1/4 to 1/2 cup)and a loaf of crusty baguette.

  • Deee-licious. Don’t need to say anything more, other than TRY IT, YOU’LL LOVE IT!

  • I had never used block feta before so wasn’t sure what to expect. Oh my – this is an addicting dish! A very flavorful, combination of feta, garlic and tomatoes. Even after the first day, it tasted really good just with crackers as a snack!

  • Hi, I love Feta but I’m not into garlic. Can I do this recipe without the garlic? any other substitute?

    • Hi Jenny, you could just omit the garlic or add some chopped shallot instead.

  • Made this last night for company and it was outstanding !! I will double or triple the tomato olive oil mixture next time because we all put it on crusty bread and really loved that part.

    Thanks for such an delicious and easy recipe !!

  • Fantastic and so easy! We had this before dinner with crusty bread and my whole family loved it. I liked it because it comes together very quickly and the flavors are terrific.

  • I have made this twice, once as an appetizer and tonight as a main meal. So good and can’t wait to have it tomorrow for lunch.

  • Really wonderful recipe. Perfect for any season. I subbed green olives because my husband didn’t care for capers but it was DELICIOUS!

  • I love this recipe. Baking the feta changes the flavor to make it a little milder and my kid lives it. My husband and I love all the flavors together and it is great with some crusty bread.

  • This is absolutely delicious and simple to prepare. I’ve made it (at least 6 or 7 times) exactly as written and it turned out picture perfect. Everyone I’ve served it to, loved it as much as we did. My husband suggested that I try as a pasta dish and it was really good too. The first time I didn’t put enough feta cheese and the next time I put too much but still very good. If mixing it in pasta be sure to pour a little olive oil first before adding mixture. Great recipe and definitely a keeper.

  • I made this as an appetizer for my daughters birthday dinner. Her Mother-n-
    law is non-grain and gluten free so I am always looking for an alternative so she can have some to. I couldn’t think of an appropriate veggie except lettuce cups. Romaine and a small head of redicio filled the void. I also added fresh basil for a finishing touch. Everyone loved it.

    • — Patricia Leggett
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  • This was wonderful! I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and it is super easy to make! We had a little left over and it was also good the day after. This will be repeated often!

    • Oops – forgot to give it a star rating – 5 stars, of course!

  • LOVED this recipe. I ended up using crumbled feta instead of a block (just what I already had in the fridge so decided to use it) and it still worked beautifully. I also added an extra garlic clove, since I believe you can almost never have enough. and a small handful of pre-roasted garlic cloves (from the Mediterranean bar @ Wegmans). This has become one of my favorite recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  • This appetizer was beyond incredible. So easy, the flavors meld perfectly. I have made it with the capers and without. I prefer without the capers as dish tended to be too salty for me with them included. I have had this dish for dinner sometimes with a glass of wine and it is so satisfying.

    • — Susan Hillhouse
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  • This a great appetizer and was easy to make. We brought this to a party and got many compliments. I can definitely see this as a main course for two as well. I was afraid the feta block was too thick and cut it in half but stuck it back on and it was fine.

  • WOW!
    We had a plethora of cherry tomatoes in the garden this year, so made this several times. My wife makes homemade sourdough, so fresh baguettes, garlicy tomatoey, cheesy goodness, yumm. With a crisp Savignon blanc, easy to get full on these.
    I took the feta out of the fridge about 1/2 hour before to get it a little soft. I found it melted a bit more and browned up nicely under our gas broiler (just got a new oven recently, and this is the only thing I have broiled yet, so it could be me). I made this in smaller batches after the first time, since it is just 2 of us. 4 OZ of cheese to about the same amount of tomato seems right for us as an appetizer

  • We made this recipe several times this summer, especially after receiving a bounty of cherry tomatoes from our neighbor. So delicious and very easy to pull together. It paired nicely with some grilled salmon. I needed a quick meal this past weekend and thought I had all the ingredients on hand, but had forgotten that I had used up all the capers. Some lemon juice and parsley made for a nice last minute substitute, but we really prefer the recipe as posted.

  • Do you have a favorite brand of feta?

    • I like President brand. (Be sure not to get the fat free version!)

  • I tried this dish the other night and it was so simple and so delicious. I forgot to get capers so added onions instead and it was really good. The juices and soft cheese were devine!

  • This was so delicious! Something about baking the feta makes it milder and changes the texture. Perfect with the moroccan meatballs and pita…

  • This dish looks amazing, but I am making it for a crowd of 12 hungry adults as an appetizer. How do you recommend I multiply the recipe? Should I make it in three separate dishes? Help.

    • Hi Jean, You could use 3 separate dishes or just one larger one (it should hold at least 4 quarts). And I would just multiply all the ingredients by 3 to have enough for everyone. Hope they enjoy!

  • We have to rave about this recipe! I added a small handful of freshly cut mixed herbs from my garden, and that added a nice freshness to the flavor. The bottom of the feta melted slightly and leaked some “feta juice” into the tomato mixture, and that added a lot.

    Jenn, how would it be with a dozen or so Greek olives, halved or coarsely chopped? How about with some anchovies? I don’t want to give it too much of a “putanesca” flavor, just to add some umami flavor. What do you think?

    • So glad you enjoyed it, Chuck! I think the diced olives would go beautifully here.

  • This recipe was one of the big hits of the summer at my house. I made it again and again! I also add some herbes de provence and black olives. It even freezes well. I made the recipe up to the point of putting it in the oven, but put the baking dish covered with aluminum foil in the freezer instead.

  • As other users have noted….this is so good and easy too!! Will definately be making this one again.

  • I have made this about 5 times and everyone loves it! It comes out perfect every time. Loves the flavors and so easy.

  • Perfection in individual au gratin dishes. We used the last of our Sun Gold cherry tomatoes and I halved the recipe for 2. A bit of focaccia and Chardonnay, rounded out our late summer dinner perfectly n

  • We liked this. But have to say – reading someone’s review, I now want to try this with goat cheese. 🙂

    • Tried with lemon flavored goat cheese. and regular goat cheese. REALLY GOOD!!

  • I am obsessed with this. I was looking for something to do with the huge amount of cherry tomatoes from my garden and stumbled upon this recipe. The texture of the feta when it’s warm is outrageous, and the tomatoes create a sort of sauce. My mouth is watering again!

  • Another 5 star recipe from OUAC-thank you! Made it as a light supper with a salad & good baguette one night- my mom raved! Making again tonight but doubling the tomatoes & serving over very thin grilled chicken cutlets and couscous-Yum!

  • I had purchased the ingredients for this dish earlier in the week and never gotten a chance to make it. Boy was I pleasantly surprised tonight while searching for something in the refrigerator to realize I had the makings for this tasty dish. My husband and I took your advice and ate it alone as our only dish. It was delicious. Another great recipe.

  • This was so simple, the perfect summer dinner! The warm feta, smeared on freshly toasted ciabatta bread, with the slightly sweet and bursting with flavor tomatoes on top……
    Thank you for this great recipe!

  • I made this tonight for dinner with my daughter and son-in-law, and all of us were over the moon about it. Simple, delicious, and irresistible!

  • This recipe is amazing!! I hate when people offer reviews and then say all the things they changed (!), but now I have to do that….and it was accidental, I promise! I don’t care for Feta but that’s beside the point. I didn’t have any! So I used goat cheese and I have to say, I cannot imagine it being any more delicious than it was. Some of my guests even placed some of it on their steaks!!! FABULOUS RECIPE. Thanks so much.

    • — Corinne Murphy
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  • Perfect summer bite before dinner! Especially with cherry tomatoes from my garden.

  • Not only was this delicious the first time around, but the leftovers were fantastic on homemade pizza dough.

  • Simple and Delicious like all of your recipes. I used the leftovers in an omelette.

  • Can you reheat this recipe as I would like to try it before serving it to friends. If yes, how would you recommend that I reheat it ( oven, microwave??? )

    • Yes, Lynn, that’s fine. You can easily reheat it in the microwave.

  • Best appetizer I have eaten all summer!! So happy to have a new recipe for my abundant cherry tomato crop. Reminds me of Greek Saganaki. Thank you for another fabulous recipe!!

  • This was so quick, easy, and DELICIOUS! I just substituted kalamata olives (my sis-in-law won’t touch anything with capers) and sprinkled some fresh dill on top after baking. Seriously good – thanks for another amazing recipe!

  • My husband doesn’t like feta. What other cheese would work for this? My son has had something like this in a restaurant and he said can we make this mom.
    Thank you!!

    • Hi Diana, I’m not certain how readily available haloumi is, but that would work well 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!

    • I think goat cheese would be amazing with these flavors too, though you’d likely have to do it in slices/discs as it’s typically sold as a log. I made a similar recipe all last summer with goat cheese and it was a great pairing!

  • Colorful, delicious and easy to make dish that you can serve hot or cold.

  • This recipe is excellent, so easy and quick to make, 15 min and supper is served on a hot summer day, the colors add to great taste.

  • I served this tonight as a starter and it was a big hit! Served four perfectly with toasted baguette slices. One change: the top of the feta cheese was getting brown, but it was not getting soft on the bottom, so I cut the block in half crosswise and put the two pieces side by side in the pan. Worked perfectly! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • This recipe is heavenly. My picky 7 and 10 YO ate this without a word of complaining. Thank you.

  • I’d be serving this as the main dish, so I was wondering: could I add, say, crumbled Italian sausage? Or something else?

    • — Willliam Gross
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    • I think you could William, but you’d have to cook it first. It may be simpler if you just serve it on the side.

  • Kindly add me to the roster of your readers who have flipped for this easy, yet utterly satisfying recipe. We had a friend over for dinner last night, and when I told Tom about this recipe, he said that he would plant his face in it. Tongue in cheek, I actually made him his own private appetizer….yes, 8 oz. of cheese just for him! This will be made more often than a “regular rotation”.

  • Outstanding! I made a double batch as an appetizer for our weekly dinner with my husband’s family and it was devoured. The only thing I did differently was to use crumbled feta all over the top instead of the block. Do not skip broiling the feta! There was about 1/3 of a cup left over, which I used in scrambled eggs the next morning. Can’t wait to make this again.

  • Hello Jenn and thanks for the recipe!
    It’s a very good idea for the hot summer days.
    i will surely prepare it and I wonder if it wouldn’t go even better with Haloumi cheese.
    What do you think?

    • Hi Monica, I think it would go great with goat cheese or haloumi. If you prepare it with either, I’d love to know how it turns out!

      • Hello again Jenn, I would have liked to add a photo of the dish, but it’s gone (eaten so fast!) 🙂
        It was really good with haloumi, the texture of this Cypriot cheese makes it perfect for your recipe, so I highly recommend it, it’s really worth trying it.
        I’ve also added some olives and some button mushrooms – so no need for meat in order to have a nutritious dish.
        Thanks again for this brilliant idea!

  • I adore your recipes and will definitely try this! I’m not the biggest fan of feta cheese… Is there another type you think would also work/ hold up to the heat?

    • Not sure how readily available haloumi is, but that would be good here. You could also try something like goat cheese, Brie or blue cheese, although I’ve never used them here. Just be sure to keep an eye on it while it’s in the oven!

  • I made this yesterday as an appetizer, and it was delicious! I added a pinch of dried oregano, which made me think that the leftovers will be great on some pizza dough that I have in the freezer!

  • Sounds great. Is this an appetizer? A side dish for dinner?

    • I think it could be either. Hope you enjoy!

  • Seriously one of the best things I have eaten this summer ! Only thing I did different was add a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end .

  • Truly wonderful. As suggested we had it for a light supper with baguettes and fresh corn. We decided the only problem was that we haven’t been making this all our lives.

  • I made this last night as part of a light supper alongside your garlic shrimp and it was fabulous. I didn’t change any part of the recipe. Tomatoes are already on my next shopping list to make this again. BTW, I love the option to change the measurements to metric, since that is how produce is sold where I live.

  • 90 degrees is not so bad – try 102. We too have had lots of salads and cold fruit but I am looking forward to a nice change with the broiled feta and tomatoes tomorrow. It looks and sounds delicious. Many thanks for all your delicious recipes.

  • I love capers but my husband isn’t a fan… Suggestions for a replacement? Olives? I’m sure it gives the recipe some saltiness so I don’t want to omit them all together!?
    Your recipes are amazing btw!

    • Hi Crissy, Yes, olives would be great. Enjoy!

    • i didn’t have capers, either. thought about olives, but ended up adding 1/4 red bell pepper and 1 whole serrano pepper, both chopped, to the tomatoes and garlic (and some extra garlic, too). it was amazing!

  • I haven’t tried this yet, but I already know I’ll love it, so I’ll rate it 5 stars. Your recipes have all always been 5 stars for me.

    Mainly, I wanted to acknowledge your genius in adding a metric/cup measure converter to your site! I’m always amazed at how many people ask the author to convert recipes just for them instead of finding a converter and doing it themselves. Your utter brilliance in adding a converter to your site must save you lots of time responding to such requests, and hopefully will be much appreciated by users who need metric recipes. Kudos to you!

  • Such an amazingly simple but luxurious recipe! I can’t wait to try it! Do you have a recommendation for feta? I have found it very difficult to find a really great one.

    • Hi Tracey, I use President brand. (Be careful not to by the fat-free version; it’s usually right next to the regular one.) Hope you enjoy!

    • I used Macedonian feta, which tends to be creamier. Goat feta was a tad too dry for this recipe. It is a wonderful easy recipe.

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