Baked Eggplant with Feta Cheese
If you want to cook your very own Greek cuisine at home, such as baked eggplant, then you will want to know how to add feta cheese to it. Feta is a popular white cheese that is prepared with many popular cuisines in Greece. It is also one of the most exported cheeses that come out of Greece as well. Feta is basically curd cheese made from the milk of a goat, sheep or both. Then it gets salted for additional flavor, which becomes the feta cheese that we all know and love. The cheese is available in different levels of firmness, like from soft to hard. For baked eggplant, you will want to get the soft feta cheese.
Baked eggplant is a classic Greek side dish that uses eggplant, herbs, tomato and feta cheese to create the ultimate appetizer. You can also have it as a main dish if you create a bigger portion size using more ingredients. To prepare the meal, you start off by washing the eggplants and then removing their stems. Cut them into ½ inch slices and fry the slices until they turn light brown. You should also add olive oil while you are frying the eggplant to give it additional flavor. Next you turn the oven on and preheat it to 355°F. Take a baking dish and spread the eggplant slices on the bottom of it. Then you will take the other ingredients, such as the basil, tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper, and mix them together in a bowl. After that, you spread the mix over the eggplant in the dish. Now you can take the feta cheese and spread it over the top of everything else. Put it in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. That is all there is to it.
If you go to a Greek restaurant then you will likely get baked eggplant served extra hot. However, if you are cooking this at home then it doesn’t have to be hot. You can let it sit for a few minutes after you take it out of the oven. Some people eat baked eggplant at room temperature and still find it just as satisfying. The important thing to remember is to use soft feta cheese because that is what will really make it taste great. One of the best brands for feta cheese is Athenos, which you can find in most supermarkets. So good luck and enjoy your baked eggplant.