Feta is one of the most popular pickled cheeses in the world, according to R.K. Robinson and A.Y. Tamine, authors of Feta and Related Cheeses.
A Greek brined cheese, it’s usually made from sheep’s milk, but goat’s milk is sometimes added in European varieties. Many U.S. brands are made from cow’s milk.
Usually associated with Mediterranean cuisine, crumbly feta may be mild or sharp, but it’s always pleasingly salty. Several organic brands are available, including Organic Valley (made from cow’s milk).
Topping a salad with organic feta is one of the best ways to introduce this cheese to your family. Also check out these culinary ideas:
- Add feta to cooked rice or pasta, top a baked potato, incorporate it into an omelet filling, or crumble it over a tomato sandwich, says Susan Westmoreland, food director for Good Housekeeping magazine and coauthor of The Supermarket Diet Cookbook.
- Mix feta with honey and freshly ground black pepper to create a spread for crackers, suggest the editors at Simple & Delicious magazine.
- Add crumbled feta and sun-dried tomatoes when preparing your favorite meat loaf, recommends Giada De Laurentiis, author of Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites and the soon-to-be-released Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California.
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