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Easy Baked Feta with Prunes + Pistachios

We can never get enough variations of baked feta. It’s the perfect easy appetizer and so incredibly versatile. This version calls for California Prunes, green olives, fresh herbs, honey and salty roasted pistachios.

Why does baked feta taste so good?

Baked feta has become a beloved appetizer for many, and there are several reasons why people say it’s incredibly delicious:

baked feta being drizzled with honey

Intense Flavor: Baking intensifies the flavors of feta cheese. The saltiness and tanginess become more pronounced, making it a burst of savory goodness in every bite.

Versatile Ingredients: Baked feta is topped with a variety of ingredients that complement and enhance the cheese’s flavor.

Simplicity: Baked feta is easy to prepare and requires minimal effort. You can have a tasty appetizer ready in a short amount of time, making it a convenient option for hosting guests.

Warm and Comforting: It is often served warm, which can be comforting and inviting, especially during cooler seasons. It’s like a cozy blanket for your taste buds.

Customizable: Baked feta is highly customizable. You can adapt it to your preferences by adding ingredients like cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, roasted peppers, or fresh basil, allowing you to create your own unique version of this appetizer.

Ingredients for this Baked Feta recipe

Baked feta draws inspiration from Mediterranean cuisine, which is known for its use of fresh and flavorful ingredients. The combination of feta, olive oil, and aromatics is reminiscent of Mediterranean flavors. Here’s what you’re going to need to make it:

California Prunes – add a touch of sweetness and are a great compliment to the salty feta cheese.

California Green Olives – add a briny bite to the dish.

Mixed Fresh Herbs – add amazing flavor that is totally customizable.

Drizzle of Honey – for its silky texture and sweeet flavor.

Salted + Roasted Pistachios – for crunch.

What happens to feta cheese in the oven?

Baking feta cheese transforms its texture. It becomes soft and creamy on the inside while developing a golden, slightly crispy crust on the outside. This contrast in textures is incredibly satisfying.

ingredients for baked feta appetizer

Wondering what else to serve? How about our Prune Olive Relish?

prune olive relish in a white bowl garnished with orange zest and fresh rosemary

Prune Olive Relish

This prune olive relish is a fantastic and flavorful addition to a cheese board, but it is equally delicious when served with roasted pork or chicken. Because it keeps well in the refrigerator, it makes an excellent condiment to make ahead and always have on hand during the holidays. 


Baked feta is a delicious appetizer because it combines the creamy, intense flavor of feta cheese with the convenience of preparation, versatility in ingredients, and a warm, communal dining experience. Its simplicity, richness, and satisfying texture make it a standout dish that can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a larger spread.

baked feta with olives, prunes and honey

Baked Feta with Prunes, Olives, Pistachios, and Honey

Alison Needham | A Girl Defloured
We can never get enough variations of baked feta. It’s the perfect easy appetizer and so incredibly versatile. This version calls for California Prunes, fresh herbs, honey and salty roasted pistachios.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 245 kcal


  • small baking dish


  • 8 ounce block of feta cheese
  • 1 cup California Prunes
  • 2 TBSP chopped mixed fresh herbs thyme, rosemary, and mint
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • ¼ cup salted, roasted pistachios chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180C).
  • Place the block of feta in a round or square baking dish (at least 6 inches/ 15 cm).
  • Sprinkle the prunes over the feta, followed by the thyme, rosemary, mint, and chili flakes.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes, followed by 2 minutes under the broiler or until golden and bubbling.
  • Top with pistachios and drizzle with honey. Serve immediately with crostini or crackers.


Serving: 1portionCalories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 327mgPotassium: 227mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 427IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 1mg
Keyword baked feta, california prunes, extra virgin olive oil, feta, green olives, herbs, honey, prunes
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