Barrel-aged feta tou fournou with chilli, roast garlic and oregano

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

"Try to source a barrel-aged feta such as the Mt Vikos or a spicy piperati. It will really make this meze sing," says Peter Conistis.

  • 20 garlic cloves (about 100gm)
  • 1 tbsp lemon thyme leaves
  • 200 ml mild-flavoured olive oil
  • 4 100gm pieces barrel-aged feta (see note)
  • 8 pickled green chillies (see note)
  • 2 long red chillies, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 tsp dried Greek oregano (see note)
  • 2 tbsp oregano
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  • Fillo crisps
  • 150 gm (1 cup) plain flour
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • For brushing: melted butter
01   For fillo crisps, preheat oven to 180C. Combine flour, oil, ½ tsp salt and 80ml water in a bowl and mix to combine. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth (2-3 minutes), cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rest (1 hour). Halve dough and, working with one half at a time, roll through a pasta machine, folding, rolling and reducing settings notch by notch until the last setting, halve pastry sheet before rolling through the final setting. Place fillo sheets on a well-floured surface, brush one sheet of fillo with melted butter, sprinkle with sea salt, then top with another sheet of fillo. Press down lightly and cut into 5cm x 12cm rectangles. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake on an oven tray lined with baking paper until golden and crisp (10-12 minutes), then set aside.
02   Reduce oven to 160C. Place garlic cloves and thyme in a small baking dish, cover with oil and bake until garlic is soft and lightly golden (25-30 minutes). Reserve garlic and oil separately.
03   Increase oven to 200C. Cut each piece of feta lengthways into 4 thick slices and place each in an ovenproof ramekin. Divide roast garlic among ramekins and top each with 2 green chillies.
04   Combine red chilli and dried oregano with 80ml reserved garlic oil in a bowl and pour mixture evenly over feta. Bake until feta is warmed through (15-20 minutes). Top with fresh oregano and serve with fillo crisps.

Note Barrel-aged feta, pickled chillies and Greek oregano are available from Greek delicatessens.

Topics:

GARLIC, THYME, DRINK SUGGESTION, OREGANO, FETA, CHILLIES, CHEFS' RECIPE, GREEK, SPRING, ENTREE

Recipe:

PETER CONISTIS, ALPHA, SYDNEY

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY

Drinking Suggestion:

2012 KIR-YIANNI PETRA, FLORINA, GREECE. , suggested by VANESSA CHANT

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Sep 2013

Sep 2013

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