Sun-kissed shores, turquoise waters, and the intoxicating aroma of fresh herbs – Corfu, Greece, is a sensory feast. Beyond the breathtaking landscapes and ancient ruins, the island boasts a culinary scene that sings with simplicity and flavor. One dish that stole our hearts (and taste buds) was the humble baked feta dip, a local favorite that’s deceptively simple yet utterly irresistible.
Imagine this: a shallow dish filled with creamy feta cheese, its edges bubbling and golden, surrounded by vibrant bell peppers and juicy tomatoes, all roasted to perfection and seasoned with the aromatic warmth of oregano. Every bite is a symphony of textures – the smooth creaminess of the feta contrasting with the slight char of the grilled bell peppers and tomatoes, and the oregano adding a hint of peppery earthiness. It’s a dish that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family, accompanied by pita wedges for scooping and plenty of laughter.
We enjoyed it with souvlaki while staying in Corfu, Greece, and it was so amazing we had to duplicate the recipe at home.
Recreating this taste of Corfu in your own kitchen is surprisingly easy. The recipe requires just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort, allowing the quality of the ingredients to truly shine.
Although you can certainly bake your bougiourdi, we like to keep the kitchen cool during the heat of summer and cook it on our Camp Chef flat top grill. In fact, since the grilled feta is wrapped in foil, this is a great camping recipe.
At Papagalos in Ispsos Beach, the baked feta dip is topped with a mixture of cheddar and Jack shredded cheese. The feta cheese block holds its shape, but the inside is a gooey and melted. It’s perfect for dipping wedges of pita bread for a delicious afternoon snack, or appetizer before your main course.
This Greek baked feta dip recipe can be spiced up by adding a few chili peppers along with the bell peppers. At Papagalos, they served it with a really delicious hot sauce.
It’s a really forgiving dish, so you can certainly have fun with it. Just don’t forget the olive oil and Greek oregano!
If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy my:
- Baked Feta Pasta
- Greek Saganaki
- Mediterranean Quesadilla
- Traditional Greek Salad
- Salmon Sandwich with Spinach and Feta
Watch my Baked Feta Dip Video
Baked Feta Cheese (Bougiourdi)Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
- 8 oz. feta cheese
- 1/4 cup tomato diced
- 1/4 cup green bell pepper diced
- 1 tablespoon Greek oregano
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Jack cheese
- Hot sauce optional
- Pita wedges for dipping
- In an ovenproof dish or tin foil, layer the feta cheese, olive oil, tomato and bell peppers.
- Sprinkle shredded cheddar/Jack and oregano on top. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375°F. Alternatively, if using foil, place over indirect heat on a flat top grill and cook about 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling.
- Serve with hot sauce and pita wedges.