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Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tapenade

A beautiful and easy baked feta dip that tastes like your in a real Italian restaurant..prepare to WOW your guests!

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tapenade | Fabtastic Eats

Welp..due to yesterday’s ‘nor’easter’, I’m stuck in Maine a little bit longer…aww shucks! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I asked my mom for Chili last night after talking about it with Rachel..and within an hour it was dinner. Seriously don’t think I’m going to leave until my husband graduates BOLC in February…kidding. Kind of.

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tapenade | Fabtastic Eats

I mean, if you had a live-in babysitter, endless supply of red wine, dinner cooked for you every night, a launderer, people who eat ALL the sweets you bake, etc., would you ever leave? I didn’t think so. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tapenade | Fabtastic Eats

My little bean turns ONE this week! We had a little party for him on Saturday..I can hardly believe it…didn’t I just come home from the hospital with him yesterday? Someone please talk me out of needing another baby…at least try too…

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tapenade | Fabtastic Eats

While we’re talking about time flying..this holiday season is BLOWING me away..seriously…it’s Christmas..NEXT.WEEK. Do you even have any parties left to attend? If you do, and even if you don’t, please, puh-lease make this baked feta dip..because honest to goodness, it will rock everyone’s world.

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tapenade | Fabtastic Eats

Oh and don’t be afraid of the olives for you haters..my mom was..but they really, really work. She LOVED it..olive tampenade and all. My dad claimed it was like something he’d get at a fancy, schmancy Italian restaurant. (But waaaaay better!)

It was a perfect dip for this time of year…hot, festive and colorful, looks decadent, tastes fancy and AMAZING..so many flavors! It’s all so perfect together. You’ll flip for this..and so will your guests!

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tapenade | Fabtastic Eats

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tampenade

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves Six

Baked Feta Romesco with Olive Tampenade

A beautiful and easy dip that tastes like your in a real Italian restaurant..prepare to WOW your guests!

Ingredients

    The Romesco
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 28 ounce can plum tomatoes, drained
  • 1 roasted bell pepper ( I used one from a jar)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 inch slice of french baguette
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive Tapenade
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1/4 cup green olives (fruity ones), pitted
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoons cream of sherry
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 8 ounces freshly crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 French Baguette

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425ยฐ
  2. Heat a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes, until the garlic starts to golden, stirring often.
  3. Add the roasted pepper and chicken broth, stir together, cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the nuts and bread, cook for two more minutes.
  5. Carefully transfer to a food processor, add the black pepper and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  6. For the Tapenade, add the kalamata and green olives to the food processor, followed by the parsley, olive oil, sherry, and black pepper. Pulse until finely minced. Set aside.
  7. In a 1 quart oven and broiler safe dish, spray with cooking spray and pour in half of the romesco sauce.
  8. Top with 1/2 cup of the crumbled feta cheese, and dollop the tapenade on top of the cheese, try to evenly distribute it.
  9. Finish by pouring the remaining Romesco sauce over the top of the Tapenade, followed by the remaining Feta Cheese.
  10. Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes until warmed through and the edges are bubbling.
  11. Turn on the broiler and, and broil dish for about three minutes, until the top of the cheese starts to brown. Watch it close, it goes fast! Remove from oven and keep broiler on.
  12. Slice up french baguette, arrange in an even layer on a baking sheet, and broil for about two minutes on each side, until golden brown. (Again, watch it close so they don't burn!)
  13. Remove, garnish with fresh parsley if desired, and enjoy!

Slightly Adapted From Cooking Light

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18 Comments

  • Reply claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    Seriously, this is PERFECT.

    December 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh I love it so! Thank you!!

      December 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    I want this right now!!! Fist pump for savory dishes!

    December 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      *bump!* They’re my favorite this time of year!

      December 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    This looks unreal! I could really eat dips, spreads and appetizers instead of actual meals at any time. I cannot wait to try making this!

    December 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh my gosh, so could I!! I love getting my hands in all sorts of apps! Hope you enjoy!

      December 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply julia

    What a beautiful dish! I just love feta, and when it is warmed forget about it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah Im the saaaaame way girl! thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    I’ve been trying to figure out a good appetizer to bring to Christmas Eve at Shane’s parents’ house and I think this might be the winner. I know everyone would go crazy for it!!

    December 17, 2013 at 2:10 am
    • Reply Alaina

      I hope you do! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I’d never want to leave either! We don’t have any more parties before Christmas, but we are having some friends over right before New Year’s so this might have to be on the menu. Looks fabulous!

    December 17, 2013 at 7:09 am
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah Thanks girl! Happy Holidays!

      December 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Tamara Andersen

    I read Rachel Cooks “day in the life” post and clicked on the link to your blog. As I mentioned to Rachel, I have a ton of respect for young moms juggling small children and keeping up with a food blog! Keep up the good work! This recipe looks amazing.

    December 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      welcome! and thank you so much, I really appreciate that! ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm
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  • Reply Renee Hossalla

    Where are the directions to make it?

    May 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      they’re located at the bottom of the post in the recipe box ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 15, 2016 at 8:36 pm

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