Wildcard Winner

Baked Feta with Rosemary Blackberry Compote

By • August 21, 2013 • 8 Comments

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Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Your new dinner party hors d'oeuvre.

Baked Feta from Food52

WHO: Oops! Were you gonna eat that? is an investment banker in New York who has fond memories of making bread and pasta as a child (and an A+ Food52 username).

WHAT: Your new salty-sweet-gooey -- and elegant -- party appetizer.

HOW: Simmer blackberries and spices until soft and jewel-like; spoon over baked feta.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Once we got over how gorgeous this is (just look at that photo!), we couldn't stop scooping it up with crackers and then just with our spoons, layering all that melty-salty-sweet goodness together bite after bite. Plus, the compote is even better made ahead -- making this the perfect dinner party hors d'oeuvre.

Baked Feta with Rosemary Blackberry Compote by Oops! Were you gonna eat that?

Serves 8

Rosemary Blackberry Compote

3 black peppercorns (if you don't have whole peppercorns, use a few good grinds of black pepper)
4 juniper berries (if you can't find these, you can use a bay leaf)
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon buckwheat honey
1 pint blackberries

Baked Feta

One 8-ounce rectangle of feta, patted dry
2 teaspoons olive oil

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: feta, hors d'oeuvre, cheese

Comments (8)

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8 months ago [email protected]

We've got fresh blackberries growing across the street, so I went picking in anticipation of making this recipe. I braved a few spiders but finally gave up when I saw a snake. Thankfully, I had exactly 1 pint of berries, so this delicious dish was our dinner last night on a hot summer evening. Thank you!

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8 months ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks just flat out amazing. I can't wait to try it.

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8 months ago Kukla

Congratulations on the WildCard Win! I like such kind of recipes for their versatility and how easily they could be adapted for different cheeses, berries or fruit.

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8 months ago Kitchen Butterfly

Yes yes yes. Somehow I feel as though feta is the cheese of summer. And I get weak knees when fruit meets kaas. Congratulations on the schmearable win!

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8 months ago Phyllis Grant

beautiful

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8 months ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I love everything about this... can't wait to make it!!!

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8 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

YUM! What a great idea!

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8 months ago cupcakemuffin

Wow, this looks AMAZING. I need this in my life. :)