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If you love big Mediterranean flavors, get ready for a simple yet sensational treat: Roasted Garlic with Olives and Feta! Salty olives, tangy feta, and creamy roasted garlic mingle with a hint of rosemary for an irresistible bite. It’s perfect as a quick snack. This easy recipe celebrates the magic of a few quality ingredients, making it as delicious as it is effortless.

Enjoy this flavorful roasted garlic appetizer with warm, crusty bread for dipping. It also pairs beautifully with creamy hummus or a simple yet elegant smoked salmon board. For a satisfying boost, add it to a vibrant Greek salad or toss it with buttery noodles for a comforting meal.

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Why You’ll Love This Roasted Garlic Recipe

  • Effortless Preparation: This recipe is simple and delicious. Just toss the ingredients together and let the oven work its magic.
  • Flavorful Combination: Garlic, olives, and feta come together to create a creamy, salty, and savory blend that tastes amazing.
  • Versatility: Serve it as an appetizer with bread or mix it with pasta for a complete meal.
  • Simple Ingredients: You only need a few basic ingredients to create this gourmet-style dish.

This recipe takes familiar ingredients and elevates them into something extraordinary. The way the garlic caramelizes and melds with the warm, softened feta and the olives offers a gourmet-like quality that’s easily achievable in your own kitchen. This dish proves that even small-scale recipes can deliver big on taste and elegance.

Ingredients

olive oil, olives, spices, cheese and a bowl of garlic cloves on a cutting board.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this roasted olives and garlic recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Olive Oil: In this recipe, I use extra virgin olive oil, renowned for its quality and flavor. This type of oil is unrefined, preserving the authentic taste of olives and offering rich vitamins and minerals. While it’s my preferred choice, feel free to use a lighter olive oil if you prefer a milder taste.
  • Garlic: Don’t hesitate to use around 6 cloves of garlic for this dish. Roasting garlic transforms it into a sweet, caramelized treat with a much gentler flavor than its raw counterpart. It’s nutritious and adds a fantastic depth to the dish. If you’re a garlic fan, feel free to add even more!
  • Olives: Kalamata olives, native to Greece, are my go-to for this recipe. Recognizable by their almond shape and dark purple color, these meaty olives add a distinct flavor. Choose pitted olives to make your prep easier. Got extra olives? Use them in a Greek Chicken Bowl, Mediterranean Chicken, or a Greek Salad.
  • Feta Cheese: Traditional Greek feta, made from sheep’s milk or a blend of sheep and goat’s milk, is what brings this dish together. Its white color and crumbly texture are perfect for this recipe. You can find feta in blocks or crumbled. Leftover feta can be used in an Avocado Salad.
  • Spices: A pinch of dried rosemary is all you need to add that Mediterranean flair. This herb complements the other ingredients beautifully, enhancing the overall flavor of the appetizer.
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How To Make Roasted Garlic With Olives And Feta

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Drizzle peeled garlic cloves with olive oil in a baking dish and roast in a preheated oven for 30 minutes until soft. Add olives, feta, and dried rosemary, then bake another 10 minutes. Serve this warm, flavorful appetizer with your choice of crusty bread, tortilla chips, or pita.

a small baking dish filled with roasted garlic, olives, and feta cheese next to torn pieces of bread.

Expert Tips

  • Select Pitted Kalamata Olives: Choose kalamata olives that have already been pitted. This means the hard stone inside the olive has been removed, making them ready to use in the recipe.
  • Add Sun-Dried Tomatoes: For an extra layer of flavor, toss in some sun-dried tomatoes along with the olives and cheese before baking.
  • Feta Cheese Choices: Use either a quarter of a standard block of feta cheese or an equivalent amount of crumbled feta, based on your preference.
  • Tomato Alternative: If olives aren’t your thing, you can substitute them with either cherry or grape tomatoes for a different but equally delicious twist.
  • Use a Small Oven-Safe Dish: Since this is a single serving appetizer, make sure to use a small dish that is safe for oven use. This ensures even cooking and perfect portion size.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this be made in advance?

Yes, but it’s best served fresh and warm.

How long will leftovers last?

Store them in the fridge for a day or two.

What size baking dish should I use?

I typically use an 10-ounce oven safe dish when I roast garlic with olive oil. For best results, use a dish of similar size.

Can I add other ingredients to this roasted garlic recipe?

Absolutely! Try sun-dried tomatoes, capers, or walnuts.

Can I double this roasted garlic with olives recipe?

Yes, easily! Just use a larger baking dish.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Roasted Garlic With Olives And Feta

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
This easy mini appetizer features sweet roasted garlic, salty olives and creamy feta baked in the oven until warm and served with pieces of crusty bread.

Ingredients 
 

  • 6 cloves garlic -peeled
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 ounce crumbled feta cheese
  • teaspoon dried rosemary
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Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  • Place garlic cloves in a small oven safe dish. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, until garlic has softened.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and add the olives, feta, and dried rosemary. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy with breadhomemade tortilla chips, or pita.

Notes

  • Select Pitted Kalamata Olives: Choose kalamata olives that have already been pitted. This means the hard stone inside the olive has been removed, making them ready to use in the recipe.
  • Add Sun-Dried Tomatoes: For an extra layer of flavor, toss in some sun-dried tomatoes along with the olives and cheese before baking.
  • Feta Cheese Choices: Use either a quarter of a standard block of feta cheese or an equivalent amount of crumbled feta, based on your preference.
  • Tomato Alternative: If olives aren’t your thing, you can substitute them with either cherry or grape tomatoes for a different but equally delicious twist.
  • Use a Small Oven-Safe Dish: Since this is a single serving appetizer, make sure to use a small dish that is safe for oven use. This ensures even cooking and perfect portion size.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 88kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 347mg, Potassium: 50mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 108IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 92mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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5 Comments

  1. Jan says:

    The combined flavors are so you!my. I did add additional garlic cloves because we love them…this and a tossed salad were our dinner tonight. We will be having this again…soon!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

    2. Carol says:

      Jan, I like the way you have for dinner!

  2. Linda Thurston says:

    This was my dinner tonight, served over pasta… delicious! Thank you!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thank you for taking the time to let me know. I absolutely love it over pasta too.