Baked Feta with Dates and Honey, from Mme. Fromage
I’m here to negotiate in favor of feta. If you bake it with honey and dates, you’ve got an easy appetizer, a succulent puff of briny softness, a winter warmer, if you will. I love an island of baked feta accompanied by dried fruit, a handful of walnuts, a sprig of thyme, and some homemade pita chips.
This is a good dish to serve on a cold afternoon when houseguests are restless, or it works well before a big dinner (especially if you’re serving lamb) when you need to distract people away from the kitchen. It looks impressive, and the combination of sweet and salty puts everyone in a good mood.