Serious Heat: Marinated Feta Cheese with Jalapeños

Serious Heat

Andrea Lynn, senior editor of Chile Pepper magazine, shares thoughts and observations from the fiery food world.

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[Photograph: Andrea Lynn]

I was recently introduced to the wonder that is feta cheese marinated in olive oil. It mellows out the sharpness of this cheese. Following the fabulous David Lebovitz's instructions, a commenter on his blog wondered about adding jalapeño to the mix. That's all the nudging I needed. Adding two jalapeños gives a sultry heat to the finish of the feta.

Chiles aren't just about the pow of massive spiciness; they are also for occasions like these, where the saltiness of feta can be complemented with just a hint of heat.

Spread the marinated feta cheese onto crackers and bread or toss into a salad. And when you've eaten all the feta cheese, don't you dare throw out that oil. Lebovitz recommends tossing the infused oil with noodles, roasted potatoes or veggies.

Jalapeño flavored roasted potatoes, here I come!