Brightly flavored chunks of marinated feta makes for an easy appetizer for picnics and parties.
We all know that here in the states, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer (even though the season doesn’t actually begin for another few weeks), and that means, picnics, parties, barbecues and just more time spent relaxing with family and friends, which is always a good thing.
And if you’re looking for something easy to set out for guests to nibble on or bring along with you to your next get together then look no further. These marinated feta and zucchini skewers are an easy and crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Marinated feta is a favorite in my house, make a jar today and I guarantee you’ll want to throw it in practically everything you make. It’s excellent when tossed with heirloom tomatoes or served in a little bowl as part of an antipasto platter but I also like to dress it up a little and make bite-sized skewers.
You start with a nice chunk of feta, one that’s creamy but firm enough to be sliced into chunks, and then add a handful of herbs and spices like thyme, chives, parsley, and black peppercorns along with a clove of thinly sliced garlic and fragrant orange and lemon zest.
Everything gets packed into a jar with some extra-virgin olive oil and all those flavors start getting to work, infusing both the feta and the oil as it sits in the fridge. You’ll want to start the marinated feta at least a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld but the longer it sits the better so you can even make it up to a week ahead if you’d like.
Once the feta is ready all that’s left to do is your zucchini. Salting the zucchini makes it tender inside and I like how the mild flavor pairs with the cool chunks of marinated feta, but you can also use cucumbers if you prefer. The zucchini is then threaded onto skewers alongside the chunks of marinated feta.
Bright with flavor, these little zucchini and feta bites are a tasty nibble you can enjoy all summer long.