Looking For An Easy Low FODMAP Appetizer? Make Baked Feta!
I ate dairy-free for over 25 years – and it turned out that I didn’t have to! It turned out that I react to lactose, not dairy itself. Confused? Read our article, Lactose, Dairy & The Low FODMAP Dietfor the full explanation. In brief, the low FODMAP diet is NOT a dairy-free diet. This recipe for Baked Feta with Honey, Walnuts & Thyme is not only low FODMAP and allowed, even on the Elimination phase, but it is DELICIOUS!
Baked Feta is Low FODMAP – And Simple
We also have a recipe for Baked Feta with Olives & Sun-Dried Tomatoes and truly, both recipes are really more like descriptions of how to assemble the dish; they are barely full-fledged recipes. Anyone can make our baked feta recipes – even non-cooks. And, the thing is, these are so elegant and tasty that no one will know these are “diet” food! FODMAPers and everyone else loves these.
Makes This for Guests – Or Just Yourself
Read the recipe through and look at the pictures and you will see that our Low FODMAP Baked Feta with Honey, Walnuts & Thyme is fancy enough for a party but actually easy enough to whip up on a week night – for a “party” of one or two!
You might notice in our images that I have shown fresh thyme as well as fresh oregano. Feel free to try either, or both!
Feta: Cow, Sheep, Goat – or a Combo
Feta cheese can be found made from cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, goats’ milk and sometimes even blends. All of them are low enough in lactose to be considered low FODMAP in portions of 40 grams, which is about 3 Australian tablespoons. Not only that, but only trace amounts of FODMAPs were found in this cheese.
I am partial to sheep’s milk feta, but you can use whatever kind you like.One caveat: they vary hugely, not only in flavor, but especially in texture and saltiness. As you can see by the images, you need a feta that slices nicely into slabs, so do not choose one that is too soft and crumbly.
Low FODMAP Baked Feta with Honey, Walnuts & Thyme
Low FODMAP Baked Feta with Honey, Walnuts & Thyme is simple to prepare. In small amounts you CAN have honey and this recipe uses it to great effect. A salty and sweet combo!
- 8 ounces (225 ) firm feta cheese, drained well
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Low FODMAP crackers or slices of toasted low FODMAP baguette
Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.
Slice feta into slabs about 1/2-inch (12 mm) thick. Place one slab in a small oven-proof dish, drizzle with a little olive oil and honey, sprinkle with some nuts, thyme and black pepper. Repeat with remaining ingredients, stacking the feta slabs on top of the previous one in a slightly overlapping fashion (refer to images).
Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is hot and softened. Serve immediately with crackers or bread.