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Leaning into appetizer season here with this quick and delicious Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives. Herby and garlicky, these roasted olives are served over sweet and creamy honey whipped feta cheese. This is the simplest of appetizers, yet so amazingly GOOD. Serve this dish at all of your upcoming fall parties, game days, and even into the holidays. This is the perfect appetizer for all occasions.

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We all know that when it comes to new recipes, I’m mostly about sharing delicious dinners, or something sweet for dessert. It’s just what I gravitate towards.

That said, I’ve been working to create more appetizer recipes for you guys. And with September here (Happy September!) and the fall entertaining season just ahead, I figured, why not get things started.

Which that brings me to this creamy, sweet, salty, and addicting honey whipped feta. Wow, I didn’t realize how much I would love this dish. But I really do, and I am so excited to share it! Plus, sharing it now will give us plenty of time to make it over and over again. This app is great for upcoming dinner parties, Sunday night football, and of course, the nearing holiday season.

Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives | halfbakedharvest.com

This is really easy, let’s start with the olives

You want to start with the olives, which are truly just a simple two-step process.

Gather up a bunch of mixed olives. I usually pick up a few varieties from Whole
Foods for different colors and flavors. Then toss the olives together with really good olive oil, garlic, shallots, lemon, thyme, oregano, and as always, a nice pinch of chili flakes.

Throw everything into the oven to roast for a bit. As the olives roast, everything caramelizes down and you’ll have the aroma of garlic and herbs in the air.

It’s such a nice dish to have in the oven as guests are arriving.

Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives | halfbakedharvest.com

Now, whip the the feta

While those olives are roasting, whip up the feta. It’s just feta cheese whipped together with cream cheese (for creaminess), honey, and a pinch of black pepper.

This is easiest to do in a food processor.

What’s great about the feta is that you can make it way in advance and just keep it in the fridge until serving time. I would recommend bringing it back to room temperature before you serve it for the very best flavor.

Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives | halfbakedharvest.com

Serve everything up

When the olives have finished roasting, spoon the feta into a shallow bowl. Spoon some of the olives and oil over the feta.

Serve the dip with toasted bread or crackers…something with a little crunch is so nice!

Could not be easier, but don’t let the ease fool you, this recipe is always such a show stopper.

I’m excited to have this on rotation for everything coming up this fall. We all need effortless appetizers to help make entertaining stress-free. Whether it’s just with family, or a group of friends, easy entertaining is always appreciated!

Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives | halfbakedharvest.com

 

Looking for other appetizer recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Peach Burrata Crostini with Burst Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Charred Baby Bell Peppers with Burrata

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix

Baked Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Lastly, if you make this Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

 

Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 113 kcal

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Ingredients

Roasted Olives

Honey Whipped Feta

  • 1 block (8 ounce) feta cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. In a baking dish, combine the olives, olive oil, garlic, shallot, lemon, thyme, oregano, and a big pinch of chili flakes. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the garlic turns golden and the oil is sizzling.
    2. Meanwhile, whip the feta. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The feta can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    3. Spoon the feta into a serving bowl and then top with the warm olives. Serve with bread or crackers.
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  1. 5 stars
    To…die…for. Simple, elegant and made my house smell like a Barcelona tapas house! This is now my go to (when i don’t make your bacon wrapped dates that is). I agree, start with least amount of honey.. 1tbsp was perfect, Also I added a bit more olive oil to smooth it out. It’s perfection!

  2. 5 stars
    We made this the other day. Had it as an appetizer. Soooo Goood! Easy and we just used dried herbs. Another 5 stars by HBH! Thank You!

  3. Made this twice now, first time used olive tapenade for even shorter faster version so didn’t get great smells of roasting just spooned it on top. Both times got good reviews and it’s unique and fun, thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    I have now made this recipe twice! Once for my mom’s birthday then again this week for a wine night with friends. It’s a hit every time – so delish!

  5. 5 stars
    The MOST fun for a girls night. Served with Trader Joe’s witches brew (mulled wine) and it was the perfect mix of a little honey sweet, toasty, briney olives, herby goodness.

  6. 5 stars
    Tieghan-This was course one of my four course wine tasting last weekend! It turned out amazing! I paired it with a lovely white Hungarian wine and my guests were so happy!

  7. The olives are baking in the oven as I type this. Bringing it to a birthday party and can’t wait to try it. Question for you. When a recipe calls for 1 shallot quartered, I never know if that means the entire shallot which consists of 4 to 5 sections or just one of the sections within the whole shallot? Thanks!

    1. Hi Stacy,
      You will just want to use the one shallot in the clove just like you would do with garlic. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! Very easy to put together, unique flavors and we felt sort of fancy eating it. 😉 Will definitely make this again.

    1. Hi Betsy,
      Happy Sunday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Very very good, simple and elegant. You might at first think it’s too many olives , but it’s not, dump them on and they get devoured. Baking the olives makes your your house smell like a tapas bar. Yum! I did add a bit of olive oil to the feta and cream cheese to get a smoother consistency, but that could have been because I was using a small low powered food processor.

    1. Hey Bee,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Diane,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  10. Do you put the olive mixture in the food processor after mixing the feta, cream cheese, honey all
    Together ? Or do you just add some olive oil and olive on top after mixing the for 4 ingredients under the honey whipped feta ingredient list?

    1. Hi Brooke,
      All of the olives and olive oil will just be added to the top of the feta, the only thing that is being put in the food processor is the feta, cream cheese, honey, and pepper. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    Made this for football Sunday appetizer and it was soooo good and everything was super easy to make! I kept the olives separate as some didn’t like olives but this was delicious with both cheese alone and with the olive mixture. We had steak as well and assembled some little crostini with the cheese and steak layered. Highly recommend 😉

  12. 5 stars
    this was absolutely swoon-worthy! made for friends as an appetizer and the aromas, texture, and contrast of creamy feta and briny roasted olives with punches of herbs and heat from the chili flakes was exceptional. only thought we all had was to halve or quarter some of the large olives in the mix for ease of eating!

  13. 5 stars
    Outstanding!!! One of the best appetizers yet. I will be making this on numerous occasions. It is a beautiful presentation no matter when or where you serve it. Thank you.

    1. Hey Judy,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    A friend made this and it is amaaaazing! I love olives but I know they can be polarizing. Is there anything you can think of that you could substitute for the olives?

    1. Hi Jenna,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. You can really use any other veggie here, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and artichokes would all be great substitutes for the olives. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

  15. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic and everyone loved it (even my friend who doesn’t really eat olives). The garlic and onion were a great addition too!!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

    1. Hey Staci,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

    1. Hi Alice,
      Was there something you didn’t enjoy about the dip? Anything I can help you with? Please let me know:) xTieghan

    2. Took this to a dinner party tonight. Got rave comments and several request for the eipe. a really visually appealing appetizer also. Thanks!

      1. Hi Mike,
        Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner. Thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    Made this the other night for a light dinner. It is so fantastic, the sweet honey with the tart, smooth cheese and the bite of the olives is just perfect. This would make an amazing appetizer for your next get together or perfect for lunch. Really simple and easy to put together. I will be making this often.

    1. Hey Sharyn,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    Absolutely Fantastic!!! I made this for a group meeting and was asked by 5 different people for the recipe. An easy entertaining spread that will make you look like a gourmet chef! Make ahead or make right before your event, both work great.

    The aromas are intoxicating and the balance of creamy, salty, spicy and sweet is exceptional.

    1. Hey Chris,
      Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  18. This looks so amazing I’m going to make it this Friday. I’m always confused when recipes call for shallots. Is it one whole shallot divided into 4 bulbs or one bulb quartered? Thanks so much!

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      You will want to use one bulb quartered. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    Delicious! I used an 8 oz container of whipped cream cheese and a jar of mixed olives with the pit (this is what I had on hand) and it came out great! I also added Zatar seasoning. Along with crackers I served it with sliced cucumbers for dipping. Yummy!

    1. Hey Julie,
      For this recipe I used sheep’s milk feta, but either will work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  20. Making this tomorrow for friends:) I have a serving /eating question – what vessel/utensils do you do with it – does it need little spoons, forks, spreaders?

    1. Hey Maria,
      You can really serve this anyway you want, as a dip or provide a serving spoon for guests to scoop onto their own plate. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  21. so good. we served with salami, fruit and lavosh and all loved! but it was a bit sweet. we added more feta and it was good!

  22. 2 stars
    I love everything you make but this wasn’t it for me. WAY too sweet. If I do it again I would maybe do 1/2 the amount of honey. Beautiful dip though!

      1. 5 stars
        Amazing! So much flavor, so creamy! Everyone Loved it! Made it as an appetiser for my Italian meal huge hit. Definitely making again 10 million stars awarded- loved it!

    1. Hey Martie,
      Sure, that would be fine to do, I would remove before serving to allow the cheese to come to room temp. Please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  23. 5 stars
    I made this without checking the instructions beforehand (yes, I know this sounds like all those weird reviews in the NYTs) and baked it all together so the cheese and olives got hot and bubbly, and it was amazing! Great flavor profile and I’ll have to try as intended next time 🙂

    1. Hey there,
      The recipe calls for 2-3 tablespoons of honey. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  24. I made this yesterday for my family and it was Amazing! I substituted Greek yogurt for cream cheese and it turned out great. It was gone in about 15 min…I will be making this a lot this fall… super easy to prepare.

  25. What a fun recipe! I added a little heavy cream to whip it a little more. So yummy. Going to be a hit in a couple of hours! Thank you for sharing.

  26. This was delicious! I made this for a family gathering and everyone loved it! Such a great appetizer! Can’t wait to make this again. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Hey Barbara,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Linda,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    Turned out just like your picture, and flavors and texture were amazing. This was so easy and love the make ahead component of this if you need it — so important when entertaining.

    Can’t wait for your next cookbook. I love your flavor profiles. Thank you.

    1. Hey Jill,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  28. Tastes delicious! But mine is not as smooth as your photo. Any suggestions? I’m thinking next time I’ll try blending in my vitamix instead of my food processor.

    1. Hey Sierra,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! You can always add some olive oil to smooth it out. xTieghan

    1. Hey Carrie,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  29. This recipe is DELICIOUS. I purchased the Dodoni brand feta (in “brine”) from Costco along with Kalamata and green olives to make the 2 cups mixed olives just to make it more cost effective and I also used dried herbs since that’s what I had on hand. This is going to be my new go-to appetizer. It’s so different from what’s usually served at get-togethers and it’s freaking amazing. You knocked it out of the park as usual, Tieghan!

    1. Such a hit as an app for last night’s dinner party! Even some Feta-haters LOVED it. I don’t usually deviate from your recipes but added some Peruvian peppers. This recipe is a keeper!

      1. Hey there,
        Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    2. Hey Karen,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  30. WOW! Roasted olives alone are superb! Easily stands alone as perfection, Whipped feta was so yummy. Enjoyed by all. Thank you. Will always check your recipe file before I decide on what to make. Very recent subscriber…

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  31. Made this yesterday as a Friday night accompaniment for wine. Delicious. Eating leftovers this morning for brunch! Wish I could post a picture. I couldn’t get thyme so I subbed dill and tarragon.

    1. Hey Erika,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe. I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for a group of friends who came over for Happy Hour. It was a huge hit! So easy to make and so unusual. I’ll be making this often. Thank you!

    1. Hey MacKenzie,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe. I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  33. 5 stars
    Ong! This is awesome! I had a few misgivings when I tried to whip the feta & cream cheese in my blender! I know, next time I’ll use my cuisinart, but I’m cuisinart-less at our cabin this weekend, so I was trying to make do. Anyway, the blender was a no-go and I ended up using a hand mixer!🤣 Surprisingly, it all worked out and was a big hit with everyone! Will definitely be making this again and again! Delicious!!!! And if the roasted garlic ends up in the drizzle with the olives, all the better! 😃 Next time I’ll bring my cuisinart…😂

    1. Hey Leslie,
      Fantastic! Love to hear that the recipe was enjoyed, thanks bunch for making it. Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Kyleigh,
      They taste like a shallot to me:) Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Melanie,
      You could certainly do that, I prefer this served warm, but that is my preference! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  34. Might I suggest you edit the recipe to indicate the roots on the shallot should be cut off as you do not eat it. I see in your pictures you baked this dish with the shallot roots still attached which may confuse some of your readers who are new to cooking and don’t know how to properly peel and quarter a shallot.

    1. Hey Amy,
      I’ve never had any issues with this, the way I cut the shallots is the way I would serve them:) Please cut your shallots to your liking. xTieghan

  35. Looks amazing! My question is about the Olives. Do you buy them in the jar? I’m sorry, I’ve never purchased olives. I will go to Whole Foods , but just wondered if they are best fresh (not sure you can buy that way!) or in a jar.

    1. Hey Tina,
      I used pitted olives from the jar:) I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Happy Friday! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed! Thanks a lot for making it. xTieghan

    1. Hey Ellie,
      Happy Friday! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed! Thanks a lot for making it. xTieghan

    1. Hey Robyn,
      Sorry, for this recipe you will want to use block feta, crumble feta doesn’t quite whip up the same way. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. Wanting to make this weekend. Do I whip the olive mixture with the feta or just layer on top of the whipped feta? Can’t tell if it’s all combined. Thanks.

  36. I am really interested in trying this! When you say “whip up the feta,” you mean whip the feta, honey, cream cheese AND most of the roasted garlic mixture in the food processor, right? The picture shows lemon quarters, do you squeeze some lemon juice over the olives prior to roasting?

    1. Whip _only_ the feta, cream cheese, honey and some black pepper. That is the spread. Then top it with the roasted olive and garlic mixture, don’t whip that in.

    2. Hey Leslie,
      Just follow the instructions as is, you are not whipping the garlic mixture, just the ingredients listed under “honey whipped feta”. You will roast the lemons with the olives, no need to squeeze any of the juice over them. Please let me know if you have any questions! xTieghan

  37. Directions unclear. Olive oil is mentioned in the description but not mentioned in the recipe itself… no quantity given.

    1. Hey there,
      Just use a drizzle of olive oil, the measurement does not need to be exact. I hope you enjoy the recipe! xTieghan

  38. How much olive oil do you use for roasting the olives? Don’t see it mentioned in the ingredients. Love greek food so love this creative appetizer idea!!

    1. Hey Maggie,
      Just a drizzle of olive oil:) I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  39. Do you also blend the baked olives with the feta in the processor or only blend the cream cheese and feta and top it with the olives?

    1. Hey there,
      The olives are not getting blended, you want to follow the recipe as instructed:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      Sure, I think that would work well for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Ardina,
      You can click on any photo and the Pinterest “save” button will appear. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  40. Move over Ina! Everything I’ve made from your blog is delicious; everything!
    Making feta dip today for company tonight. Pictures are beautiful, directions are clear, and love the helpful tips. Can’t wait for your cookbook!