Mediterranean Beetroot and Feta Frying Pan Bake

By Ali Maffucci From the book Inspiralized
Mediterranean Beetroot and Feta Frying Pan Bake

When Lu and I went on our first vacation together to Greece, everywhere we stopped we ordered a Greek salad and a regional beer. We quickly learned that the American version of this vegetarian salad was different from the real thing, which is lettuce-free and has predominantly thick-cut tomatoes with large chunks of feta. Here, I use the tradition salad mix for a hot dish. The combination of olives, onions and fresh tomatoes is heavenly - the beetroot noodles only enhance all that flavour!

For how many? Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 85g yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 85g red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus 1 tsp for garnish
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 60g pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small beetroots, peeled, spiralized with blade C
  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled, spiralized with blade C
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (225g) block of feta or halloumi cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the cheese and the parsley for garnish.

2. Place the block of feta or halloumi in the centre of a large ovenproof frying pan. Top and surround it with the beetroot noodle mixture. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 20 minutes or until the beetroot noodles wilt. Serve hot, harnished with the remaining parsley.

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