Real Greek Feta, and why it matters!

  our baked feta

our baked feta

An ode to one of the most decadent and delicious items on our menu: our feta, wrapped in filo dough and baked until it is crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds. It’s sweet and indulgent enough to pass as a dessert, but still savory enough to enjoy along with the rest of your meal.

 

Our mouths are watering too.

How is it, though, that such a simple dish can be so incredibly good? Of course there are many answers to that question - Greek thyme honey is to die for, we handle all of our food with the utmost love and care … but really, let’s talk about the feta. Our feta is as authentic as it gets, made in and imported directly from Greece, carrying with it a history as rich as the cheese itself.

The origins of feta are so deeply rooted in Greek culture that even the word “feta” (first introduced to the Greek language all the way back in the 1600’s!) now has a protected designation of origin within the European Union. Whereas feta used to be watered down with cow’s milk in other countries, to truly be called “feta” in Europe it now has to be made from a blend of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and it absolutely has got to be made in Greece. The unique biodiversity of the lower Balkan peninsula coupled with the creaminess of the dairy used and the traditional, months-long brining process result in the incredibly flavorful and aromatic cheese that is adored by so many across the continent and the world -- and now by you, at the Naughty Greek in St. Paul! The feta we import respects the protected designation of origin as it’s defined in Europe - it’s made from a blend of 30% goat’s milk and 70% sheep’s milk and manufactured by a company that’s been making cheese in Greece for over fifty years.

There are so many ways we can help you fulfill your feta craving! Obviously, we love to tuck into our baked feta - but you can also dive into our spanakopita to find delicious crumbled feta bundled inside, dip into a spicy, cheesy spread (so devilishly good it has to be called sassy), or just enjoy a simple and fresh TNG Greek salad, with a rich slab of feta on top.

  cracking into the baked feta

cracking into the baked feta