Feta, Greece’s most famous cheese, has become viral world-wide thanks to a feta pasta TikTok video, featuring an easy and tasty recipe of feta cheese with pasta.
The baked feta pasta was originally created by Finnish food blogger Jenni Häyrinen in 2019. After she shared the recipe on her blog it spiralled.
In September last year, she wrote: “The feta cheese sales went up 300 per cent, the shops were running out of baked feta pasta ingredients and by this date the original uunifetapasta [her original recipe] post has over 2.7 million views. Finland has 5.5 million inhabitants…”
Now the recipe is enjoying a resurgence as more people discover it. As with many internet successes, one video spawns another and now on TikTok the viewing numbers are in the millions.
Feta Pasta Tik Tok recipe
The recipe requires three fresh ingredients (tomatoes, a block of feta, fresh basil) and a few store cupboard ingredients (olive oil, seasoning, pasta, garlic) and is cooked in under half an hour.
Anyone can make this. The only skill here is boiling pasta.
It essentially requires you to put your cherry tomatoes (whole), garlic (with skin on) and block of feta all into a baking dish, coat in olive oil, season and add some oregano.
Put the dish in the oven for about half an hour at 200C, boil your pasta, and wait for your baked items to turn a golden brown.
Once you’ve removed them from the oven you’ll want to squeeze your garlic out of its skin.
Then, mix the ingredients together with your pasta in the hot dish and serve. You can add fresh basil at this stage.
History of feta
Cheese-making is an ancient practice in the Mediterranean, with the production of cheese from goat’s or sheep’s milk dating back to the 8th century BCE in Greece.
This history is accompanied by ancient myths about cheese production, including one in which Apollo’s son Aristaios, raised by nymphs, teaches mankind the art of preparing milk for cheese production.
A cheese resembling feta is mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. In the ancient work, the Cyclops Polyphemus is described as a shepherd who lives with a cave full of cheese and milk taken from his flock.
Feta, in the form we know it as today, was first mentioned during the Byzantine era.
Most often, is made from a mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk, but there are variations in production.
Any way it’s made, authentic feta is delicious.