My Charred Peppers with Marinated Feta and Tzatziki are a great easy appetizer for outside summer entertaining. Cute little baby bell peppers thrown on the grill and until cooked charred, then tossed with garlic herb marinated feta cheese. Serve the peppers and cheese alongside creamy tzatziki sauce with soft pita or grilled bread. Enjoy warm or cold, this appetizer is delicious any way you serve it.
Even though I’ve been excited to share this recipe for weeks, I held onto it for as long as possible. But now that it’s officially summer, and the 4th is less than 2 weeks out, the time has come to share this recipe!
I’m sure it comes to no one’s surprise, but we love bell peppers over here. Growing up my dad would top his pasta dishes and pizzas with slices of bell peppers – I just LOVED them. So much so that often times I would eat all the roasted bell peppers off the top of my dad’s pasta dish before anyone else could even have a chance at them.
And then of course there’s Creighton, who’s equally obsessed (if not more so) with peppers. See, there was a reason I had to get to my dad’s dishes before the rest of my siblings! Anyway, it’s safe to say that this family really loves their roasted peppers.
So obviously, when I was thinking of ideas for summer recipes, these peppers were one of the first to come to mind. We’ve also been loving Tzatziki. Naturally, I thought grilled peppers would be delicious with Tzatziki drizzled on top.
And then I thought, well I’m sure peppers + Tzatziki are great. But I could probably make the dish just that much more exciting and delicious with the addition of feta cheese.
And then this easy app was created. I’ve made it for the family multiple times now and it’s safe to say that it’s sure to become a summertime staple.
Here are the quick details
Make the marinated feta first, since it needs time to sit. This is a simple mix of cubes of feta cheese, garlic, lemon, and herbs. I also add honey for a subtle sweetness and then pour over plenty of high-quality olive oil.
Allow the cheese to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to an hour, or keep it in the fridge for longer. So simple, so easy, but it truly elevates the feta and gives it a whole new layer of flavor.
Marinating the cheese in herbs and oil allows the cheese to become infused with delicious summer flavors.
Now the peppers. Make these while the feta is marinating. You’ll want to use baby bell peppers for this recipe. They’re just perfect for grilling and enjoying as an appetizer or side dish. Toss them simply with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper.
And for serving, I love to make fresh naan or tortillas, but you could also grill up some ciabatta bread too.
Put it all together
Once the peppers have been grilled and have a nice char, arrange them on a big serving plate. Then spoon the feta and oil left in the jar over the peppers while they’re still warm. Adding the feta while the peppers are warm will help the peppers better soak up the deliciousness of the cheese/marinating oil.
I serve the tzatziki sauce dolloped onto each pepper. Then use the naan, grilled bread, or pita for scooping everything up.
So many wonderful summer flavors and such a simple dish. This is one of those appetizers that I call a “one and done”. Make one appetizer and call it a day. This dish excites everyone with an array of vegetables, cheese, sauce, and bread. It hits all of the appetizer elements, eliminating the need for anything else!
So it’s a one-and-done and totally delicious!
Looking for other summery appetizer recipes? Here are some favorites:
Crumbled Feta and Tomato Basil Vinaigrette Dip
Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives
Strawberry Watermelon Salad with Burrata
Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey
Antipasto Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
Marinated Goat Cheese Strawberry Crostini
Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie with Thyme Butter Roasted Plums
Peach Brie Pastry Tarts with Peppered Rosemary Honey
Lastly, if you make these Charred Peppers with Marinated Feta and Tzatziki, 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!
Charred Peppers with Marinated Feta and Tzatziki
Calories Per Serving: 300 kcal
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1. To make the feta. Arrange the feta, garlic, lemon rind, herbs, black pepper, and chili flakes in a square baking dish or large glass jar. Drizzle over the honey, then pour over the olive oil. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or refrigerate for up to 1 week. 2. To make the peppers. Preheat the grill or grill pan to high. 3. In a large bowl, toss the peppers with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Grill the peppers until softened and charred, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and arrange on a serving plate.4. Spoon over the feta and oil. Let everything sit 5 minutes. Serve with lots of Tzakiki and grilled bread, pita, or naan.