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Our Guide to Feta Cheese: How to Use All the Different Kinds

The four most popular varieties of feta and the most delicious ways to serve them.

Feta is one of the oldest varieties of cheese, first produced in Greece from sheep’s milk. But today you’ll find feta-style cheeses made all around the world, from any combination of sheep’s, goat’s, or cow’s milk. The country of origin, the milk used, and how the cheese is produced impact the flavor and texture, which can range from briny to mild and extremely creamy to crumbly and dry. Whichever kind you go with, look for feta sold in a block submerged in brine, which is generally highest-quality.

 

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Greek

It tends to have the strongest flavor and is used in dishes like spanakopita, but is also tasty crumbled into small pieces to toss over pastas or salads.

 

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Bulgarian

Generally firm and salty, it’s great broiled or sliced and served on its own, with extra-virgin olive oil and freshly cracked black pepper.

 

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French

It’s mild and creamy -- perfect for spreading over crostini or toast.

 

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North American

These varieties, which tend to be drier, work well in large chunks as part of a cheese plate.

 

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