Baked feta and chickpea parcel

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This is such a simple and effective way to cook chickpeas in the oven. Wrapped in paper with a block of feta and plenty of olive oil, they sizzle and soak up the flavours of the thyme, lemon zest and chilli. Unwrap the parcel at the table, serving it as part of a mezze spread or as a simple dinner with some flatbreads and a sharply dressed green salad.

First published in 2023






Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4


Lay a sheet of foil onto a work surface, then lay two sheets of greaseproof paper in a cross shape on top. Add the feta and scatter the chickpeas on top of the cheese and around it


Scatter over the lemon zest and spices, thyme and garlic, and cover everything in a good glug of olive oil. Season the chickpeas with some salt - not too much since the feta is already very salty


Wrap the foil up around the baking paper and seal the package tightly. Place the package onto a baking tray and transfer to the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the feta is soft and everything is piping hot

First published in 2023

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