Cherry Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

Cherry Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

Let me set the scene. It’s Friday night and do you know what I’m making? Short ribs that braised slowly in the oven for hours and hours, perfuming the entire house with the scent of cold weather comfort food. Do you want to know what I made for dinner tonight, just two days later? Cherry Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta, the spokes-meal for spring. Do you want to know why? I think you know why. It went from like 36 to 75 degrees in less than 12 hours. I’m getting whiplash from this crazy weather.

Cherry Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

One of my favorite things about spring is when those beautiful, colorful cherry tomatoes start popping up at the market. I nearly reenacted the When Harry Met Sally dinner scene when I saw heirloom tomatoes for the first time this year at the grocery store. Yes, oh yes. Toasted bread slices are topped with creamy whipped feta cheese, big cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil. These crostini make a great, simple appetizer, but I love to enjoy them for dinner with a simple salad. Hello spring!

Cherry Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta
 
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Toasted bread slices topped with smooth whipped feta cheese and marinated cherry tomatoes.
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Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 French baguette, sliced ½-inch thick
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the bread slices on a large rimmed baking sheet and brush the tops with ¼ cup of olive oil. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly toasted.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the feta, cream cheese, remaining ¼ cup of olive oil, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  3. Stir together the tomatoes, shallots, garlic, and vinegar in a medium bowl to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. To assemble, spread the whipped feta over each toasted bread slice. Spoon the tomatoes over the crostini and sprinkle the basil over the top.
Notes
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Ahhhh yes, spring is upon us! I can’t wait until this weather evens out. I have Fibromyalgia and the crazy weather we’re having here in Omaha, NE is really taking a toll on my muscle pain. Yikers.

    Anywho, I’m loving the whipped cheese. Thanks for sharing this recipe… I’m always getting great ideas from your blog! :)

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  1. [...] I got the WRONG bread again. I like the little sourdough baguettes but of course the store only had the baby French baguettes. Oh well, it served its purpose…        Smother those pieces of bread with olive oil — the more the better! Yum! Heat in the oven for about five minutes or until it reaches the crispness you like…       The non-measured amounts of olive oil, sour cream and bleu cheese. Whip the shit out of that sucker…       I cut up an entire package of baby tomatoes and drenched them in red wine vinegar and minced garlic…        The final product. So flippin’ delicious. I even used that bleu cheese spread on my burger and sandwiches! (These would’ve looked so pretty with a bit of basil no top – but apparently you can’t buy basil in the Central Valley)     For the actual recipe I used as a reference go here:  http://www.mydailymorsel.com/2013/03/03/cherry-tomato-crostini-with-whipped-feta/ [...]

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