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Cucumber Crostini with Whipped Feta and Olives

Cucumber Crostini with Whipped Feta and Olives
Makes 24-36 “crostini”

Featuring a lighter, gluten-free cucumber base, we’ve embellished one of our favorites, whipped feta, with some chopped green olives and pimento. It’s a simple combination that is guaranteed to generate swoons. All of the key flavors originate in the Mediterranean, so it’s perhaps natural that they pair well with each other. Use thicker slices of cucumber, about 1/4-inch, to provide a sturdy base on the canapé tray. Substitute black olives, or capers if you like. Top the crostini with a sprig of dill and some chopped pimento.

8 oz. feta cheese
4 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. chopped green olives (with pimento)
3 medium cucumbers
Sprigs of fresh dill for garnishing
Chopped pimento for garnishing

(1) Crumble the feta cheese into the work bowl of a food processor. Add the cream, olive oil, and lemon juice, and pepper, and process until very smooth.

(2) Remove the mixture and place in a small bowl. Add the chopped green olives and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve; remove 30 minutes prior to assembling to soften.

(3) Trim the ends of the cucumbers, slice into rounds about 1/4-inch thick leaving the peel intact. Place in a single layer on a serving platter. Place a dollop of the whipped feta on each cucumber round. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill and few pieces of chopped pimento.

Do-Ahead Steps:
(1) Mix the whipped feta up to 2 days prior to serving.
(2) Wash and slice the cucumbers a few hours prior to serving. “Reassemble” the cucumber and wrap in plastic wrap until ready to assemble the “crostini.”


Feta in Food Processor

Whipped Feta

Chopped Olives

Mixed Whipped Feta

Slicing Cucumbers

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