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Whipped Feta and Tomato Toasts

Hello and welcome to Djalali Cooks. We are kicking this week off with a simple recipe for Whipped Feta and Tomato Toasts. Whipped feta is a great dip for veggies and crackers; it’s super simple and it makes a great spread for sandwiches, bagels and these tomato toasts. I made this for lunch and it was so good, I made another one for dinner. This is a quick and easy recipe, so let’s get right to it!

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The recipe makes about 1 cup of whipped feta so there’s plenty leftover if you’re making large toasts like this. This would also be great miniaturized on toasted baguette slices as appetizers.

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Whip it Good

To whip the feta, break up an 8 ounce block of feta into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the crumbled feta several times to create a chunky, thick paste.

Then add 3 ounces (about 6 tablespoons) of softened cream cheese. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

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Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Tomato Salad

I have about 2 cups of halved cherry and grape tomatoes. You can use your favorite type, I like the heirloom mix for color, flavor and texture variety. I have about 1/4 cup of roughly chopped green olives, 1 small minced shallot and I am adding about 1 tablespoon of Calabrian Chilis for a little fruity heat.

Mix all of this together with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of aged balsamic vinegar. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Let this hang out while we toast our bread.

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Time to Toast

I like to toast a thick slice of country Italian bread in the cast iron skillet with a heavy drizzle of olive oil. Let the pan get hot over high heat. Then drizzle in the olive oil and reduce the heat to medium-low and lay the slice of bread in the center of the pan. Let it go slow and low, flipping as needed to develop a golden brown toast with a firm, crisp exterior.

Building the Whipped Feta and Tomato Toasts

The only other thing is some fresh basil to garnish. Let’s build our toasts!

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Spread a good amount of the whipped feta on the toast. Then top with the tomato salad.

Drizzle a little olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with more black pepper and flaky finishing salt.

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Then, artfully arrange several fresh basil leaves on top and voilà Whipped Feta and Tomato Toasts!

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Slice in half and enjoy!

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You might decide to with a fork and knife for these Whipped Feta and Tomato Toasts, and I don’t blame you! That’s how I tucked into this gorgeous combination of creamy whipped feta; thick toasted bread; and juicy, sweet, tart tomato salad. No matter if this is lunch, dinner, appetizer or snack, this is a simple go-to recipe that will always be a winner. If you want something similar, but a little different, try my Tomato Confit Toast with Whipped Ricotta. Take care and be well! xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Whipped Feta and Tomato Toasts

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Dinner, Main Course, Appetizer, Lunch American
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: NA Total Time: ~15 Minutes

Whipped Feta and Tomato Toasts feature creamy whipped feta topped with a salad of tomatoes, olives and shallot on thick, toasted bread.

Ingredients

  • Whipped Feta
  • 8 oz. Feta Cheese
  • 3 oz (6 tbsp.) Cream Cheese, softened
  • Tomato Salad
  • 2 cups Cherry and/or Grape Tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 cup Roughly Chopped Green Olives
  • 1 small Shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Calabrian Chilis (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Toast
  • Bread of Choice, toasted
  • Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Flaky Finishing Salt
  • Several Fresh Basil Leaves

Instructions

Whipped Feta

1

To whip the feta, break up an 8 ounce block of feta into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the crumbled feta several times to create a chunky, thick paste.

2

Then add 3 ounces (about 6 tablespoons) of softened cream cheese. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

3

Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Tomato Salad

4

Mix the tomato salad ingredients together in a bowl, season with kosher salt and black pepper, set aside.

Toast

5

Let the pan get hot over high heat. Then drizzle in the olive oil and reduce the heat to medium-low and lay the slice of bread in the center of the pan. Let it go slow and low, flipping as needed to develop a golden brown toast with a firm, crisp exterior.

6

Spread a good amount of the whipped feta on the toast. Then top with the tomato salad.

7

Drizzle a little olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with more black pepper and flaky finishing salt.

8

Then, artfully arrange several fresh basil leaves on top.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Mari
    July 25, 2022 at 9:19 am

    A laugh is a good way to start a Monday morning, and especially one where ferocious storms are predicted again. Let me emphasize again. It bemuses me that when blizzards are predicted, we either never get them, or we get a light sprinkle of snow. Summer storms are entirely different, and we get torrents of rain. So I was pondering if I should start moving things to the freezer in case there’s another power outage, and then I started reading this. When I got to Whip It Good, I started laughing, remembering Devo and their flowerpots. Thank you for that. It helped me to put things in perspective. My tomato lust, which was almost under control, broke out anew with pictures of these beauties. Thank you for supper! This is perfect after yesterday. My son always orders iHOP Sunday morning and after breakfast, eating again may or may not happen. We actually did eat last night and had the bacon and corn pasta, that you posted. It was delicious, but I’m not planning on eating until tonight, so this recipe will be lovely, and visions of tomato and Feta will dance in my head. Forget visions of sugar plums, because it’s tomato time. This has been a summer of beautiful and wonderful recipes for foods in season, and I am so happy about that. I especially like summer eating because I can make lighter but still delicious fare, and no one complains. The one thing I heat most often after hot weather hits, is that no one wants anything heavy. I am happy to oblige. Have a wonderful week and keep your head down and your umbrella handy if your monsoon season keeps going this week. Merry mischievous Monday to Kelly, Alex, Terry, Beth, and the three mischief makers. Sophie, I have my eyes on you! 🌧☔️🐕❤️

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 25, 2022 at 11:20 am

      Hi Mari! I thought some folks would get a chuckle out the Devo reference, I am glad to give you a smile today! We are in that stretch of summer where there is consistently a 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon…we don’t always get them. But, we seem to never get them when I wish they would come and cool off the plants and trees. Ah well…I hope your storm isn’t destructive. Have a great Monday! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Sylvia Espinoza
    July 25, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Hello, Kelly. This is too pretty to eat! You’ve launched a new week with yet another great recipe idea. Perfect for 100-plus degree days rolling one after the other this long summer. Still enjoying every single post with great admiration for your creativity. Hugs!~

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 25, 2022 at 11:21 am

      Hi Sylvia! So nice to hear from you. I am glad you are well this summer, and hopefully staying cool! Have a great week, take care! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Sue Smith
    July 25, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I love a good simple meal and this totally fits the bill for some summer nights. The whipped feta looks yummy. I got some fresh corn on the cob and may fix that on the side. Thx for a good idea.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 26, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Hi Sue, Sounds like a great plan! It’s a great meal for a summer evening. I do hope you enjoy! Have a great day, xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Sally Burke
    July 27, 2022 at 3:37 am

    Oh my Kelly, no wonder you had it for lunch and dinner. Both ingredients together are soooo delicious, and with the accompanying ingredients, well how could you not find this meal a keeper. happy cooking 🧑‍🍳
    Sally 🤗

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      July 27, 2022 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Sally, This simple recipe is so perfect! It’s good to hear from you, take care! xo Kelly

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