Whipped Feta & Basil Olive Oil Crostini

Whipped Feta & Basil Olive Oil Crostini @themerrythoughtIf you haven’t noticed by now, I’m definitely a little on the cheesy side and can’t help but make some color coordinated foods for holidays! And being the good Irish girls we are – we won’t let St. Patrick’s Day go by without at least a couple “green” posts! 😉  If you’re looking to add a little green to your menu tomorrow – you must make this delicious appetizer! While it’s not Irish, it’s amazing taste will more than make up for that fact. I fell in love with whipped feta and basically want it all the time, with and on everything – and paired with this basil olive oil, it’s just soo good.Whipped Feta & Basil Olive Oil Crostini @themerrythoughtWhipped Feta & Basil Olive Oil Crostini @themerrythoughtWhipped Feta & Basil Olive Oil Crostini @themerrythoughtBasil Olive Oil

1 cup olive oil
1 1/4 cup basil leaves
1 small clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Blanch basil leaves for about 20 seconds. Drain and transfer basil to a bowl of ice water. Let sit for about a minute in the ice water, then drain and gently squeeze out extra water.

Place basil in food processor along with the garlic, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and salt & pepper. Pulse until well mixed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add remaining 3/4 cup olive oil and pulse until mixed.

Whipped Feta

6 oz crumbled feta
2 oz cream cheese, softened (I used Neufchatel)
3-4 teaspoons of olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

In a food processor, whip together feta, cream cheese, olive oil and salt & pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy (drizzle in more olive oil if you’d like a creamier consistency), about 3-5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

For the Crostini
baguette, sliced & toasted

Spread whipped feta on toasted baguette slices. Drizzle with basil olive oil. Feast!

Whipped Feta & Basil Olive Oil Crostini @themerrythoughtBasil Olive Oil @themerrythoughtHere’s a few more “green” recipes to get you ready for tomorrow: Irish Beer Cheese Fondue | Milk & Cereal Cookies | Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches | Clover Cubes | Homemade Shamrock Shakes

-Manda

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