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Several crostini on a table lined with white butcher paper.

Pea and Mint Crostini with Garlic Whipped Feta

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 as an appetizer 1x

Description

An easy crostini recipe with peas, mint, and garlic whipped feta cheese.


Ingredients

Scale

FOR THE FETA:

  • 8 oz. feta cheese
  • 2 oz. whipped cream cheese
  • 2 small cloves garlic, peeled
  • salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE CROSTINI:

  • 1 french baguette, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

FOR THE PEAS:

  • 1 cup peas (previously frozen is fine – just defrost the peas before using!)
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh mint
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

FOR THE FETA:

  1. Crumble feta into a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  2. Add cream cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper, and pulse a few times. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary, then puree for a good minute or two until you have a smooth, creamy mixture. Set aside.

FOR THE CROSTINI:

  1. Place baguette slices on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees F for 5-7 minutes until bread is toasty and lightly browned. Set aside.

FOR THE PEAS:

  1. Toss all ingredients together in a medium bowl. You can do this ahead of time and keep the pea mixture in the fridge until you’re ready to use it (this will also let the flavors meld a bit!)

TO ASSEMBLE:

  1. Spread whipped feta on toasted baguette slices (I use about one teaspoon per crostini). I like to use a spoon to spread the cheese around, and then make a dent in the cheese on the center of the crostini so that the peas have a little nest to sit in (and don’t roll all over the place).
  2. Top each crostini with a spoonful of the pea mixture, arrange on a plate, and serve immediately.

Notes

This was super garlicky (in an awesome, awesome way) – but if you’re not big on garlic, cut it down to one clove or omit the garlic altogether. You could also substitute roasted garlic for a more mellow flavor.

Dress up these crostini however you like – add a drizzle of good olive oil, honey, or balsamic reduction, toss some diced red onions in with the pea mixture, finish them off with some lemon zest, or swap the mint for basil to give it a different twist.

This feta would also be great with some herbs mixed in – throw in basil, thyme, or whatever you have on hand!

PS, you could also totally toast the bread on the grill if you like.