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I love appetizers that can be made ahead and just pulled out as the company arrives. This simple recipe makes 4-6 servings depending on appetites!Appetizers

Ingredients:

1 (7-8 oz) package of feta cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp minced shallot
½ tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 pound of large cherry tomatoes
12 pitted Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise.

Toss the cubed Feta, oil, shallot and oregano in a small bowl.

Cut 12 tomatoes in half crosswise. Scoop out the tomato pulp. Place tomatoes; cut side up on your serving platter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stuff hollowed cherry tomatoes with marinated Feta. Slide an olive half alongside the cheese. Drizzle with additional olive oil. Do ahead, cover and let chill.

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta

My sister-in-law is an amazing woman. Not only is she a successful business woman but she is a fabulous cook. Many of her recipes have become favorites of ours including her recipe for Cheese Toast.

Thankfully the recipe only makes 12 pieces, although you could double it for larger crowds. It is so delicious you might be tempted to eat more than you should!

Bread for Cheese Toast.

Bread for Cheese Toast.

Cheese Toast

½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ cup olive oil
1 loaf of olive bread (approx. 5×11), cut lengthwise into ¼” slices (other types of bread work well too)
4 oz of Parmesan or Gruyere Cheese, grated (1 cup)

Heat your oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper and cooling racks.

Stir thyme and cayenne pepper into the olive oil. Place bread on the racks in one layer. Brush with oil.

Brush bread with oil mixture.

Brush bread with oil mixture.

Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the bread.

Sprinkle bread with cheese.

Sprinkle bread with cheese.

Bake until golden and crunchy about 25-30 minutes. Cool on the racks.

Cheese Toast

Cheese Toast

Store in airtight containers for up to one week. Believe me it won’t last that long, it will be consumed long before the week is up!

Store in an airtight container.

Store in an airtight container.

This would be a perfect appetizer to enjoy over the holidays.

 

There are many variations of the hot artichoke dip, but this one is my favorite. It is easy to mix up; you can mix it up ahead of time and then pop it into the oven just before your company arrives. Every time I have made this dip it’s been a big hit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Hot Feta Artichoke Dip

14oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
8oz Feta cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
½ cup Parmesan cheese
2 oz diced pimentos, drained (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
Garnish with chopped tomatoes and sliced scallions (optional)

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Hot Feta Artichoke Dip

Mix all ingredients, spoon into a 9” pie plate of a three-cup shallow baking dish.

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Ready for the oven.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and sliced scallions. Serve with assorted crackers or pita triangles. Delicious!

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Serve with crackers.

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