The past several weeks have been packed with shopping, cooking, cleaning, eating, and digesting. The last thing that you and I need is another night to stress about what to cook. Friends, I have you covered. Swap your fussy appetizer plans for Whipped Feta Crostini.

Whipped feta crostini on a slate serving board

Five family hooplas, 24 hours behind the wheel, and three skillion cookies later, Ben and I are back in Madison after celebrating Christmas with my family in Wichita, KS. This was our first holiday spent together and, with his dish-washing prowess and unabashed appetite, Ben rapidly endeared himself to his new in-laws.

Upon our return, we promptly dumped the contents of our suitcases into the laundry hamper, tossed the leftover pecan bars in the freezer (yes, I drove dessert from Kansas), and went out for a hearty dinner. When you’ve been eating over-the-top meals for six days in succession, what’s one more?

Speaking of one more, despite the indulgence of the past month, the festivities are not over yet. Our chain of winter holidays ends with a beginning: New Year’s 2013.

Erin and Ben Clarke in front of a Christmas tree

Whoa, 2012, where did you go?

Ben and Erin Clarke in a limo on their wedding day

At some point, I’ll make my resolutions, renewing my annual pledges to patience, to kindness, to quitting my cuticle-picking, and to consuming a teeny-tiny bit less refined sugar—except for rewarding myself with chocolate when I progress in my other resolutions, of course.

Today, however, is 2012, and I am taking it easy. Do the same.

Pieces of easy whipped feta crostini

About This Delicious Feta Crostini

Whipped feta crostini is your New Year’s Eve BFF. A delightful combination of crispy French bread and creamy feta cheese, whipped feta crostini takes literally five minutes to prepare and is endlessly adaptable.

The saltiness of the whipped feta tastes fabulous against the olive oil-brushed and toasted baguette pieces. Spread it and stop. Your guests will love whipped feta crostini and, more importantly, you as is.

Toasted baguette slices

But perhaps you want love AND undying affection. Perhaps you want a sneaky way to make one appetizer look like six different appetizers. Whipped feta crostini is your answer to both.

Pieces of baguette with whipped feta spread over the top

Tips for the Perfect Party Platter

To create a star party platter, begin with the base recipe for whipped feta crostini, then top with:

  • Smoked Salmon and dill
  • Chopped cherry tomato and basil
  • Sliced Granny Smith apple and honey
  • Roasted red pepper and Kalamata olives
  • Diced bacon and red onion
  • Hot pepper jelly (available at any grocery store—I love spicy raspberry)

Ta-dah! One recipe, six distinct hors d’oeuvres. Now give yourself a high five and pour another glass of champagne. You’ve earned it.

Feta cheese crumbles

More Simple Appetizers for Parties

Whipped feta spread over slices of baguette

Wishing you all a peaceful end to 2012, a bubbly beginning to 2013, and an extra serving of whipped feta crostini. Let’s celebrate!

 

Easy whipped feta crostini with tomato, salmon, and apple toppings

Whipped Feta Crostini

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This versatile appetizer is a hero to any hostess. Creamy feta spread over garlic toasted baguette pieces will wow your guests and needs only 5 minutes to prepare. The basic recipe below is fantastic as is, but feel free to add more toppings to suit your needs and tastes. A few suggestions: Smoked salmon and dill; chopped cherry tomato and basil; sliced Granny Smith apple and honey; roasted red pepper and Kalamata olives; diced bacon and red onion; hot pepper jelly (available at any grocery store—try a spicy raspberry.)

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins

Servings: 20 - 25 pieces

Ingredients
  

  • French baguette cut into 1/2 inch diagonal slices (20-25 slices total)
  • 6 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons milk or cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)

Instructions
 

  • Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, whip feta for 30 seconds. Add milk or cream and black pepper. Whip again until creamy and fully combined, about 1 minute.
  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil and minced garlic. Brush onto each side of bread slices, then place the slices onto the heated skillet, toasting until golden brown, about two minutes (watch carefully—every skillet and stove is different). Flip bread and toast the other side.
  • Spread the whipped feta mixture onto one side of the toasted bread. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Make Ahead Tip: The whipped feta topping can be prepared a day in advance. Refrigerate in a tightly sealed container, then toast and top baguette pieces just before guests arrive.

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  1. genius…our family loves feta and bread! We had two types of this over Christmas…glad you guys had safe travels…Have a happy new year!

    1. Oooooh, I want to try your family’s version! I’m sure it’s fantastic. A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you Angela. Hope you have a little time to celebrate! It’s been great “meeting” you :-)

    1. Thanks so much! My little sis gets full photo credits on the pic. Hope you enjoy the feta and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  2. This sounds amazing! I adore feta cheese, but I don’t think I’ve ever had it any way but on a salad! That clearly needs to change :)

    1. Really, you can’t go wrong putting feta on pretty much anything! Thanks Maggie. Wishing you a very happy new year!

  3. What an awesome idea, Erin! What gorgeous photos of you and Ben; such a cute couple! Happy New Year!! (sorry it’s a bit late, just catching up on my reader :) )