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.)
French baguette— cut into 1/2 inch diagonal slices (20-25 slices total)
1 1/4teaspoonsmilk— or cream
1/4teaspoonground black pepper
1teaspoonminced garlic— (about 2 cloves)
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.
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.