Saturday, November 7, 2009

Feta-Walnut Spread Recipe

feta walnut spread















I make this feta-walnut spread regularly. Inspired by a popular Turkish appetizer, I have modified my version from the recipes I have seen, and it only contains, feta, walnuts, olive oil, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, protect your heart from atherosclerosis, may help lower cholesterol, and have also been found to help prevent gall stones. I add nearly equal parts walnuts to feta in order to maximize these benefits, and usually seek out a more richly flavored sheep’s milk feta, too, which is generally easier to digest than cows’ milk.

I like this spread on toast in the mornings, or on a sandwich for lunch with some tomatoes and sprouts, or as an hors d’oeuvre at a party with some crackers. It is so simple to make, and surprisingly flavorful; guests at my house who have eaten this are usually baffled by what’s in it, and invariably ask for the recipe. Now, they have it, and you do, too.

Feta-Walnut Spread Recipe


2 cups walnuts
1 pound feta , crumbled (Bulgarian feta, or Turkish feta, either cows' milk or sheep’s milk; Greek feta is usually too mild for me, but some people might prefer it)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons paprika
cayenne pepper, to taste

In a food processor, grind the walnuts until they are in very small pieces. Add the crumbled feta and the olive oil to the bowl of the processor and mix until a smooth paste forms. If it is too thick, add the water now, slowly, through the feed tube, until a smooth paste forms. The spread shouldn’t be too thick, nor too thin, so add the water slowly. You may need more than 1/4 cup. Add the paprika, and the cayenne pepper. Mix well.

Spoon the spread out into a serving bowl and top with a drizzle of olive oil and some paprika. Serve with crackers or toasted pita bread wedges.

Similar recipes from A Hungry Bear Won't Dance: Hummus Recipe, Almond and Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto, Fresh Ricotta and Mint Recipe: a Spread with Purple Garlic and Olive Oil

43 comments:

Velva said...

This walnut spread looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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story_weaver said...

Congrats on being a Blog of Note!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on the Blog of Note! :)

This makes me hungry. :)

Banco de Imágenes Gratuitas said...

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-Jose.

omchelsea said...

I'm here via blog of note too, but I'll be back! Actually, I'm eyeing up your Hoppin' John for dinner tonight!

NLC said...

that seems really good..thanks for sharing ill try this tomorrow morning first thing!
by the way are u turkish? cause i saw ur name "Banu" its turkish name right

PinkPanthress said...

Yum... I love turkish cheese.
And besides being helal, your receipe is also vegetarian friendly! :)
Mükemmel!

FairiesNest said...

That sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

ghstahl said...

I can't wait to try this

atypicalheroine said...

The sacred culinary trifecta — creating dishes that are tasty, healthy, and economical — can be a hard thing to attain.

I'm delighted to have found your blog, and am eager for more!

'Drea said...

Dang,

I wanna come over to your house to eat.

Yes, that did happen. said...

looks amazing! that picture alone is making me hungry. can't wait to try making my own.

JBUDD NEWS said...

looks divine. have you ever tried making filipino food? look up ADOBO. it's the best!
JBUDD NEWS

Camipants said...

OMG you are my inspiration!

Francesca da Rimini said...

Yum! I'll have to try some of these recipes. I love your approach to food, and the photos are beautiful too. Thanks!

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Amanda's Still a Kid said...

Yeah, this does sound super tasty, I'll give it a shot! Thanks!

Anshika said...

Loved the spread. Can use it on many of the breads for a quick breakfast or snack.

kawayan said...

This walnut looks delicious to me. thanks for sharing.
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Absolutely Not Martha said...

congrats on Blog of Note! just letting you know i shared this recipe with my readers. :)

tomb said...

Congrats for Blog of Note and love for slow food!!!

Josie the super mom said...

wow this looks awesome

A Good Moroccan said...

That looks delicious !

andrea said...

I haven't met a walnut I didn't like....

Jane said...

Looks delicious, great recipes you have here Banu-thanks for sharing:)

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The villager: said...

Yummy !

blessingsgoddess said...

Super food.

Skuyale said...

hmmmmmmm =))

looks yummy!! %))

joehebden said...

I'm feeling really hungry.

Montag said...

Something for Christmas, another for Hanuka, and a desert for Kwanzaa, please.

piotrowski said...

great!

Murphyfish said...

Hi Banu,

Just came across your blog via ‘blogs of note’ and what a great blog it is. The title caught my eye as my beloved Clare often refers to me as the ‘hungry bear’ (oh and I’ve also got 2 left feet so this bear don’t dance), but once I opened your blog up I was in seventh heaven. Just love your ideas and recipes so if you don’t mind I’ll tag along and follow for a while.

Best regards,

John

Anonymous said...

hi
did you really made it all yourself or you got the picture from somewhere?it's awesome and it really make hungry.just wish my mom could make a food like that!!!!

shamoood said...

Congratulation! Being a "Blog of Note".

A nice and worth-following blog for the one who loves to eat and enjoy.

take care

Chef E said...

I am diggin that recipe! I also like the one below, hoppin john's! I look forward to following you!

Banu said...

Thanks, everyone, I'm so glad you're around. And, to *anonymous*, yes, I made this myself with my very own hands,like everything here. I cook the food, style it, photograph it and write about it. Who knew starting a food blog would teach me about so many things, and introduce me to so many interesting people. I'm happy you're reading.

Heather said...

http://recipesveg.blogspot.com/
for more vegetarian/vegan recipes!!!

Melanie's Randomness said...

that looks just soo yummy!!!

J-Diggety said...

I love feta. LOVE. And so does my BF, being from Greece and all... I think I need to make this spread for us very soon indeed... :)

Skippie said...

Hi Banu!
I found your site and this recipe through a search for walnut-feta spread because I'd been craving an appetizer from a specific restaurant that *I* love, but my husband hates (and my friends aren't keen either...sigh!). I toasted the walnuts first, just so that my kitchen would smell nice, but in my efforts to "be fancy", I picked up "goat feta" (when your recipe specifically says, "cow or sheep"!!). Happily, it tastes absolutely wonderful and is fulfilling my craving beautifully. I am thrilled to find your blog...as a stage performer myself (children's theater actor), I'm pretty particular about healthy ingredients -- your site is brilliant all around. :-) Cheers~~

Chloe said...

Found your recipe earlier today and just whipped it up in 5 minutes flat. Delicious. About to enjoy with some rye crackers. Thank you!

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