Monday, 21 March 2011

Feta Walnut Pâté

How can you go wrong with nuts and cheese?

This is a simple and delicious vegetarian pâté that you can make ahead of time, featuring California Walnuts.
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Feta Walnut Pâté
adapted from Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen

1 cup feta cheese, loosely crumbled
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp milk
1 cup chopped California Walnuts, lightly toasted
Dash of cayenne
1 tsp paprika

If you would like your feta less salty, you can soak it in water for an hour and drain well before combining.

In a food processor, whiz together all the ingredients until you have a nicely textured paste. Mound into a small terrine and chill. Garnish with walnut halves.

Can be used as a spread for crackers or vegetarian crostini, but I like it best in celery - it adds a nice, fresh crunch.