Feta Crostini in the Persian Manner

Feta Crostini

I remember seeing a fabulous recipe in one of my cookery books – it was a puff pastry roll stuffed with mashed potato and gorgonzola. I know, ‘carb on carb’ sounds strange (and naughty), right? Well, it’s just the sort of thing I love. I wanted to prepare this at home as a first course. It would be lovely with a Chablis. Of course, when the time came to prepare it, I could not find the book – was the recipe from my beloved, yellow-paged, slightly tattered New York Times cookery book? I had picked it up near our library at home in DC for $2. Alas, I simply could not find this recipe; I doubt it was from this book.

And that’s how these crostini were born. I had some gorgeous vermillion-hued saffron-specked honey which I had made earlier that morning, as well as walnut paste (I love to mix a teaspoon of it into my strained yoghurt with a slow drizzle of maple syrup in the mornings). I sliced pieces of whole wheat baguette, brushed them with olive oil and under the broiler they went for 30 seconds. After the crostini became golden around the edges, I took them out and slathered on some soft and creamy Persian feta, added the walnut paste and scattered a few pistachio slivers over it. Then, finally, I dotted it with saffron-honey. The musky aroma of the saffron and the sweetness of the honey paired so beautifully well with the feta.

What did you create this weekend?




  1. I had some barley risotto with feta crumbled on top, and now have loads of feta leftover! This post has inspired me 🙂

  2. Hum ! I dade bidad !!!

  3. mehrunnisa says:

    s, this is such a beautiful combination. the honey is like a deep amber. i should try and infuse some for myself at home. how do you make your walnut paste? just by blitzing toasting walnuts to make butter? last night i made mezze bowls of borani spinach with honey toasted walnuts and beets. i sprinkled it with dried mint as you wrote in your earlier post and finished it with a generous amount of olive oil.

    o and i are leaving for mykonos and athens on wednesday so i am in the process of clearing the fridge. looks like it with a herb and cheese omelette tonight.

  4. I could live simply on food like this!

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  6. This looks so amazing and delicious.I make this their taste so yummy.Thanks for the recipe.Muslims people make many dishes in religious event Eid ul Azha (Bakra Eid ).I will collect special recipes for them from many of them present here.Sharing a link with you of all dishes of Bakra Eid : ( https://www.sooperchef.pk/eid-ul-adha-recipes/ ).

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