CHEESY from page 97
MARINATED FETA WITH
OLIVES AND HERBS
A great appetizer served with crack-
ers or French bread, or as a topping
for your favorite salad.
12 ounces Feta cheese, cut into
1/2 cup good-quality dry cured
olives, or other olives
3/4 cup olive oil
2 t. fresh minced garlic
1 T. dried parsley flakes
1 t. dried red pepper flakes
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. ground black pepper
1/2 t. whole cumin seeds
Place Feta cubes in a small bowl.
Combine the remaining ingredi-
ents and whisk well. Pour this mix-
ture over the cheese and toss well.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill
overnight (may be made up to two
Before serving, toss again.
Transfer the cheese to a serving dish
and drizzle the oil mixture over.
Makes 8 10 servings.
TOMATO AND CHEVRE SALAD
2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned
is fine), drained
1 cup diced, seeded, unpeeled
1 cup halved grape or cherry
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped purple or
1/2 cup crumbled Chevre or other
soft goat cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
2 T. chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a
large bowl and toss well. Cover with
plastic wrap and chill until ready to
serve, up to one day ahead.
Makes 8 10 servings.
GRILLED THREE CHEESE,
Here's a great last-minute meal.
4 small whole-wheat pita pocket
4 thin slices Swiss cheese
4 thin slices Monterrey Jack
4 T. crumbled Feta cheese
1 roasted red bell pepper (jarred
is fine), thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumbers
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
Olive oil for brushing on pita
Cut the top inch off the pita
breads. Lay one slice each of the
Swiss and Monterrey Jack cheeses in
each of the pita pockets. Sprinkle
the Feta cheese over the other
cheese slices. Divide the roasted
pepper and onion among the pita
Heat a skillet or grill over medi-
um-high heat until hot. Brush the
pita pockets with olive oil and
"grill" them in the skillet or on the
grill grate until lightly colored.
Turn over and grill the other side. If
the cheese is not completely melted,
microwave for 15 seconds.
Pry open the pockets slightly and
insert the cucumber slices. Stuff a
quarter of the sprouts in the top of
the sandwich. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
TUNA, GOAT CHEESE AND
2 cans (6 1/2-ounces each) white
tuna in water, drained
1 T. drained capers
1 t. fresh minced garlic
1/2 cup Chevre or other goat
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 T. dried parsley flakes
1 cup drained marinated arti-
choke hearts, cut into small
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan
Fresh dill, garnish
30 thin slices French-bread
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine
the tuna, capers, garlic, Chevre,
cream cheese and parsley flakes in a
medium bowl and beat or mix until
Spoon two teaspoons of the mix-
ture over the bread, spreading it
slightly with the back of the spoon
over the bread rounds (do not
spread thin, the topping should
have a little height). Press a few
pieces of the cut artichokes into
each mound of topping.
Arrange the topped breads in a
single layer on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle the salt, pepper and
Parmesan cheese over the breads.
Bake for 10 minutes, uncovered,
until the cheese is melted. Serve
Makes 10 12 appetizer servings.
Chewy brownies with a layer of
cheesecake filling on top. Make
these the day before you serve
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
8 oz. (1 package) cream cheese,
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
2 T. flour
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a
9x13-inch baking pan well with
nonstick cooking spray.
Make the brownies: In a
microwave safe bowl, combine the
chocolate chips and butter. Cook,
uncovered, on high for 2 minutes.
Stir the mixture until the choco-
late melts into the butter and the
mixture is smooth. Stir in the sugar
until combined. Stir in the eggs,
one at a time, until incorporated.
Stir in the vanilla and salt. Finally,
stir in the flour until incorporated.
Spread this mixture in the pre-
pared pan. Do not bake.
Make the topping: Place cream
cheese and sugar in a medium bowl
and beat with an electric mixer
until smooth. Alternately, you may
process this mixture in the bowl of
a food processor. Beat or process in
the egg, vanilla and flour until
Randomly spoon small amounts
of the cheesecake topping over the
brownie layer. Spoon small amounts
of the seedless jam in other spaces
over the brownie layer. Use a tooth-
pick or thin knife to swirl the
cheesecake and raspberry jam over
Bake the brownies for 30-35
minutes, until the cheesecake layer
is lightly colored. Remove from the
oven and cover in plastic wrap.
Chill for at least 8 hours.
Carefully cut brownies into
squares, the size you desire. Serve at
Makes 20 24 servings. ri
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