Monday, December 8, 2014

Feta Olive Pesto Spread

We're about to embark on that time of year when snowflakes fall on nose and eyelashes, bells jingle, and family and friends come home for the holidays! All of this means more parties, get togethers and nights filled with the angst of trying to decide what to feed all of these people!

This spreadable feta-olive pesto spread is perfect - if you take some shortcuts, it's super easy and fast to put together and if you take the long way it's still not that hard. It will definitely impress your guests if you serve it like we did - in individual serving cups (sake cups) with little bread sticks!

I use Macedonian feta - it is soft, creamy and mild tasting.When I'm not interested in making it from scratch, I head to my local Greek grocery store and buy some of their delicious olive pesto. I only need about 2 tablespoons of olive pesto per cup of feta. I throw the pesto and feta in a food processor and pulse until it comes together. If you don't like olives you could add traditional pesto instead. A mild goat cheese would work too!

If you want to make it from scratch, you can make the pesto ahead of time. It's also good on pasta!

Olive Pesto


1 tbsp sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
1/2 c kalamata olives, no pits


  1. Add tomatoes, cheese, garlic and pine nuts to food processor. Pulse until combined but chunky.
  2. Add olives and olive oil.
  3. Pulse until combined. You want it to have texture - that is, not too smooth.


Feta-olive pesto spread


1 c Macedonian feta
2 tbsp olive pesto


Combine and pulse feta and pesto until combined.


  1. Sounds wonderful. I would adore this spread. Catherine

  2. that is all the things I love in the world right there: feta, olives, parmesan and pine nuts

  3. Sounds delish ...perfect for entertaining!

  4. Cute presentation! The pesto sounds delicious.

  5. This would be such a great appy for a New Years eve gathering!! Sounds delicious!