What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Bright Ideas: Olives, Herbs, and Cheese Crumbles! I’m one of those people who are drawn to deli olive bars and gourmet cheese counters. And since they are usually located near the bakery department, picking up a freshly-baked baguette or artisan loaf is second nature as well. Because…sometimes you need an idea for a quick appetizer; thus, there is no shame in using the goodies you already have on hand. That’s when I pat myself on the back for thinking ahead.
OLIVES, HERBS, and CHEESE CRUMBLES
8-ounces deli olive combination, with herbs
6-ounces crumbled feta cheese, with Mediterranean herbs
1/4 cup olive oil
This works best in small batches. In a mini chopper, add a small portion of the deli olive combination. Pulse to get a course chop. Transfer olives to a medium-size bowl. Repeat until all the olives are roughly chopped. Fold in the crumbled feta cheese. Drizzle olive oil over top. Gently stir to blend well. Cover olive mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready, allow olive oil to come to room temperature before serving. Spoon olive mixture onto toasted artisan bread slices.