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Spicy Feta Squares

These crunchy little snacks are packed with the rich and salty flavors of Greek feta cheese.

The squares can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Reheat in a 350°F (150°C) oven for about 10 minutes.

Freeze for up to 3 months

About75 squares

Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 minutes

Cooking Time25 min

Cooking Time - Text25

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together, game day

Recipe Coursehors d'oeuvre

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Mealdinner, snack

Taste and Texturecheesy, salty, sharp

Ingredients

  • 9 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the baking sheets
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 oz (250g) feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • Scant 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter 2 large baking sheets. Process the butter in a food processor until soft and smooth. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil. Add the feta cheese, milk, and baking powder and pulse 2 or 3 times until combined.

  2. Add half the flour and pulse until evenly blended. Add the remaining flour and pulse again. Turn out onto a clean work surface and knead briefly until the dough is smooth and soft. (If you do not have a food processor, beat the olive oil and milk into the butter with an electric hand mixer. Stir in the cheese, then work in the flour and baking powder with your hands.)

  3. Divide the mixture in half. Press each portion into a large square about 1/8 in (3mm) thick. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and cayenne pepper. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1in (2.5cm) squares. Transfer to the baking sheets, about ¾ in (20mm) apart.

  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Transfer the squares to a wire cake rack. Serve warm or let cool.

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