The man has will power. He does so well with his weight. I wish that trait passed on to me by osmosis. Or something that doesn’t involve dieting and exercise (aka work). But he does have a weakness for desserts, nuts and cheeses.
Ta – dah! This Feta With Peppered Honey and Toasted Almonds works perfectly to satisfy his cravings (and mine), and it borders on healthy when served alongside fresh, locally grown summer fruits. I think peaches , such as those we get from our Arkansas Grown friends at Peach Pickin’ Paradise (Twitter) in Clarksville or Barnhill Orchards in Lonoke, are perfect but you can use whatever fruit you like. I usually use slivered almonds, but here again, you can use toasted walnuts or pecans if that’s what you have and what you prefer. I prefer the honey I get from P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm hives. If you’re lucky enough to have your own hives, or have a neighbor who does, then definitely use that.
Don’t limit yourself to feta for this dish either. Goat cheese or homemade ricotta (check that out next week on Dining With Debbie) work very well. I like feta because of its sharpness which contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the honey. And you just won’t believe what the cracked pepper does until you give it a try! Not a pepper fan? Leave it off. There’s nothing hard and fast about the cheese plate — always suit the tastes of yourself and your family. Be brave. Experiment. Some of my best dishes, okay and some of my worst, have been through experimentation.
If you have edible flowers available, such as nasturtiums, use those as garnish. The peppery flavor of the nasturtiums goes quite nicely with this dish. Or, garnish with basil or mint for a different palate pleaser.
Summer is all about relaxing, and this dish definitely fits that bill. Take it easy, ya’ll.
What are some of your go-to summer dishes? I hope you’ll share.
- 8 ounces chunk feta
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely cracked black pepper
- 1/4+ cup honey
- 1/4 + cup toasted slivered almonds
- Fruit or crackers
- Mint or edible flowers for garnish, optional
- Dry feta and place on a serving platter. Chill.
- Prepare fruit (slice peaches, etc.)
- Stir together cracked pepper and honey.
- When ready to serve, pour honey mixture over feta and arrange fruit around the cheese.
- Serve with crackers, if desired.
Debbie Arnold serves as a co-administrator for Arkansas Women Bloggers and pontificates and eats at Dining With Debbie. She and her Hubby split their time between Central and Northwest Arkansas. She loves to cook, develop recipes and have play dates with her two perfect grands. Mostly, she has play dates with the Perfect Ones. If you’re interested in writing for Foodie Friday, she’s the one to contact.