Cucumber Feta Toasts and The Daring Kitchen

Cucumber Feta Toasts is a classic mediterranean combination that makes a wonderful appetizer or snack.

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Need a quick appetizer that requires no cooking and tastes great? Well I found this recipe for Cucumber Feta Toasts in my little Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine. I had to laugh when I saw it because it’s basically a twist on a Persian classic, Noon-o Panir-o Khiar (lavash with feta and cucumbers).

This version uses french baguette and adds olive oil and lemon juice to the mix. Martha toasted her bread. I didn’t toast mine. I prefer to chew on softer bread. A great tasting olive oil is a must for this because it really does enhance the flavor and compliment the cheese.

Cucumber-Feta Toasts

This classic combination of feta cheese, bread and cucumber is common in Middle-Eastern dishes. With the a twist of using French baguette, instead of lavash, and olive oil, you have a delicious and light appetizer or snack. Recipe adapted from Everyday Food, July-August 2010


  • 1 baguette
  • 6 oz feta cheese
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced, peeling is optional
  • 2 TBS mint, fresh, cut thinly
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground


  1. Cut into 1/4-inch rounds:
    • 1 baguette
  2. In a small bowl mash together with a fork:
    • 6 oz feta cheese
    • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
  3. Spread feta mixture onto each baguette round.
  4. Top with:
    • 2 Persian cucumbers , thinly sliced, peeling is optional
  5. Sprinkle evenly over the cucumber-topped baguette rounds:
    • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 2 TBS mint, fresh , cut thinly
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground


Cooking Tips: You can also cut the bread in half lengthwise, brush with olive oil and toast for 5 minutes at 450ºF first. After adding the toppings, cut bread into pieces to serve.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 8

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What? That’s it? That’s all you are going to write about?

Well, no. I was supposed to participate with the Daring Kitchen’s challenge this month, especially when I wasn’t able to do it last month. Our hostesses this month, Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz, and Valerie of a The Chocolate Bunny, chose delicious pâté with freshly baked bread as their June Daring Cook’s challenge. We have a variety of recipes to choose from, even a seafood and a vegetarian version. We also had to make fresh bread for this challenge.

I really had every intention of making the vegetarian pâté. I had most of the ingredients on hand. Unfortunately, life happened, specifically summer vacation. We had a whirlwind of a month with end-of-school parties, play dates and birthday parties coupled with trips to Disneyland, the Del Mar County Fair and pool parties. I just didn’t get around to making the dip. But I will. I have a couple dinner parties lined up and I’m hoping to make it then, because the recipe sounds delicious.

So why am I blogging about the Daring Kitchen June Challenge I didn’t do?

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Well, I made French baguettes! And I’m proud of myself for that one! I didn’t use the recipe provided by our hostesses. Frankly, I didn’t have two days to prepare it and wait for it rise and on and on. And quite frankly, I’m not very successful with homemade bread (remember my pita experience?) But, I admit that my failure is mostly because I don’t have the patience for it. My three kids suck all of that up from me!

I did use my old bread machine to mix the dough. Forgot I had it until I visited my good friend, Karin, who whipped us up fresh bread using her machine. Afterward the dough was easily made for me (ha! ha!), I formed them into the right shapes, let it rise again and baked the bread. The bread machine certainly made my life easier to make the delicious baguettes. And I used the bread for these easy Cucumber Feta Toasts. Okay, it’s not pâté, but I it’s spreadable and it was all I had time for this month!

And to see the many versions of pâté done right, visit Audax Artifex and be wow-ed by the wonders of pâté!

I will post the recipe for the French baguettes later this week. Right now I need to get ready for….. Disneyland! One last trip before our passes expire!

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