Whipped Feta With Barrie Hill Strawberries, Candied Bacon & Thyme
If you've yet to jump on the whipped feta train, this is your boarding call! Whipped feta is exactly what it sounds like, you whip your feta until nice and creamy in a food processor and top with your topping of choice.
This recipe features our soft and delicious sheep's milk feta from Best Baa Dairy, whipped and topped with some warm Barrie Hill strawberries, candied Seed to Sausage bacon, organic thyme, Rosewood honey and a balsamic reduction made with Niagara Vinegar's Baco Noir balsamic.
- 300g Best Baa feta cheese
- 600g Barrie Hill frozen strawberries, thawed
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp Rosewood Honey
- 1/3 cup Baco Noir Balsamic
- 3 sprigs Mike & Mike's organic thyme
- 6 x strips Seed to Sausage double smoked bacon
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 x loaf Spent Goods' sourdough bread, sliced
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat and lay your bacon flat on the sheet. Sprinkle the tops of each strip of bacon with a little bit brown sugar.
Place in the oven and let bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool to room temperature while you prepare your feta and strawberries. The bacon will harden as it cools.
Crumble your feta cheese and add it to your food processor. Start the processor and slowly add your olive oil and whip it until smooth. The texture should be smooth and creamy with no lumps.
Scoop into a serving bowl and prepare strawberries. Add the thawed strawberries and one tablespoon to a pot and heat it on low to medium heat just to warm them up. You don't want them to break down.
In another saucepan over medium-high, add your balsamic vinegar to the pot and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2-10 minutes or until the balsamic reduction coats the back of a spoon.
Pour your strawberries over the feta cheese and top with thyme, chopped pieces of your candied bacon and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of honey and the balsamic reduction.
Serve with slices of crusty pieces of Spent Goods sourdough bread.
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