Move over boring old toast! These Whipped Feta and Fig Toasts with Pistachios and Honey are tasty, satisfying and super easy to make. The soft and creamy whipped feta is goes so perfectly with the sweetness of the figs and honey. I love how the slight saltiness of the crushed pistachios counter balance the sweetness. One bite into these crunchy toasts and you'll know why they're one of the most popular recipes on this site!
How To Make Whipped Feta
There are many ways to make whipped feta. Many recipes call for mixing feta with another creamier cheese like sour cream, ricotta, or cream cheese. I decided to use plain non-fat greek yogurt instead. I thought the texture and additional tang from the yogurt would give me the perfect flavor and consistency I was looking for. In addition, yogurt has less fat and is generally a healthier option than sour cream or cream cheese.
I used a particular type of sheep's milk feta called Valpresso, which I find to be exceptionally delicious. It blends easily with the yogurt in a bowl with just a fork or whisk. But if you're using a more firm feta, you may want to leave it out for a bit (maybe an hour) before blending it. You can also use a food processor to help, but honestly if you're like me, then you don't feel like dealing with the clean-up afterwards.
Toppings and Substitutions
I top the figs with some honey to balance out the tang from the whipped feta and to add a touch more sweetness. You can use whatever variety of fresh figs you find in at your farmers market or grocery store. If figs aren't in season you could even slice up dried figs as well.
I have to say, I really love the slightly salty and crunchy pistachio topping. However, you could also use crushed sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed or crushed toasted almonds or any combination of these, to name a few other options.
Nowadays, there are so many choices in vegan cheeses and yogurts. Although I haven't tested these vegan options, I think they'd work great for this recipe. If you do try it, let me know in the comments below. You could also substitute agave syrup for the honey for a full vegan option.
If making this recipe gluten-free, simply use gluten-free bread or use your favorite gluten-free crackers or rice cakes.
Seriously, it's so heavenly!
If you like this recipe you may also enjoy these Fruity Lemon Poppy Seed Toasts.
Whipped Feta and Fig Toasts with Pistachios and Honey
- 2 slices favorite bread for toasting
- 3-4 figs sliced
- 4 oz block feta cheese recommend a sheep's milk variety like Valpresso
- 2-3 tablespoon non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup crushed pistachios
- Allow feta to come to room temperature.
- Toast the bread.
- In a medium bowl, with a fork or whisk, whip the feta with one tablespoon yogurt at a time until reaching desired whipped creamy consistency (you will likely have a little leftover whipped feta).
- Top the bread with whipped feta, figs, and drizzle with honey.
- Serve immediately.