Cheese & Mint Loaf with Honeyed Blood Oranges
Half dessert, half appetizer, this recipe takes three grab bag ingredients (feta, blood oranges and mint) and combines them in a unique way. The result? You can taste every ingredient in it and together, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts. Sweet, tart, fragrant and briny, it's sophisticated without being overly complicated. Altogether, these contrasting ingredients make for a great hors d’oeuvre or a playful dessert and cheese course all in one.
I N G R E D I E N T S :
- 4 ounces feta
- 4 ounces ricotta
- large bunch of fresh mint leaves
Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil
- sea salt
- 4 tablespoons local honey
- 2 blood oranges, segmented and chopped, membranes reserved
I N S T R U C T I O N S :
- In a shallow bowl or dish, mash the feta with the back of a fork. Add the ricotta and stir together very well.
- Oil a 3” x 6” mini loaf pan with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil.
- Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture into the bottom of the pan. Cover with a single layer of mint leaves, and gently press them into the cheese. Drizzle with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Continue with another layer of cheese, followed by a layer of mint leaves, drizzle of Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil and sprinkle of sea salt. Spread the last layer of cheese on top, another drizzle of Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the top layer of cheese to keep it moist.
- Combine the honey and chopped orange segments in a bowl. Squeeze the juice from the reserved membrane onto the segments. Stir together gently.
- Remove the plastic wrap from the cheese. Invert the mini loaf pan onto a serving dish. Spoon the honeyed oranges over top.
- Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves. Serve on sourdough toast, crostini, pita chips or a good hunk of Italian bread.