The combination of feta, olives and pine nuts nestled in a potato is divine. For a creative presentation, cut a lemon in half and use it as an oasis for a fresh herb bouquet (cut a thin slice off the bottom so it will lie flat). Rosemary and thyme work well because they don't wilt.
- For the Potatoes:
- 12 small new potatoes, uniform in size and shape
- 6 cups water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- For the Feta:
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons chopped green olives
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried currants
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 24 parsley leaves for garnishing
FOR THE POTATOES:
Cut a thin slice off the top and bottom of each potato. Cut the potatoes in half crosswise. Place in a large saucepan and cover with the water. Add the kosher salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and let simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, 10 to 16 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Strain and let cool.
FOR THE FETA:
Crumble the feta with a fork in a small bowl. Add the pine nuts, green olives, olive oil, currants, lemon zest, oregano and pepper. Mix well.
Scoop out the center of each potato with a spoon or melon baller. Fill the centers with a heaping teaspoon of the feta mixture. Garnish with parsley leaf.
The feta mixture can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated. (Do not add the pine nuts until ready to assemble, and let the mixture sit at room temperature 1 hour before assembly.) The potatoes can be assembled up to 4 hours in advance.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
60 calories; 2g total fat; 3mg cholesterol; 161mg sodium; 9g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 2g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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