8 to 10 ounces orzo pasta
¼ cup pine nuts
6 ounces feta cheese, roughly crumbled
10 pitted Kalamata Greek olives, roughly chopped
6 ounces baby spinach, thoroughly washed
½ cup red onion, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 to 3 fresh basil leaves, shredded
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
NOTE: This dish may be served hot or room temperature.
Serves: 6 – 8 as an appetizer
1 prepared pie crust
8 ounces softened goat cheese , at room temperature
1 -8 oz. package unflavored gelatin softened in 1½ tablespoons of water
½ cup heavy cream
1 medium red onion, cut into thin wedges and oven roasted & cooled
½ cup diced tomatoes
1½ teaspoon sugar
10 to 12 fresh basil leaves, save the smallest for garnishing
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
½ teaspoon of salt
16 pitted kalamata olives, divided into 8 & 8
8 to 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh salad greens and a good Italian bread, sliced
Equipment: spring-form baking pan
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