Walnut and Feta Cheese Spread | Turkish Eats

This is a great spread that can be served as an appetizer on slices of French baguette or similar bread. It takes its name from the aromatic paste used to coat the Turkish dried beef, pastirma. 


  • 1/4 lb feta cheese
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs - prepared from a basic European bread that does not taste sweet - such as French baguette or Italian batard
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pepper paste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Finely chop the walnuts, set aside.
  2. Mash the feta cheese using a fork, set aside.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth. You can use your food processor for a smoother texture.
  4. Serve at room temperature on thin slices of bread.
© Mehmet Ozturk 2017