10 Days of Thanksgiving: The Appetizer: Sweet Pea Crostini


For the next 10 days of Thanksgiving, Arps Dairy will share one Thanksgiving recipe a day that will help ensure that your Thanksgiving feast is a hit among the entire family.  We will focus first on appetizers, then move to side dishes, the main course, and then desserts. We will start the appetizer section off with this great recipe which features one of Arps Dairy’s most popular products, our Country Style Cottage Cheese. If you are a lover of the texture and flavor of Arps Dairy’s Country Style Cottage Cheese, then you will love this Sweet Pea Crostini Thanksgiving appetizer!


The peas give the dip a hint of sweetness, while the cottage cheese and feta make it perfectly creamy. Served on crunchy, chewy bread topped with salty bacon makes these the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast. The dip travels great, make ahead and assemble crostini upon your arrival. If sweet peas aren’t in season, sub frozen peas.


Easy10 Minutes10 MinutesMakes 24 Crostini



  • 1 French baguette (1/2- inch- thick) slices
  • 1 cup shelled fresh sweet peas
  • 4 ounces feta cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup Arps Dairy Country Style Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 slices cooked bacon chopped
  • Olive oil for coating of bread


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place baguette slices on baking sheet, brush with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove bread from oven, let cool.
  3. Add the peas to a medium pot of well-salted boiling water. Boil the peas for about 30 seconds. Shock the peas in an ice bath for about 1 minute, then remove from ice bath and set aside in strainer to drain.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor, place about 3/4 of the feta cheese, Arps Dairy Country Style Cottage Cheese, blanched peas and next five ingredients. Blend until smooth. To serve, spread each crostini with sweet pea mixture, approximately one heaping tablespoon per slice. Top with bacon crumbles and sprinkle of feta cheese. Place crostini on serving platter. If making ahead of time, place in air tight container and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.
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