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    12 squares

Peppercorn Feta-Crunch Ice Cream Squares with Fresh Strawberry Basil Syrup

Main Ingredients: Fruits

Yield: 12 squares

Recipe courtesy of Carmell Childs, Grand Prize Winner in the 2016 Nikos® "Wave of Flavor" recipe contest



  • 1/2 Cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Cup rice cereal squares, coarsely crushed
  • 1 Cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 Cup peppercorn feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1.5 Quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 Cup plus 1 tablespoon feta cheese, crumbled


  • 2 Cup strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 2/3 Cup water
  • 6 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon basil leaves, chopped
  • 12 whole strawberries (for fan garnish)


  1. Combine butter and brown sugar in a small, heavy, saucepan over medium-high heat; bring mixture to a boil and remove from heat. In a large mixing bowl add cereal, coconut, almonds, peppercorn feta cheese, and brown sugar mixture. Stir until ingredients are thoroughly coated. Press half of the mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine ice-cream and crumbled Nikos Feta Cheese, use a sturdy flat edged spatula to cut and fold the feta into the ice cream until it’s distributed throughout. Carefully spread ice-cream in the baking dish and evenly sprinkle the remaining cereal mixture over the top. Freeze until solid; at least 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare Strawberry Basil Syrup. In a blender, puree the quartered strawberries just until smooth. In a small, heavy, saucepan combine water and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Boil 6 minutes (mixture will be syrupy and approximately reduced by half); remove from heat. Stir the strawberries and basil into the syrup until combined and pour into a dish or squeeze bottle with nozzle tip and store in the fridge.
  4. Cut ice-cream into 12 equal squares, drizzle individual serving plates with strawberry syrup, place squares over syrup and garnish each with a strawberry fan*.

*To make a strawberry fan, take a paring knife, slice strawberry from a point slightly below the top stem to the bottom. Continue making thin slits from one end of the strawberry to the other. Gently spread the strawberry apart creating a fan.

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