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

  • Recipe courtesy of Carmell Childs, Grand Prize Winner in the 2016 Nikos® "Wave of Flavor" recipe contest
  • Yield: 12 squares


    Feta Ice Cream Squares

  • 1/2 c. salted butter, melted
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 cups rice cereal squares, coarsely crushed
  • 1 c. sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 c. sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 c. peppercorn feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1.5 qt. vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 c. plus 1 tablespoon feta cheese, crumbled
  • Strawberry Basil Syrup

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped
  • 12 whole strawberries (for fan garnish)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.