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July 24, 2015
Amazing and Simple Greek Feta Dip
by Melanie Gunnell

Sometimes recipes come along that seriously slap you upside the head with their deliciousness. This beyond-simple Greek feta dip is just such a one.

I’m not kidding when I say that it is the most amazing appetizer in the universe. You’d better sit down, though, because not only is it killer in the taste department but it only takes 8 1/2 minutes to put together (less if you have mad chopping skills). Could there be better news? Yummy and fast? I think not.

I’ve seen this recipe floating around Pinterest for years. And subsequently have spent hours in self-imposed time out for not trying it out sooner. Do not be like me. The simple combination of creamy feta, fresh tomatoes, a touch of spicy green onions or chives, and flavorful Greek seasoning needs to be in your life whether you know it or not.

Throw the heavenly mixture on top of soft baguette slices and you can see my breakfast, lunch and dinner dreams for the next month.


Speaking of feta, let’s talk for a second. Having experienced both sides of the feta crumble, if you will, there is no comparison between using precrumbled feta and feta cheese that comes in a block. You’ve gotta go with the block of feta. Trust me on this. It is a million times creamier and softer and makes a world of difference for this appetizer recipe.

Since I’ve made this dip an embarrassing number of times over the past couple weeks, I’ve easily found blocks of feta at Trader Joe’s and at my everyday grocery store in the specialty cheese case (although it’s a great deal cheaper at TJ’s).

And since one of my main talents is giving advice, let me offer another tidbit besides the feta: using a baguette or loaf of bread that’s slightly on the soft side (instead of the kind that may or may not have a crust that hacks mercilessly into the top of your mouth whilst chewing) is key to looking like a complete rock star with this dish.

(This homemade Rustic Crusty bread formed into thinner loaves/baguettes would do the trick and earn you about a bazillion of those rock star points, FYI).

I’ve also included some notes below the recipe title about Greek seasoning, the details of which I won’t bore you with right this very second but if you are interested in an MSG-free version, check out that section.

Mostly, I just want you to know, friend-to-friend, that this may be the only thing I will ever bring to your party if/when you invite me from now until forevermore.


Amazing and Simple Greek Feta Dip
Yield: Serves 6-ish

I've made this dip at different times with the precrumbled feta cheese and again with a block of feta cheese and there's no comparison — the block of feta cheese is soft and creamy and perfect while the precrumbled cheese is much, much more dry.

If you can get your hands on a block of feta cheese, use it. I found mine at Trader Joe's and also in the specialty cheese case at my very everyday grocery store.

Cavender's Greek seasoning is a popular store-bought brand. I've used it a time or two in this recipe but for inquiring minds, it does contain MSG.

Lately, I've used a simple homemade Greek seasoning that I keep in a repurposed spice jar in my pantry. This dip is so delicious, it's worth keeping the homemade Greek seasoning around. I use this basic recipe on allrecipes.com, omitting the cornstarch, dialing down the cinnamon a bit (probably a heaping 1/2 teaspoon) and I don't blend it — I just combine in the jar.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3-4 (about 1 1/2 cups) Roma tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 green onions or a bunch of chives, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

  • 8 ounces feta cheese (see note above)

  • 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning (see note above)

  • White or regular balsamic vinegar (optional)

  • Sliced baguette for serving

Directions

  1. Drizzle the olive oil over a plate or platter. Add the tomatoes and green onions or chives and crumble the feta cheese over the top. Sprinkle on the Greek seasoning and toss lightly to combine. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if using (just a teaspoon or so to start — add more to taste).

  2. Serve the dip with soft, sliced baguettes (pita chips are delicious, too).

Recipe Source: adapted from Christy at The Girl Who Ate Everything by way of Clover Lane


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About Melanie Gunnell

Melanie Gunnell is a food-loving, chocolate-obsessed mom who has a desperate need to share her favorite tried-and-true recipes with the world. In a past life she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public health, but for the past ten years, stay-at-home motherhood has been her job along with blogging-from-home for the past five.

She resides in the brilliantly cold tundra of Northern Minnesota with her husband and their brood of five children: four boys and one tiny, bossy girl. Dark chocolate (particularly the act of shoving chocolate chips in her mouth whilst hiding in the pantry) is her coping skill of choice for both the never-ending winters and the never-ending wrestling matches in her front room.

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/

Calling(s): Primary pianist, CTR 6/7 Primary teacher, Activity Day leader

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