spicy greek feta dip (tirokafteri)

spicy greek feta dipFeta is a staple in our kitchen; it’s so versatile.  This whipped feta dip can be as hot and spicy as your taste buds can handle, or tone it down and omit the chili peppers.  Either way, this creamy dip will be a hit at your next social gathering.  As with most Greek dishes, recipes vary from region to region. Some may omit the roasted peppers whereas others add garlic and yogurt.   That aside, the main ingredient is feta so make sure to buy one that is in brine. Brining allows for a longer shelf life.  Feta in a ‘dry’ package won’t be as moist and quite frankly, dry as toast!  And, you’ll end up adding more olive oil or perhaps plain yogurt just to make it palatable.  Feeling industrious?  How about making your own feta cheese?

you will need

285g (10 oz.) Greek feta cheese, broken into chunks
1 large roasted red bell pepper, roughly chopped (OR a jar of roasted peppers, drained)
1 to 2 teaspoons red chili flakes OR 1 chili pepper (chopped)
1 small garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


In a food processor, add all ingredients except the olive oil.  spicy Greek feta dipBlend until the dip comes together.  Then drizzle in olive oil and blend until smooth. Serve with pita bread, crackers, or crudités.  This dip will last up to four days in the refrigerator.

the culinary chase’s note:

Serve as is or decorate with chopped parsley and kalamata olives.  Enjoy!