Easy Garlic Feta Dip
I’m feeling the holiday heat. Not panic-mode heat (yet), but my to-do list is warming to an uncomfortable temperature. The strategy to keep my Christmas cool: Garlic Feta Dip.
Maybe it’s the two-digit date (December 11th looks so much later than December 9th, doesn’t it?), the fact that my chocolate advent calendar doors are nearly half opened, or the looming moment when Amazon’s “5-11 business days” free-shipping window will no longer guaranteed my packages arrive on time, but Christmas feels alarmingly closer today than it did at the beginning of the week.
Thus far, I have written exactly zero Christmas cards and purchased one lonely present, which I probably shouldn’t event count, because it was a joint present my sister bought on our behalf…and I still owe her for my share.
My holiday baking record is more respectable. Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Perfect Cut Out Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies, and Candy Cane Snowball Cookies have all found their way into our cookie jar. Priorities.
Since holiday crunch time is approaching, and I suspect you may need recipes for more than cookies at your next bash, today I have an easy appetizer recipe that’s stress free, ready in minutes, and a guaranteed crowd pleaser: Garlic Feta Dip.
Save the fussing for the holiday ham or a show-stopping dessert. All you need for Garlic Feta Dip is a few ingredients and your food processor. Toss cream cheese, garlic cloves, Greek yogurt, oregano, and feta into the processor bowl, then press play. In a few moments, you’ll have a rich, zesty dip that’s ready to party.
For serving, I used a variety of crackers that I picked up at my local grocery store, Pick ‘N Save. The Pick ‘N Save Simply Roundy’s line offers a variety of crackers that are ideal for holiday entertaining, minimally processed, and a bargain-buy compared to name brands. I especially loved the Garlic Feta Dip paired with the lightly crispy Peppercorn & Poppy Water Crackers, and the Rosemary & Sea Salt Flatbread is another tasty option. (For those who prefer a more neutral, all-purpose cracker, the water crackers also are also available in original.)
Although Garlic Feta Dip tastes dynamite straight out of the food processor, I gave it a festive twist by topping it with diced red bell peppers and parsley. I loved the holiday look of the red and green, and the extra crunch from the bell peppers was a pleasant contrast to the creamy feta.
When the holiday stress sets in (and even if it doesn’t, in which case, teach me your ways), you can rely on Garlic Feta Dip. It’s an easy, pleasing recipe to have in your arsenal for any gathering.
In the unlikely event of leftovers, Garlic Feta Dip also doubles as a dynamite sandwich spread with turkey, salami, or ham, and I suspect it would be even better smothered with Swiss or mozzarella for a grown-up grilled cheese.
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Garlic Feta Dip
This easy recipe for Garlic Feta Dip is ready to go in less than 10 minutes and a guaranteed crowd pleaser! This "skinny dip" is lightened up with Greek yogurt, but no one will ever guess your secret.
Yield: Serves 4-6 (can easily be doubled)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese, divided
- 4 ounces light cream cheese (Neufchatel cheese), at room temperature
- 1/3 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Simply Roundy's Entertaining Crackers, fresh veggies, and/or pita bread or pita chips, for serving
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade,place two-thirds of the feta, the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, oregano, and black pepper. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer the dip to a serving bowl, then sprinkle with the remaining third of the feta, diced bell pepper, and parsley. Serve immediately with crackers and veggies as desired, or refrigerate for up to 1 day. If making ahead, sprinkle with bell peppers and parsley just before serving.
Garlic Feta Dip can be prepared and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Sprinkle with the chopped peppers and parsley just before serving.
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