Happy Monday! Hope all of you had a great weekend. We had some beautiful (hot) weather here and we definitely spent some time outside enjoying it. Today I’ve got a fun new recipe to share with you guys. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen me raving about the feta dip I made last week.
When we go to our favorite restaurant and get the hummus, it comes with a little dish of spicy feta dip. I love to spread hummus on a piece of pita and then add a thin layer of the feta dip on top of the hummus! I have no idea what’s in the dip at the restaurant…but that didn’t stop me from trying to recreate it at home.
All I really had to go on was the fact that the dip is a light orangish color…so I guessed that there might be a red pepper in there that would turn the dip orange when mixed with the white feta.
So, I roasted a red pepper and a bulb of garlic (because who doesn’t love roasted garlic) and threw it in the food processor. I added some greek yogurt and gave it a few spins. Right away I could tell it wasn’t going to be thick enough to make a dip so I pulled some canellini beans out of the freezer, defrosted them and added those.
*Side note about the beans- After I cooked an entire bag of them and put them in the freezer to use in future dishes, hubby informed me that he doesn’t like white beans. SO, i’ve been looking for ways to use them up so that he doesn’t have to eat them in their plain, white bean form. He saw me putting them in the dip and said “ewwww…why are you putting those in there?” I assured him that he wouldn’t even taste them…and I was right. I also added a bunch of cayenne pepper to kick things up a notch. At the very end I added the feta! Voila!
The first night we ate it cold with some homemade tortilla chips. The next night, I toasted some pieces of homemade bread, spread some dip on each piece and stuck them in the oven until everything was warm. Good news is this dip is great either hot or cold!
Spicy Feta Dip
- 1 red pepper, roasted and peeled
- 1 bulb of garlic, roasted
- 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup canellini beans
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 cup crumbled feta
Place the red pepper and cloves of roasted garlic in a food processor and pulse several times.
Add the yogurt, beans and cayenne pepper and process to desired consistency.
Add the crumbled feta and pulse several times until mixed well.
Serve warm or cold.
This dip is super simple, healthy and tastes great!
Don’t worry if it still looks a little watery after the food processor.
It will thicken up after it’s been in the fridge.
Just in case you’ve never made homemade tortilla chips before, I just spray whole wheat tortillas lightly with cooking spray, cut into triangles and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, flipping once.
I tried to decide whether I like it hot or cold better and I can’t pick a favorite 🙂
In hubby’s words, this feta dip is “the business”…so you know it’s good 😉
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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes says
I love the sound of this dip, yum!
secret: Ive never ever eaten feta!!
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed says
has it to do with your olive fear? same family so it must be bad?
I think it looks pretty boss.
That looks absolutely amazing – thank you so much for posting! I adore feta and can’t wait to give this a try.
Linz @ Itz Linz says
wow this looks amazing! i love sneaking foods into my husbands meals. this weekend, our coffee maker broke so i made him a cup of tea but poured it into a smoothie and he couldn’t even tell haha but this dip looks delicious and would be great for parties!
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
You always make the best dips, spreads, etc! I need to come over to YOUR house for a party haha! 😉
yes!!! you should definitely come over!
omg, feta!! pinned!
thanks so much!
Yum! Pinned 🙂
This looks yummy!
Great recipe…as usual!!! 🙂
Yellow Haired Girl says
I’m having people over this weekend – this sounds like a GREAT thing to make and snack on!
i agree 🙂 great snack!
Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) says
I love the spicy feta dip at a local restaurant here, so I definitely need to make this at home. Thanks girl! 🙂 I love spice!
Aparna B. says
I looove dips with white beans in them! That’s how I make my guac now since it’s more protein!! Great way to incorporate more protein. I LOVE anything spicy so this dip is a total win-win!
great idea! i put greek yogurt in my guac for the same reason!
sarah @ sarah learns says
oh yum. now i’m really hoping that i won’t have a problem eating dairy after my 30-day elimination is over. i really want to try this dip! 🙂
[email protected] says
Anything with Feta is a complete win! I’m definitely going to try this! It looks so awesome!
woohoo!!! hope you love it!
This looks wonderful! I agree with your hubs. Feta is the business! 🙂
Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health says
That looks amazing!! I LOVE feta :D. And I love that the hubby said it was “the business” haha
he’s a funny guy 🙂
Meredith @ DareYouTo says
YUM! Amazingness. Pinned. Can’t wait to make this.
Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit says
This looks great. I’m always looking for good dips to make or bring to parties. Adding this to my list for sure.
your blog always makes me hungry!
Jessica, the_toned_teach says
Hip Hip Hooray! I was looking for something fun to add to our chicken dinner tonight, and this, my dear, is exactly that! …maybe we could put it on our chicken. or dip our brussel sprouts in it. hmmm, possibilities are endless 🙂
yay!!! hope you guys enjoyed it!
yum!! another must-make. BTW dessert hummus a huge hit this weekend!
SO glad to hear it!!
Talia @ Bite Size Wellness says
This is INCREDIBLE! I am always looking for fun ways to use feta beyond the basic. My hubby says he isn’t a fan, but I def think I can pull this one off especially if it is “the business”
haha…hope you can convert him!
This dip sounds like my type of thing! This looks really good! Definitely bookmarking this!
Alysia @ Slim Sanity says
You always have such fun recipes…love it!
nom nom nom! one bulb of garlic? I am in!
haha i know! i think that’s the best part 🙂
Michele @ nycrunningmama says
I’m not a fan of feta, but I have to tell you – this looks delicious!!! I am always amazed and impressed with people who can taste something at a restaurant and then recreate the recipe on their own w/o knowing a single ingredient.
i don’t always get it right on the first try 🙂
Angela @ Health, Happiness & Harmony says
Looks great! I love cannellini beans and feta in salads, so I can’t wait to try!
Heather (Where's the Beach) says
What? He doesn’t like white beans???? That’s just crazy talk 😉
i know! that’s what i said!
I will have to remember to buy canilli beans the next time I’m at the store! Sounds delish!
Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run says
I’m almost positive this will be my husband’s new favorite dip. lol
haha i hope so!!
Fancy Nancy says
This looks delicious! I pinned it so I can make it soon!
Brittany @ Britt's Blurbs says
Oh YUM! What a perfect combination of flavors. Making this ASAP!
Megan @ Weddings and Workouts says
Oooh nom nom nom!!! Feta and capsicum is a wonderful combo. Baby spinach and feta makes a great dip, too!
ooooh that sounds good! i bet feta would be great in a spinach artichoke type dip!
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate says
Feta makes it betta 🙂
Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife says
Mmmm I am ALL about the feta and this looks amazing!
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says
The hubs refers to Feta as “stinky feet cheese.” I call it delicious! YUM!
haha i never really got into it this year, but lately i’ve been loving it!
Julie (@ROJRunning) says
Looks great, pinned it for future use.
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
Yum! This looks delicious!
Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings says
I love this dip recipe! Feta is so good and mixed with spices in a dip sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try!
awesome! let me know how you like it!
Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) says
This looks so insanely good!
How do you roast a red pepper and if I have curshed garlic, can I just use that or do I need to roast a bulb?? I forget the different btw clove, bulb…oh man! Help!
to roast the red pepper just turn your oven on to 425 and stick the pepper in for 30-40 minutes on a cookie sheet. turn it occasionally so each side blackens. Take it out and cover it with foil for about 20 minutes while it cools. Then peel off the outer layer of skin and remove the top and seeds inside! you don’t need to roast the garlic. roasting makes it sweeter that’s why you can use more if it. if you just want some garlic flavor you could just use whatever the jar of garlic says is equivalent to a clove or two.
Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife says
That dip looks absolutely delicious!!
[email protected] says
This is such a great idea! I think this dip would be great on a pita sandwich (kind of in place of a tahini sauce or tzatziki.
omg that would be amazing!!! great idea!
Jill Stokes says
Not sure where you buy your feta… BUT, I go to sunrise market on yearling. It is owned by a macedonian family and I have NEVER EVER found feta as good as it is!