LEMON AND FETA CHEESE DIP

Hi there!

If you’ve been following along this week you know that I recently hosted a birthday dinner party ……

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at which I served a delicious Lemon and Feta Cheese Dip.

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This recipe has been slightly modified from one I got from a favorite website called Sweet Paul.  The week of my party I had received some delicious fresh and crispy carrots and Daikon radishes in my CSA farm delivery.

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So, I decided they would be great as crudités to serve in the bar alongside a Lemon and Feta Cheese Dip as a light appetizer before dinner.

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I also thought this would make a nice accompaniment to the Spanish Style Rosemary Gin Fizzes I served that night.

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For the bowl of crudités I sliced the carrots and radishes leaving their stems on for additional color and added some sliced cucumber as well.

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When I go to all the work to prepare a special dinner, I try to serve a light appetizer so my guests have room for the main course.

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I did not take a lot of photos when I prepared this dip so there’s no photo tutorial this time. However, the recipe is super quick and simple to make.

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I like to use this Athenos brand traditional crumbled feta cheese because it comes in a large, 12 ounce size.  For this recipe you will need 8 ounces of crumbled feta, roughly 2/3rds of this container.

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You will also need 1 tablespoon of lemon zest……

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2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice……

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1 clove of minced fresh garlic ……

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and 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil (not pictured).  Place the feta cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic and olive oil into a blender and process until smooth and creamy. At this point add some fresh ground pepper to taste and give it one more whirl of the blender to combine. Using a rubber spatula, transfer the Lemon and Feta Cheese Dip into a pretty serving bowl.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Garnish with fresh herbs. Sweet Paul garnishes his dip with fresh thyme or red pepper flakes.  Since my party had a fresh rosemary theme going on, I garnished my dip with fresh rosemary.

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Sweet Paul suggests you serve this dip with pita chips that have been drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and minced thyme.  I served mine with fresh vegetables.

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So there you have it:  Lemon and Feta Cheese Dip.  Stay tuned and tomorrow I’ll be sharing another recipe from the birthday celebration: A Farm to Table Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts. 

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ENJOY!

 

LEMON AND FETA CHEESE DIP
 
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Adapted from a recipe by Sweet Paul. This is Sweet Paul's go-to dip recipe. It's easy to make and delicious to eat.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 Ounces Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil Plus 2 T. More For Garnish
  • Fresh Ground Pepper To Taste
  • Fresh Rosemary or Thyme for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the feta, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer into a serving bowl and drizzle with 2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  5. Garnish with fresh rosemary or thyme.
  6. Serve with assorted vegetable crudites and pita chips.
Notes
Sweet Paul drizzles olive oil over his pita chips and sprinkles them with salt and minced thyme.

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