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Whipped Feta Dip + Crudités

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Whipped Feta Dip + Crudités

Katie Schur

This whipped feta dip is one of my all-time favorite snacks, and it's perfect for appetizers on the porch as the weather warms up (hopefully soon!). I love pairing it with lots of springtime veggies: sliced cucumbers, carrots and radishes.  Sprinkle on some optional fresh herbs and you've got yourself a quick and easy appetizer. Want to give it a try? Read on.. because we'll be dishing up free samples during a demo + tasting tomorrow at Tower Hill Botanical Garden. 

 Whipped feta dip with radishes, dill & extra virgin olive oil. Yum!

Whipped feta dip with radishes, dill & extra virgin olive oil. Yum!

Ingredients: 

Snack size (serves 2-4)

  • 4 oz of feta cheese* 
  • 2 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil + more for drizzling 

Party size (serves 4+)

  • 8 oz of feta cheese*
  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil + more for drizzling 

Optional garnishes

  • Chopped chives or dill 
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Serve with:

  • Radishes (you can serve with traditional red radishes or try finding quirky varieties like: French Breakfast, Easter Egg or Watermelon radishes for a colorful twist)
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Crackers
  • Celery 

Directions:

*For this recipe, I recommend buying feta cheese that is sold in the brine instead of purchasing it pre-crumbled. The recipe still works with crumbled feta, but it doesn't taste as creamy. 

Drain the brine from the block of feta cheese, and crumble the feta into a bowl. Mix in the cream cheese and olive oil. (Reserve a little olive oil for drizzling on the dip at the very end.) You can use a food processor, but it's also possible to mix by hand with a fork if you let your cream cheese soften up a bit. Spread the cheese dip into a shallow bowl. Drizzle on a little olive oil and sprinkle on chopped herbs (optional, but encouraged!). Serve as a dip with radishes, cucumbers, carrots, crackers or celery. 

Want to give it a try? If you're local to the Massachusetts area, I'm presenting a food tasting demonstration during Tower Hill Botanical Garden's Daffodil Day celebration. Drop in tomorrow April 21 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to try this recipe (and others). Picnic Perfect is hosting a pop-up picnic event in front of the Garden's field of over 25,000 daffodils. With the frosty weather we've having lately, I'm sure it will be a welcome sign of Spring!

Cheers, 

-Katie