Personally I love appetizers, and could easily make a meal with most any, but spicy feta dip recipes always catch my eye. Especially when they are made with just a few ingredients and taste delicious!
Feta is such a great cheese. Crumbly and salty; it totally takes on the region it was made in, depending on the type of milk used in its making.
Where is feta cheese from?
The only “true feta” is made in Greece.
However feta can also be made in the Balkans, the Middle East, France and the US.
When I visit my local Middle Eastern market there are so many varieties of feta to choose from.
This brined cheese is made with sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep and goat’s milk, however in the US it is often made with cow’s milk.
Some feta can be quite strong and others quite mild, so it totally depends on what your tastebuds prefer.
I always keep a block of feta around, whether to use in a Greek salad, in my favorite quick shrimp dish or to use in appetizers, such as this spicy feta dip recipe.
This dip I make with Boursin cheese would also taste great with feta. Just put the feta in the middle of the tomatoes while they are roasting.
I love Greek food and as a child my father always took us to the Southside of Chicago to eat at The Parthenon or Greek Islands.
I’ve never found any local Greek restaurants here in Denver similar to those.
We always ordered the family meal and we always walked out happy and stuffer.
The traditional tirokafteri recipe dip is a creamy feta dip that is made with roasted red bell peppers, extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar that is all blended together to make a creamy dip.
The spiciness of this Greek feta cheese dip comes from red chili peppers, or chili flakes and garlic cloves and is a great appetizer served with raw veggies and pita.
However, that recipe is not what we are making today!
Spicy Feta Dip Recipes
This feta recipe is made using an entire block of feta and is more of a spread, because it is not blended.
If you choose you can slice it horizontally through the center of the cheese and lay it flat to fill the dish.
It is also a warm dip, which in my mind, makes this a perfect dip for chilly weather.
I love this spicy Greek feta dip/spread not only because it tastes great, but because it is so easy to make.
Using an ovenproof dish, place a few orange slices on the bottom of the dish.
You could even add some fresh herbs or capers if you’d like to give more flavor to the cheese.
Then place a block of feta or 2 slices of feta on top of the orange slices and top with olive oil, and red pepper flakes.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for a short time and then remove from oven and brust with warm honey.
Place under the broiler so that the top of the cheese becomes golden brown.
Upon removing from the oven I sprinkle on a dash of lemon juice and a few more fresh grinds of black pepper.
This is also a good time if you have Urfa or Aleppo pepper flakes to use those for variety.
They really do add their own unique flavor.
It’s amazing how just a handful of ingredients make such an easy appetizer that you will wish you had made more.
Though I don’t believe this is a traditional Greek dip, I still love serving it with warm pita bread or crispy pita chips.
In my case I had matzo, so I used matzo instead of pita.
This spicy feta cheese dip recipe is great as part of a mezze platter along with Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and cucumber sticks.
Other dishes like hummus or tzatziki, along with small salads and falafel can also be added.
More than just a cheese board, a mezze platter would be great competition!
I am addicted to Murray’s olives with tangerines and red chili peppers that I find at King Soopers, my local grocery store.
I prefer serving those instead of Kalamatas, with this spicy feta cheese dip recipe.
Pro tip: Pop your olives into the microwave for about 1 minte and warm them up. So good.
You can do that with roasted nuts also!
Love spicy feta dip recipes that satisfy the Greek Gods?
I’m sure this tangy feta which is spicy, sweet and salty, would be something that would quickly become one of their favorite things.
No hard work involved, just a few simple ingredients makes this one delicious dip!
I love this simple feta dip recipe. A little sweet, a bit more spicy and a bit of salt from the feta cheese makes this irresistable!
1 8 oz chunk of feta
1 orange sliced in thick slices
2 T spicy honey or your choice
2 T olive oil
Herbs of choice such as oregano, fennel, mint, basil
Pepper: Black, Aleppo, Urfa
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the orange slices on the bottom of a small oven-proof dish. Top with the square of feta. Or slice the square in half horizontally through the middle and fill the dish. You can also add a handful of olives to the baking dish. (The possibilities are endless!)
Drizzle olive oil on top. Bake for about 8 minutes. Feta should not be melted and should still feel firm.
Heat the honey in the microwave until liquid. When feta is removed from the oven, brush with the honey and broil until the top of the cheese browns and the honey is golden-don’t let it burn!
Sprinkle with pepper and fresh herbs. Add a squeeze of lemon.
Serve with warm pita, pita chips and the chili tangerine olives. I had matzo on hand so I used that!
Want to heat the olives with the feta? Be my guest!
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