Whipped Feta Dip

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This luscious whipped feta dip is creamy, savory and refreshing. It boasts salty feta cheese, smashed garlic, smoky roasted red pepper, and a hint of citrus. Like spicy feta dip, this easy appetizer is ideal for relaxed summer gatherings and festive holiday parties.

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Greek whipped feta dip with roasted red pepper in a small serving bowl with spoon.

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🧑🏼‍🍳 Why this Recipe’s a Keeper

Like hummus, whipped feta dip is more than just an appetizer. Enjoy it as a spread for toast. Drizzle it over a meatball gyro sandwich. Stir it into scrambled eggs. Use it for stuffed chicken breasts. Serve it with steamed artichokes. Fold it into baked mac and cheese.

Here are more reasons this recipe’s a keeper:

  • Incredible Flavor. Charring the bell pepper adds a smoky and slightly sweet flavor to the dip, enhancing the overall taste. The combination of charred sweetness with the tanginess of feta creates a complex and well-balanced flavor profile.
  • Texture: The process of whipping the feta results in a creamy smooth texture, making the dip more enjoyable and spreadable. The charred bell pepper, when finely chopped and mixed in, contributes a delightful crunch and additional texture to the dip.
  • Easy Recipe. All you need are a few basic ingredients. Despite its sophisticated flavor, this is a simple recipe that’s easy to prepare by both novice and experienced cooks. If you char the bell pepper yourself, you can assemble the dip in 20 minutes. But with a jar of store-bought red peppers, you can make this recipe in just 5 minutes!
  • Versatility: This whipped feta dip can be used in various ways. It can be served as a dip for veggies, crackers, bread, or used as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. The versatile nature of the dip makes it a go-to recipe for different occasions.
  • Ideal Appetizer. Perfect for backyard gatherings and wine parties, you can pack this dip in an insulated tote for picnics and tailgating. Bring it to summer potlucks and church socials. Make it for Game Day. It’s also a great addition to a holiday charcuterie board.
Whipped feta dip recipe assembled in a small bowl and garnished with green onions.

🛒 Ingredients

  • Red Bell Pepper: I prefer roasting a fresh bell pepper over an open flame, then rubbing off the charred skin. But you can buy a jar of roasted red bell peppers at the market and use those instead.
  • Block Feta Cheese: For a beautiful creamy texture, rather than using crumbled feta, it’s best to use a block of feta cheese and cube it up. But if you only have crumbled feta on hand, you can use that instead.
  • Whipped Cream Cheese: Adds extra creaminess to the recipe.
  • Olive Oil: Adds richness and depth of flavor to whipped feta dip.
  • Garlic Clove: Contributes a warm rustic taste. If you have some roasted garlic on hand, you can use that instead of fresh garlic. The sweet caramelized taste will really enhance this Greek feta dip recipe.
  • Lemon: Citrus adds freshness and tanginess to the mixture. It pairs well with the garlic, red pepper and thyme.
  • Dried Thyme: This spice has an earthy, slightly lemony flavor with hints of mint. It really complements this roasted red pepper feta dip.
  • Sea Salt: This seasoning balances the flavors of the other ingredients. But when adding salt to the dip, keep in mind the type of dippers you’ll be serving it with. If they’re crackers and chips that already have a lot of salt, then use less of this seasoning in the whipped feta dip.
  • Green Onion: This is an optional garnish. A sprinkling of green onion over the surface of the mixture offsets the light-orange color of the dip. It also adds a touch of freshness with a mild-onion flavor.
Ingredients for whipped feta dip recipe.

🫑 Recipe Prep: Fire-Roast the Bell Pepper (optional)

👉🏻 Feel free to use a store-bought jar of marinated roasted red peppers. Or save money and increase the freshness of your dip, by charring a bell pepper at home. Here’s how.

Gas Stove Method

  1. Place the red pepper directly on top of the stovetop grate. Turn the flame to medium heat. With metal tongs, rotate the pepper until the skin has blistered and charred on all sides (about 2 minutes per side).
  2. Transfer charred pepper to a heat-safe bowl. Wrap the top of the bowl tightly with plastic wrap to trap the heat inside. Let the peppers steam for 10 minutes to loosen up the skins.
  3. When the charred pepper is cool to the touch, use a paper towel to rub off the blackened skin (or use a knife to scrape it off). Discard the scrapings. Remove and discard the stem and seeds. With a sharp knife, chop the pepper’s soft red flesh into small pieces. Set them aside until ready to use.

Oven Broiler Method

  1. Adjust the oven rack so the pepper will sit about 6 inches away from the broiler. Place the red pepper on the oven rack. Turn broiler on high. Char each side until blackened (about 3 minutes per side.)
  2. Transfer charred pepper to a heat-safe bowl. Wrap the top of the bowl tightly with plastic wrap to trap the heat inside. Let the peppers steam for 10 minutes to loosen up the skins.
  3. When the charred pepper is cool to the touch, use a paper towel to rub off the blackened skin. Discard the scrapings. Remove and discard the stem and seeds. With a sharp knife, chop the pepper’s soft red flesh into small pieces. Set them aside until ready to use.
A whole fire-roasted red bell pepper in a glass bowl.

📖 Recipe Steps

RECIPE YIELD: 1 1/4 cups

  1. Add cubed feta, cream cheese, olive oil, smashed garlic, lemon juice and dried thyme to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes). If needed, occasionally stop the machine to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the chopped roasted peppers to the bowl. Pulse until desired size is reached. Turn off the machine. Sample the mixture. Add salt to taste.
  4. With a rubber spatula, transfer whipped feta dip to a small bowl. If desired, garnish the surface with sliced green onion. Serve the dip with crackers and/or veggies. If not immediately enjoying it, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until serving.

👨🏻‍🍳 Expert Tip: Enjoy whipped feta dip with flatbread crackers, pita chips, toasted baguette, or crisp buttered pieces of sourdough bread. Serve it with long strips of veggies, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes and Kalamata Greek olives.

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🧑🏼‍🍳 Expert Tips

  • Make this recipe faster. Use a jar of roasted red peppers or sun dried tomatoes. Both are great options. If using sun dried tomatoes, you can skip the virgin olive oil in the recipe and substitute with the savory spiced oil from the jar. This will really amp up the flavor.
  • Feel free to add other herbs and spices. Experiment with fresh herbs like dill, parsley, or oregano for added freshness. Smoked paprika or cayenne pepper can enhance the smokiness or add a bit of heat.
  • Ways to garnish whipped feta dip: Garnish with fresh green onions, fresh dill, or fresh (or dried) Italian parsley. For extra texture, sprinkle the top with everything bagel seasoning. Or garnish the dip with pine nuts or (crushed) roasted pistachios.
  • What to serve with whipped feta dip: Serve with crunchy sturdy dippers like pita chips, bagel chips, bruschetta toasts, or thick crinkle-cut potato chips. For veggies, try strips of zucchini, carrots or celery. Include some grape tomatoes. For Mediterranean flair, serve with a small bowl of Kalamata olives.
  • For a wine party: Pair feta dip with a light-bodied red wine like pinot noir, or a crisp fragrant white wine like sauvignon blanc.

👩🏻‍🍳 Recipe FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions when making whipped feta dip, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

Can I make whipped feta dip without a food processor?

Absolutely! Although a food processor generally provides the smoothest consistency, you can use a high-speed blender or a hand mixer to whip the ingredients.

What type of feta is best for this dip?

Use a good-quality feta cheese, preferably block feta as opposed to pre-crumbled. Greek or Bulgarian feta works well.

Can I use blocked cream cheese instead of whipped cream cheese?

Yes, for whipped feta dip you can use traditional block cream cheese that’s been softened to room temperature. For ease of measuring, substitute block cream cheese for whipped cream cheese 1:1.

What spices can be added to whipped feta dip?

Common add-ins include either white pepper (for an earthier taste), freshly-cracked black pepper, or a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Can I use a different type of pepper?

Absolutely! You can experiment with different types of peppers like poblano, jalapeño, or even a mix for varied flavor profiles. Adjust the quantity based on your spice preference.

How do I char the bell peppers?

Char the peppers directly over an open flame on a gas stove or under a broiler until the skin is blistered and blackened. Then, place them in a sealed bag or covered bowl for easy peeling. More detailed information is provided within this blog post.

How can I adjust the consistency of the dip?

If the dip is too thick, add a bit of olive oil or lemon juice until you achieve the desired consistency. If the dip is too thin, add more feta or cream cheese.

Can I make this dip in advance?

Yes, the dip can be prepared a day ahead. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge. For the best flavor and texture, serve it the same day it’s made. If refrigerated for later, allow it to come to room temperature before serving.

How long will whipped feta dip last in the fridge?

It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Just keep in mind that garlic has a strong flavor that tends to intensify over time. Stir it well before serving if any separation occurs.

Can I freeze whipped feta dip?

It is not recommended. Dairy-based dips can separate and change in texture when frozen.

Red pepper feta dip being scooped from an appetizer bowl with a spoon.

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Whipped Feta Dip


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Assemble creamy whipped feta dip in a food processor or high-speed blender. Enjoy this savory dip and spread with crackers, pita chips and a variety of fresh veggies. It’s easy to make and so delicious.


Ingredients

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  • 1 large red bell pepper, or use 1 (8-ounce) jar roasted red peppers instead
  • 1 (8-ounce) block feta cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese (not block cream cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pinch sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 green onion, sliced (optional garnish)

Instructions

Recipe Prep: Fire roast the red bell pepper

👉🏻 NOTE: Skip this step if using a jar of roasted red peppers.

  1. Char the pepper directly over an open flame on a gas stove or under a broiler until the skin is blistered and blackened. Then, place it in a sealed bag or a heat-safe covered bowl for easy peeling. Let the pepper steam for 10 minutes to loosen up the skin.
  2. When the charred pepper is cool to the touch, use a paper towel to rub off the blackened skin (or use a knife to scrape it off). Discard the scrapings. Remove and discard the stem and seeds. With a sharp knife, chop the pepper’s soft red flesh into small pieces. Set them aside until ready to use.

WHIPPED FETA DIP RECIPE

  1. Add cubed feta, cream cheese, olive oil, smashed garlic, lemon juice and dried thyme to the bowl of a food processor. Process the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes). If needed, occasionally stop the machine to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add chopped peppers to the bowl. Pulse until desired size is reached. Turn off machine. Sample the mixture. Add salt to taste.
  3. Transfer whipped feta dip to a small bowl. If desired, garnish the surface with sliced green onions. Serve with pita, crackers and/or veggies.

Notes

How to make this recipe faster: Instead of charring and peeling a fresh red pepper at home, make this recipe in just 5 minutes using a store-bought jar of “fire-roasted red bell peppers”. 

How to store this dip: Store feta dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir before serving.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
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  1. This was a last-minute add-on to the party menu. So glad I made it! A huge hit on the charcuterie board. Guests were raving about it. The bowl was scraped clean.