Whipped Feta is the biggest bang for your lowest effort buck when it comes to dips and spreads. With only five ingredients and about 30 seconds in a blender or food processor, it's something you'll want to make at least once a week. It may seem counter-intuitive because it's just cheese, but Whipped Feta can promote health by making it easier and more delicious to eat a tray full of fruit and vegetables!
What You Need for Whipped Feta
There are only five ingredients for whipped feta, not including optional salt and pepper. You probably have most of the ingredients, and if you're like me, you always have a block of feta in the refrigerator.
- olive oil
Ingredients Notes and Substitutions for Whipped Feta
- FETA. This kitchen goes through feta like it goes through avocados, so I get the largest whole block I can find at the grocery store, looking for organic sheep's milk. Whole Foods's in-house brand 365 has a 16-ounce block of feta in brine in a sealed white plastic container, which makes it easier to have delivered. It is not organic, and does not specify sheep's milk, but it works when I can't find anything else.
- YOGURT. Depending on the brand, the "type" (regular, Greek, icelandic) and the fat percentage of your yogurt, your final product might be thinner or thicker than you prefer. Always err on the side of thicker because it's easier to thin out with water or oil later. Use a full fat yogurt (for better flavor) and strain it as much as you can in a sieve lined with three or four layers of cheesecloth, or a paper coffee filter.
- KOSHER SALT. I use Diamond Crystal brand, which is in the burgundy red box.
- OLIVE OIL. The olive oil here is more for consistency and texture, not for flavor, so use an everyday olive oil like California Olive Ranch.
How to Use Whipped Feta
- serve Whipped Feta in a bowl as a dip for vegetable crudités (like this post!)
- add Whipped Feta as part of Mediterranean mezze along with hummus and tzatziki
- slather Whipped Feta on toast and top with anything, olives are my favorite
- spread Whipped Feta as the cheese base on grilled flatbread or pita and add any toppings
- drizzle Whipped Feta over vegetables like these Crispy Smashed Potatoes, these Roasted Butternut Squash, and these whipped sweet potatoes
- toss Whipped Feta with hot pasta and wilted bitter greens
TOOLS and EQUIPMENT You Need to Make Whipped Feta
- SIEVE. I have a set of three different sizes, and use the medium one to drain yogurt. (The larger one is great for sifting flours and straining stock).
- FOOD PROCESSOR. I have been using my small 4-cup Cuisinart FOR YEARS. I will only "upgrade" when this one falls apart because it still works like a dream, but most importantly, it's easy to clean and PUT AWAY. This 4-cup capacity is the right size for small jobs like dips and spreads.
Whipped Feta Recipe
- 1 clove garlic
- 8 ounces feta cheese
- 4 + 4 ounces (½ + ½ cup) Greek yogurt see Notes about yogurt types and textures
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil + more for serving
- Kosher salt
- chopped fresh parsley or other green herbs like scallions and dill
- toasted pistachios or walnuts
- fresh cracked black pepper for garnish
- more crumbled feta yes, this is a little over the top but it's feta so who cares
- serve with: vegetable crudités and grilled flatbread
- Place garlic, feta, 4 ounces of yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil into food processor. Pulse a few times to combine the ingredients, then process until smooth.
- If the mixture is too thick, add the remaining yogurt 1 tablespoon at a time, until the whipped feta is the consistency of hummus. The consistency will depend on the yogurt. If you prefer a little thinner, add more olive oil.
- Transfer Whipped Feta to bowl, taste, and season with additional lemon juice and salt if necessary.
- If serving Whipped Feta as a dip, transfer to serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle optional garnish ingredients in center.
- Whipped Feta will keep in refrigerator in tightly sealed container for five days.