I love this Greek Red Pepper Feta Dip recipe because it only has five ingredients, takes five minutes to make and it is a favorite that gets eaten up quickly!
Yep, you heard that right! It is pretty much an entertaining-at-the-last-minute miracle.
This Greek roasted red pepper dip is another one of those recipes I learned in our Athens cooking class.
We really had so much fun taking that class! This spicy feta dip recipe was the last one we learned, and it truly only took us five minutes to make it!
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Why We Love This Recipe
Speed and Simplicity: I’m all about recipes that are quick and hassle-free, and this dip is just that. It takes a mere five minutes from start to finish, and with just five ingredients, you can’t get much simpler. Perfect for when you’ve got unexpected guests or just want a quick snack.
Flavor Explosion: The feta cheese brings this amazing creaminess to the table, while the roasted red peppers add a sweet and smoky dimension. Add in a dash of red pepper flakes, and you’ve got a delightful kick of heat that makes the dip incredibly addictive.
Versatile Snacking: This dip is a hit at parties, but it’s also fantastic for a night in. You can pair it with a variety of dippers, from crunchy veggies to warm, fluffy pita bread. It’s versatile and pairs well with pretty much anything.
Crowd-Pleaser: Every time I serve this dip, it’s guaranteed to be a hit. People just can’t seem to get enough of it, and I’m always asked for the recipe. It’s a great feeling when something so simple brings so much joy.
Consistent Winner: Having made this dip countless times, I can vouch for its consistency. It comes out perfect every single time, which is a huge win in my book. It’s one of those reliable recipes that you can fall back on time and time again, knowing it won’t let you down.
Feta Cheese: This is the star of this feta cheese dip show! Feta cheese has a tangy, sharp, and slightly salty flavor that adds a bold and creamy taste to the dip. Its crumbly texture also helps create that perfect dip consistency when blended.
Roasted Red Peppers: These roasted peppers bring a lovely sweetness and a touch of smokiness to this roasted red pepper feta dip. They balance out the tanginess of the feta cheese beautifully, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.
Red Pepper Flakes: These add a subtle heat to the dip, giving it an exciting kick that makes the flavors pop even more. It’s just enough to add some warmth without overpowering the other ingredients.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Herb Infusion: Try adding some fresh or dried herbs to the mix. A little bit of oregano, basil, or thyme can really enhance the Mediterranean vibes and add an extra layer of flavor.
Garlic Kick: If you’re a garlic lover like me, adding a clove of garlic to the food processor when you’re blending everything together can give the dip a nice, zesty kick.
Spice It Up: For those who love their dips with an extra bit of heat, feel free to increase the amount of red pepper flakes, or even add a fresh chili or a splash of hot sauce.
Lemon Zest: A bit of lemon zest or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice can add a bright, citrusy note that really lifts up the flavors and brings a touch of freshness.
Different Cheeses: While feta is the star here, feel free to experiment with other cheeses. A bit of cream cheese or goat cheese could make the dip even creamier.
Veggie Packed: You can also blend in some other roasted vegetables. Think roasted zucchini, eggplant, or tomatoes for an extra veggie boost.
Fresh Herbs: A sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs can add a burst of color and flavor. Fresh parsley, dill, or chives work wonderfully and give a nice fresh contrast to the rich dip.
Toasted Pine Nuts: For a bit of crunch, try sprinkling some toasted pine nuts on top. They add a lovely texture and a nutty flavor that complements the dip perfectly.
Chili Flakes: If you’re a fan of heat, a pinch of red chili flakes can add a vibrant color and a warm kick that spices things up a bit.
Kalamata Olives: These dark, rich olives whole or halved add a bold and beautiful garnish.
How to Make Greek Red Pepper Feta Dip
Step #1: Roughly break up the cheese into chunks and place in the bowl of a food processor or blender.
Step #2: Add the roasted red peppers, salt, and red pepper flakes then pulse the processor a few times. While continuing to pulse, drizzle in the olive oil. Depending on the feta used, you may want to add a bit more olive oil until it reaches a spreadable consistency. I used my handy small-size food processor, which was perfect for this quick job and doesn’t take up a ton of space in my dishwasher.
Step #3: Serve with vegetables like red bell peppers, cucumbers, carrot sticks, celery sticks and warm pita bread, pita chips, crackers or even tortilla chips for dipping.
Quality Ingredients: Since this recipe has such a short ingredient list, every component really needs to shine. Opt for high-quality feta cheese and good olive oil – it makes a world of difference in the final taste.
Drain the Peppers: If you’re using roasted red peppers from a jar, make sure to drain them well before adding to the food processor. You don’t want any extra liquid making the dip too runny.
Pulse, Don’t Blend: When you’re in the food processor, make sure to pulse instead of blending continuously. This helps you to better control the texture, ensuring the dip stays nice and thick.
Adjust to Your Taste: Don’t be afraid to tweak the quantities to suit your taste. Love it spicier? Add more red pepper flakes. Want it creamier? A splash more olive oil will do the trick.
Serve at Room Temperature: This dip tastes best when it’s not too cold. If you’ve stored it in the fridge, let it sit out for a bit before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! This dip actually tastes even better when it has some time for the flavors to meld together. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and give it a good stir before serving. Let it come to room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving for the best flavor.
If your dip turns out a bit on the runny side, you might have added too much olive oil or your roasted red peppers might have been extra juicy. No worries, though! You can fix it by adding a bit more feta cheese and pulsing until you reach the desired consistency.
Roasted red peppers have a sweet, smoky flavor that fresh peppers just can’t match. However, if you’re in a pinch, you can roast fresh red peppers yourself before using them in this recipe. Just keep in mind that the flavor will be a bit different than if you used jarred roasted red peppers.
While a food processor does make quick work of this recipe, you can definitely make it without one. You can finely chop the roasted red peppers and crumble the feta cheese, then mix everything together in a bowl. The texture will be chunkier, but it will still be delicious!
They are both Greek feta-based spreads, but tirokafteri, also known as htipiti in some regions, is creamier, often incorporating yogurt or mayonnaise, and has a spicier kick from hot peppers. This dip is simpler with a sweet note from roasted red peppers and a milder heat.
When stored in an airtight container, this dip should last 3-4 days in the fridge. Just make sure to give it a good stir before serving, as the ingredients may separate over time.
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Greek Red Pepper Feta Dip Recipe
- 8 ounces high-quality feta cheese
- 6 ounces roasted red peppers - use the kind sold in jars and packed in oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Roughly break up the cheese into chunks and place in the bowl of a food processor or blender.
- Add the roasted red peppers, salt, and red pepper flakes then pulse the processor a few times. While continuing to pulse, drizzle in the olive oil. Depending on the feta used, you may want to add a bit more olive oil until it reaches a spreadable consistency.
- Serve with vegetables and warm pita bread for dipping.
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