03 February 2009

Roasted Pepper and Feta Dip

En français ici.
Over at Equal Opportunity Kitchen, there is always something exciting happening. You may think I'm exaggerating, but kid you not. Currently they are participating in events all over the blogosphere, planning a wedding, and curing world hunger, all while posting delicious recipes.

As part of the wedding planning, they are bringing back their Tried, Tested & True event, this time wedding edition, dun-dun-daaaaaa. I'm very excited for Psychgrad and R and, so, was eager to contribute to this event (you can still submit until Feb. 20th).

As some might have noticed from my Lamb with Hearts of Romaine recipe, I've been reading cookbooks about Mediterranean and Greek cooking (much more about that on the lovely blogs of both Ivy and Maria), and having fun experimenting. Feta dip comes up in more than one list of Mediterranean recipes in many different forms. This is my own version that I've tested 3 or 4 times now and think I have gotten to perfection. It can be served on slices of bread, or as a dip with chips and/or vegetables. This recipe is a good appetizer/side for 3-4 people, but it's easy to make a large batch and wouldn't take much longer. I don''t hesitate to serve this recipe to guests for any occasion.

1 yellow pepper
1-2 green chili peppers (I actually used piment vert, a long hot pepper found all over France. I think it might be from northern Africa. You can add more or less hot peppers depending on if you want it spicy or not. Also the longer you roast the hot peppers, the less kick they'll have.)
1 cup feta, crumbled
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon
black pepper to taste

parsley, chopped for garnish

Core and seed the yellow pepper and chili peppers. Quarter and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and roast until tender and starting to brown (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven and put aside to cool.

When cool enough to touch, peel the peppers. (If you're in a hurry you can do without peeling them, but it makes the dip smoother if you do.) In a mixer, blend all the ingredients together (except the parsley). Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Garnish with parsley and serve!


Sam said...

I tried some pepper and feta dip a while ago and I've been searching for the recipe ever since, it's such a delicious combination!

Ivy said...

I's like some of that right now.

Cicero Sings said...

That feta dip looks pretty yummy (as does the bread to go with). D bought some lovely feta just the other day (a new kind to us) ... maybe we could try this recipe.

I think it is interesting about using the vibrations of your voice to calm your body. I'd like to know those exercies! They say that vibrations are very beneficial for the body ... it is one reason cats (because they purrrrrr) don't get certain ailments that say, dogs get. So it doesn't work for every ailment.

Joie de vivre said...

That's so nice. I'll have to check Equal Opportunity Kitchen out.

Psychgrad said...

Thank you for your nice words about our blog! I really like the sounds/looks of the feta dip. R loves feta with anything, so I'm sure he would fully endorse this one (I like it too).

Nina Timm said...

This looks good and I think it will be great with vegetable crudites!

Hopie said...

Sam - There are probably many recipes, but I do recommend this one. It is such a yummy dip!

Ivy - Ok, come on over :-)

Cicero - You should definitely try it. (I'm going to respond to the rest of your comment on your blog because I'm not sure you read these!)

Joie - You should! It's a great blog with very diverse recipes.

Psychgrad - You're welcome! Glad to have used an ingredient that R. loves!

Nina Timm - I think you're right. It would be good with veggies.

Apples and Butter said...

Love the roasted pepper dip! I've always thought about adding them to my hummus but have never done so. Now I can try them in a Feta dip. Great recipe!

David said...

And in such beautiful dishes!

Cicero Sings said...

Hopie ... thanks for the voice/vibe info. We're going to try it ... if it wasn't so late already ... I'd give it a try tonight.

Hopie said...

Apples and Butter - I often add a roasted yellow pepper to my hummus too. I definitely think you should give it a try!

Dad - Yes. The dishes are really what make it so good :-)

Cicero - Let me know how it goes!

Nirvana said...

Looks delicious! I love homemade dips! :)