If you need a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s easy to make and delicious, check out this Creamy Whipped Feta with Honey Dip. The secret is baking the feta before whipping so it becomes extra velvety smooth! And it’s loaded with flavorful extras like honey, walnuts, thyme, and red pepper flakes. It’s sure to be a hit at your next party or gathering!
- Why this Feta Dip Recipe is the Perfect Appetizer
- What is Feta?
- Why You’ll Love Creamy Whipped Feta with Honey Dip
- Recipe Ingredients
- Ingredient Notes
- How to Make Creamy Whipped Feta Dip: Step-By-Step
- Recipe Substitutions and Variations
- Recipe Tips
- Storage Instructions
- What to Serve with Feta Dip
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More Recipes with Feta
- Printable Recipe Card
- Pin this Recipe for Later!
Why this Feta Dip Recipe is the Perfect Appetizer
This is the dreamiest dip EVER! Pretty bold statement, I know. But I genuinely believe it to be true.
That said, the ultimate appetizer is not just about deliciousness. This cheesy dip is also a great option because it’s incredibly easy to make. You only need a few simple ingredients, and it’s minimal effort from there.
Feta is baked for a short time before being whipped. This makes for a fluffy dip that’s even more silky smooth than simply whipping alone. It’s well with the effort to avoid a meh dip with a really grainy texture.
The result is a warm, super-creamy dip that pairs beautifully with crispy pita bread (pitta bread) or crunchy veggies. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for a group of friends, your next party, those exciting game days, or simply looking for a delicious snack, this appetizer always puts a smile on people’s faces.
What is Feta?
Feta is a brined cheese that originates from Greece. It is traditionally made by curdling sheep’s milk or a combination of sheep’s and goat’s milk. After curdling, the cheese is cut into blocks or slices and soaked in a brine solution, which typically contains water, salt, and sometimes other ingredients like herbs or spices. This brining process helps to enhance the flavor, preserve the cheese, and contribute to its characteristic texture.
The brine gives the feta its distinct tangy and salty taste, which is a perfect seasoning for crumbling over salads, stews, wraps, or tacos. And today, I will show you how to enjoy feta as a warm and INSANELY CREAMY dip!
If you’re looking for more delicious appetizers, I’ve got plenty more for you to choose from. Head over to appetizers, where you’ll find everything from Salsas to Baked Brie Tarts and Sausages Wrapped in Bacon.
Why You’ll Love Creamy Whipped Feta with Honey Dip
- Irresistible Flavor: A good-quality block of feta cheese + sweet honey = a mouthwatering balance of rich and savory. It’s gonna have you doing a happy dance around your kitchen!
- Easy to Make: Minimal ingredients and simple preparation make this recipe a breeze.
- Versatile: Need an appetizer? Check. Craving a snack to munch on? Double check. Planning a fancy mezze platter? Oh yeah, this versatile dip has got you covered. It’s the chameleon of appetizers, adapting to any occasion like a pro!
- Impressive Presentation: Prepare for some serious “oohs” and “aahs” when you bring this dip to the table. Picture this, a creamy warm dip glistening with honey, adorned with crunchy walnuts, and shimmering with flecks of red pepper flakes. It’s pure eye candy.
Here are the ingredients you’re going to need from the grocery store to make this delicious appetizer:
- Feta Cheese (Block Form): The star of this feta dip recipe, feta cheese, provides a tangy and salty flavor that adds depth to the dip. Choose a high-quality feta cheese for the best flavor.
- Cream Cheese: I love to combine feta with cream cheese for extra creamy richness.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Use good-quality extra virgin olive oil for added richness and beautiful flavor.
- Runny Honey: The sweetness balances out the creamy richness. I love using local honey.
- Red Pepper Flakes (Chili Flakes): Add a kick of heat to the dip and balance out the sweetness of the honey.
- Fresh Thyme Leaves: For their herbaceous and delicate savory flavor.
How to Make Creamy Whipped Feta Dip: Step-By-Step
This is such an easy recipe. Here’s how to make your Creamy Whipped Feta with Honey Dip in five simple illustrated steps:
- Bake Feta
Place the blocks of feta on a prepared baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, and sprinkle fresh thyme leaves and red pepper flakes over the top. Transfer them to a hot oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Baked Feta
Once baked, remove the feta from the oven and carefully transfer it to the bowl of a food processor.
- Add Ingredients
Add the cream cheese and honey to the baked feta.
- Whip Feta
Blitz until silky smooth.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Pour your creamy feta dip into a shallow bowl and make some craters with the back of a spoon. Top with chopped walnuts, extra honey, thyme leaves, and red pepper flakes. Serve while it’s still warm, and enjoy!
Find the recipe card with exact ingredients and full recipe instructions at the bottom of this page. ⇩
Recipe Substitutions and Variations
While this creamy whipped feta dip with honey is already a winning combination, I know sometimes it’s nice to make your own version. So, I’ve got some fantastic substitutions and variations for you to try.
- Cream Cheese: Instead of adding cream cheese, you could use Greek yogurt for more authentic Mediterranean vibes or even sour cream. Both bring extra tangy flavor, which compliments the tangy feta.
- Fresh Herbs: Experiment with rosemary or oregano to infuse the dip with unique flavors.
- Spicy Twist: I’ve chosen to bring the heat with red pepper flakes, but you could try adding a dash of hot sauce, a spinkle of cayenne pepper, or some finely chopped jalapeños. Hot honey (or spicy honey) is incredibly good too!
- Seeds: If you don’t want to add nuts, you can still add a little crunch with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
- Nuts: Chopped walnuts are only one of many yummy options here. Chopped pistachios, pecans, or pine nuts are all delicious alternative nutty toppings.
- Roasted Garlic: If you’re a fan of garlic, try adding a chopped clove (or two) to the baking sheet along with the feta. Blitz with the rest of the ingredients so it is well combined in the dip. Delicious! Alternatively, add minced garlic to the food processor for a more intense garlicky flavor.
- No Spice: Omit the red pepper flakes if you’d like less or no spice. For seasoning, I’d be tempted to add some cracked black pepper just for a little lift. But that’s totally up to you.
- Bring the feta to room temperature before baking. Allowing the feta to reach room temperature ensures even melting and a smooth consistency throughout the dip.
- Serve it while it’s warm and gooey. For the ultimate enjoyment factor, serve the dip immediately. This way, you’ll experience just the right amount of gooeyness from your dip.
- Adjust the spice level to your liking. Customize the level of spice by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your tastes.
NUTRITION TIP: Feta cheese offers potential probiotic benefits. As a fermented cheese, feta undergoes a process that introduces beneficial bacteria, which may support gut health. [Source] Additionally, it provides a good amount of protein, calcium, and phosphorus, which are essential for strong bones and teeth. [Source] It’s worth noting that feta cheese should be enjoyed in moderation due to its sodium content. So, savor the creamy tang of feta while reaping its potential probiotic advantages as part of a balanced diet.
- Storage: Whipped feta dip is best enjoyed fresh after being prepared. However, if you have any leftover dip, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Let the dip come to room temperature before dipping, as it will thicken in the fridge.
- Freezing: This dip is not suitable for freezing.
What to Serve with Feta Dip
- Veggie Platter: Serve your delicious dip alongside a serving platter of raw veggies, such as carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and bell pepper strips.
- Bread: Use your honey whipped feta dip as a sandwich spread on a slice of crusty sourdough or warm pita bread.
- Chips: Crunchy wholemeal tortilla chips and pita chips offer a brilliant texture contrast.
- Charcuterie Board: Baked feta dip is the perfect addition to a charcuterie board, along with some charcuterie crackers and vegetable crudités.
Frequently Asked Questions
While fresh thyme leaves provide the best flavor, you can substitute dried thyme if that’s what you have on hand. Just remember to reduce the quantity by half, as dried herbs are more concentrated.
Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or dietary restrictions.
WEIGHT LOSS TIP: We can still enjoy the deliciousness of this baked feta dip while staying on track with our weight loss goals. Practice mindful eating and pair the dip with nutritious options like whole grain crackers and colorful vegetable crudités for a more balanced and well-rounded snack. Remember, it’s all about finding that healthy equilibrium while savoring every bite.
More Recipes with Feta
If you love feta and enjoyed this recipe, here are more recipes that feature feta cheese:
- Spinach Couscous Salad with Feta
- Egg Spinach Feta Egg Cups
- Fresh Vegetable Salad with Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
- Spiced Lamb Lettuce Wraps
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Creamy Whipped Feta with Honey Dip
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- 14 ounces (2x 200 gram blocks) feta cheese , at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (chilli flakes)
- 7 ounces (200 grams) reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon runny honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, for crunch
- 1 tablespoon runny honey, for an extra touch of sweetness
- ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, for freshness
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes (chilli flakes), for heat
- Preparation: Gather and prepare your ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400ºF/200ºC/Gas Mark 6. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Bake Feta: Add the blocks of feta to the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with the fresh thyme leaves and red pepper flakes. Bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes.
- Whip Feta: Remove the feta from the oven and carefully transfer it to the bowl of a food processor. Add the cream cheese and honey. Blitz until silky smooth. It takes about 2-3 minutes.
- Serve and Enjoy: Pour the creamy feta dip into a serving bowl and make craters in the center of the cheese for all the toppings to sink into. Top with chopped walnuts, extra honey, thyme leaves, and red pepper flakes. Serve while the dip is still warm, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
Nutrition Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. For accuracy, we recommend you calculate using the exact ingredients and brands you used.