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|Servings: 6 to 8|
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|% Daily Value*|
|Saturated Fat 6g||31%|
|dietary fiber 0g||0%|
|total sugar 2g|
|Vitamin C 0 mg||0%|
|Calcium 147 mg||11%|
|iron 0 mg||2%|
|Potassium 40 mg||1 %|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.|
(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)
The tangy, salty flavor and creamy texture of whipped feta make it a filling and versatile spread or dip. But it's also one of the easiest no-cook recipes you'll ever make.
How to make whipped feta
Flavorful feta is mixed and whipped with cream cheese for a fluffy, creamy and inviting spread. This recipe is simple with just two ingredients and a topping of olive oil, pine nuts and black pepper, but the variations are endless.
What kind of feta should I use?
Feta is a firm white cheese traditionally made in Greece from sheep's milk or a combination of sheep's and goat's milk. It offers spicy and salty flavors that can be hot or mild depending on the age of the cheese and the length of the brine. The consistency can be creamy or dry and crumbly.
For whipped feta, it's best to buy the feta in a single block that has been dipped in brine. This preserves the freshness and the consistency remains soft and creamy. Pre-crumbled and dry-packaged feta tends to be too dry. While feta is now made all over the world, this recipe uses Greek feta for its bold flavor.
The other ingredient, cream cheese, is made from cow's milk and cream and offers slightly sweet flavor notes. These balance the intensity of the feta while adding creaminess to the spread.
What to serve with whipped feta
Whipped feta can be spread generously on toasted crusty bread or served with all kinds of veggies, chips, crackers or flatbread.
“Fluffed feta is a great party appetizer that you can make in no time and devour even faster. The soft cheese blend and crunchy pine nuts make a great combination, while the side veggies add freshness and sweetness to every bite.” —Diana Chistruga
8th ounces full-fat sheep's milk feta Cheese stripped of all brine
2 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Gather the ingredients.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, shred the feta and pulse until crumbly, about 10 seconds.
Add the cream cheese and mix until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. If necessary, scrape the sides of the bowl.
Place the whipped feta in a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Scatter over the toasted pine nuts and ground black pepper and serve immediately.
- Adding a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil during the blending process will make the spread even creamier.
- If you don't have a food processor, you can use an immersion blender instead.
- Using full-fat Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese provides a refreshingly tart flavor and texture more reminiscent of a dip or dressing. Use with an appetizer vegetable tray or on leafy green salads.
- You can add flavor with additional ingredients like chopped shallots, fresh or roasted garlic cloves, or lemon juice and zest.
- When it comes to toppings, combine any of the following:
- Other toasted nuts like walnuts, slivered almonds, or pistachios.
- Toasted black, white, or brown sesame seeds.
- Spices like smoked paprika, za'atar, sumac, Aleppo pepper or Urfa Biber.
- Fresh herbs such as basil, thyme, mint, chives, parsley or dill.
- Roasted or dried tomatoes.
- Fresh fruits like berries, peaches, nectarines or figs with a dash of honey.
How to store it
- Whipped feta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. However, it will continue to get thicker. Stir again with a rubber spatula to serve.
- Whipped feta should not be frozen as it will change texture and become grainy.