If you’re a looking for a quick dip for entertaining, check out this Mediterranean Creamy Red Peppers Dip with Feta Cheese!!! It’s soooo good, you can’t stop eating it!! We serve ours with either pita bread or sourdough toasts and top it off with some fresh parsley, toasted pine nuts and more olive oil of course!! Enjoy:). The dip can be served as a Mediterranean meze platter family style for everyone to serve a spoonful or two to their plate or a typical dip.
Mediterranean and Balkan regions are known for plenty of dishes, sides and dips made with red peppers. Here are two of my most famous recipes with red peppers:
We cook them in the oven, we stuff them, we grill them, we pickle them, make them into dips or just serve them fried and some ricotta cheese. Really, the red peppers are so versatile that you can make entire meals and plenty of side dishes with them.
Are there any Mediterranean people who don’t like feta cheese? Maybe not!! It might be a cultural thing, but we grow up eating feta cheese with every meal so it’s only natural that this cheese makes its way on salads, dips, mezes and casseroles. Here are some of my recipes that use plenty of feta cheese:).
When buying feta cheese, keep in mind that the crumbled variety won’t be as flavorful. Try to always buy it in blocks and if it’s immersed in brine, even better.
Tips & Notes
This is a very easy recipe, you’ll get great results even if you’re not precise with measurements. I actually always adjust a bit for salt or pepper or olive oil once I blend initially.
Garlic – I add about 5 cloves of garlic to this recipe. The garlic flavor, salt from feta and sweetness from the red pepper really make for a great dip flavor!! Add more garlic to taste but I think 5 is plenty.
Greek Yogurt – I usually add about 3 tablespoons of Greek yogurt to this dip. The yogurt just makes the dip more creamy, the flavor is milder than the other ingredients so most probably you won’t be able to tell there’s yogurt in there.
Paprika – there different varieties of paprika you can use. If you have just the regular paprika from the grocery store, that’s a mild type and adds red color and mild flavor. But if you have the smoked paprika or spicy paprika, your dip will reflect those nuances too.
Pine Nuts – I love toasted pine nuts on this dip. If you can find them, just toast them on a skillet before adding to the dip. They really add a complexity to the dip and elevate the flavor profile.
Pro Tip – grill, roast or air fry the red peppers to the point where the skin is charred or blistered in few spots. Let cool down then peel the skin!
Red Peppers Dip with Feta Cheese
- 1 Blender
- 3 large red peppers about 1 lb (half a kg)
- 3 oz feta cheese
- 3 tbsps Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsps olive oil extra. virgin
- 2 tbsps Italian parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- salt / pepper to taste
- 0.5 tbsp paprika
- 1 lemon half for dip and half as garnish
- Roast, air fry or grill the red peppers until their skin gets charred and blistered. Peel garlic and set aside. (I usually roast or air fry at 400 degrees F).
- Toast pine nuts for a minute or so on a skillet and set aside. Use medium heat and a wooden spoon to move pine nuts around so they don't get burned.
- Once peppers are cool to touch, peel them and remove seeds. Place peppers on the blender.
- Add yogurt, feta and olive oil to blender. Also add 5 cloves of garlic and salt/pepper to taste. Add paprika and juice from a freshly squeezed lemon (half lemon). Blend thoroughly until smooth. Check for taste and adjust salt, pepper, oil, garlic as needed. Blend again if you added additional quantities.
- Pour dip on serving platter. Garnish with pine nuts, fresh parsley and more olive oil. Add pita breads, toasts, crostinis etc for dipping! Dig in and enjoy:).
- See video for an illustration of the recipe.
- Use a bigger blender than what I did:).
- We usually finish this dip the day we serve it so we never have leftovers, it’s hard to say how long the taste will stay the same if you refrigerate it. Same day won’t be a problem.
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