Monday, August 9, 2010

Spicy Feta Spread

Spicy Feta Spread
When it comes to semi-fast food restaurants, Daphne's Greek Cafe was one of my favorites. I like Greek food and to have a store nearby that had good, made-to-order food items, like gyros and Greek salads, was great. Then the midtown location suddenly closed. Such a disappointment.

One of my favorite items there was their Fire Feta. It was a spicy hot feta cheese mixture that they put on sandwiches and salads. I always ordered my items with it and even bought take-out tubs of it for home. I'd make my own Spicy Chicken Salad at home. When Poor Girl saw me buying the tubs at $5 a pop, she made a good point - why not  just make your own? Then with the store closing, it became a necessity.

I then found a video recipe for Volcano Feta. But my first attempt to make the recipe was pretty  miserable. It didn't mix well and was very clumpy. That's when I took out the food processor. My successful version tastes great and is a creamy spread. The creaminess actually makes my version a much better one to use for a party dip with pita bread (instead of hummus) or as a sandwich spread.

When I use it on my salad, I turn it into a dressing by mixing a big spoonful with some flax seed oil (healthier) and lemon juice.

Spicy Feta Spread

16 oz. of feta cheese in block form (not pre-crumbled)
4 oz of sun dried tomatoes
4 oz of roasted red peppers
1 T red pepper flakes
1 t freshly ground pepper
2 large cloves of garlic

Throw all the ingredients into a food processor. Also pour some of the oil from the jars of tomatoes and peppers (if you use store bought). Just note that you want to keep enough oil in the jars to cover the leftovers that you'll be keeping for next time. Process the ingredients until smooth. Add more red pepper to taste depending on how spicy you like it.


Feta Cheese- جبنة فيتا

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