Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Garlic, Feta and Walnut Dip

I am always on the hunt for new and exciting appetizers to serve when I have company.  I have certain criteria:  It must match the theme of the meal, it must be simple, and it (usually) must be something I haven't made (for that group).

I am having a Mediterranean obsession at the moment.  I had part of a container of ricotta left from this recipe, and one of the party guests was a repeat, so the recipe could not be.

Enter Garlic, Feta and Walnut Dip.  I must confess, my version is a pale replication of the original, but it doesnt bother me if it doesnt bother you!

Having a strong bite from many strong ingredients, I worried it may be too much for the three children in attendance, but no worries.  These children are fed "real" foods at their house so dont have the "chicken tender" buds that many have - and they enjoyed it!

So did the adults!

So grab some crackers or toast some crusty bread and invite the neighbors for some fun!

Garlic, Feta and Walnut Dip (Adapted from Rachel Ray)

4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup milk, plus more for desired consistency
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, a handful of leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Olive Oil for drizzling

    Combine walnuts, feta, ricotta, milk, oregano, parsley, black pepper, red pepper and garlic cloves in food processor and pulse until spread is smooth. Scrape spread into serving dish with spatula. Add more milk for desired consistency.  Drizzle dip with extra-virgin olive oil and serve.


    1. Oh no! Now I have to buy MORE ricotta! (For shame.) Had an issue with my teenager and butternut squash soup last night (many sour faces), but I have the feeling he'd scarf this up. And I've been trying to figure out how to get him to eat walnuts ... So yay!

    2. ;) Ok friend, just for you, there is a secret butternut squash-ale-cheddar soup that is guaranteed to be a hit! Interested? Let me know and I will get you the recipe!!

    3. Ummmmmmmmm YES! It sounds like heaven to me - already with my favorite three soup groups (cheese, butternut squash, and beer!). I must have this yesterday. Thanks!

    4. I make it every September (when I THINK fall should be arriving) I posted the recipe on your blog...