Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Crowd Favorite: Feta Dip

I thought I’d share this awesome super easy no-cook appetizer that has always been a hit.  This is that ONE recipe that I always get asked for the most.  And it’s ridiculously, embarrassingly easy. 

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Here’s what you need:
olive oil
1 block (1#) of feta cheese  (I don’t like the pre-crumbled kind because I think it is dry)
tomatoes (any kind)…I use about 3 Roma’s
1 bunch of green onions
1 baguette
Greek Seasoning (see pic below)
1 large platter
0371. Wet the platter generously with olive oil.039 2. Dice the green onions and tomatoes.042 3. Throw them on the olive oil.043 4. Crumble the feta cheese and throw that on the platter.  045 4. Sprinkle the Greek Seasoning on top.  (I use about 3 tsp.)  I have seen this brand everywhere…it shouldn’t be hard to find.  (If you can't find it, you can sub with oregano and a little pepper and some salt to taste.)046 0534. Mix it gently all together…048  5.  Until it looks like this.  (Festive, huh?)055 5.  Slice the baguette.  A special word about the bread…it MAKES the dip.  I have found that the best bread is FRESH, bakery kind….the kind that comes in the long skinny paper bag.   You want it bite-sized and you want to cut it thin…057 6.  …because this is how people will “dip”.  Or you can include a spoon if the people you hang around with are super polite and dainty.  I have never found that to be necessary.

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101 comments:

Kennagurl said...

YUM !! I am so making this. Thanks for sharing :)

Erin said...

A recipe that even I can follow! Thank you Sarah! Love your pictures and step by step instructions. I'm going to make this over Thanksgiving and completely shock my family with my culinary skills. It looks delicious.

I loved hearing memories about your dad. I used to sit in front of the TV with my dad at night too, but he would let ME do HIS hair. My sister and I would put bows in his hair and laugh and laugh...

Traci said...

YUM is right! I think I can manage this one. Looks delicious, easy, and something everyone will like!

Shari said...

Oh my gosh Erin, I can totally see your dad sitting there letting you and Carly do that. :)

But, back to this fabulous recipe! YUM!!! Can't wait to try it. Wonder what it would be like with a little basalmic (can't remember how to spell that!) vinegar mixed in with the olive oil????

Shari said...

Balsalmic? Someone help me!

Carin said...

Oh that looks so yummy!

DreamCatcher said...

Being greek and actually living in Greece, I can assure you Sarah, that there is no such thing as a "greek seasoning"!
I'd guess the ingrediants have something to do with oregano and/or thyme.
Dried fresh oregano will do the trick as well and the smell and taste are sooo much better.
This recipe is actually the go-to food moms all over the country give their children when there is not time for some proper food. Only we do it a bit differently and mostly in the summer when tomatoes are ripe and sweet. I sort of do the steps backwards. First cut the bread, then grind on top the tomatoes and feta, then sprinkle with the olive oil and oregano
@Shari: I think just a bit of the sweetest balsamic would be great. I'll try it next time!

Cindy said...

This looks amazing!
Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy the day Sarah

Kerri said...

Ohhh I can't wait to try this one!
Thanks Sarah!

Ami said...

Thanks for sharing!! Can't wait to try it out over the holidays!

possiblereturnblogger said...

I found this recipe earlier this summer on your blog...it is now a favortie! We ate it for at least one meal each weekend all summer and I often had any leftovers (ha!) for breakfast...sooooo good. It is now requested at family gatherings by my teenage neices and my (super..I mean SUPER) picky kid has been seen nibbling away now and again. Must be all those sighs of contentment she hears...
Thanks for such a fab recipe!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

THANK YOU! I love recipes like this when they are easy and look as amazing as they taste! (And if I didn't already say so....I love this months header. You take the best photos!)

Jen said...

Looks like a real crowd pleaser.

dbrown1695 said...

i love this recipe and have made it several times. it has been passed to my sister in law and i am sure she has passed it along too. you can't mess it up. it is always good!

Brian and Staci said...

I've made this SEVERAL times since I saw this posted in your recipes....and you are right...it's a hit EVERY time!!!! Although, I don't think I have been using enough olive oil...so, guess this means I need to make it very soon to try it out again!!! Thanks Sarah!

The DG Family said...

This looks tasty and fresh! Thank you for sharing, we will have this at our next function for sure.

Megan said...

I found this on your cooking site and have made it several times - LOVE it! But it's shameful how I gobble it up!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Ooooh I think I could actually do this one!

kristine said...

perfect! we are hosting friends this sunday for football and i was just beginning to brainstorm easy apps!

Colleen said...

Sarah, you came through at just the right time! I am going to a bridal shower tomorrow night, and I have to bring an app. This looks amazingly delicious :)

Wendy said...

I too found this on your cooking blog and have made it for a neighborhood party and fall family night at my daughter's school...and it is always gone by the time I go back to get my platter...that always makes you feel good when you bring something to a party...everyone loves it! Thanks!

CCB said...

YUM! Thanks for posting =).... this will be a great recipe to bring to our next family gathering.

NanaDiana said...

Ohh! I LOVE recipes like this. I am copying it over to my recipe file right now! Thank you SO much...hmmm...I guess the uncrumbled Feta cheese must be in the deli case? I hope I can find the Greek seasoning. Hugs- Diana

Meg said...

LOVE THIS! This recipe is lick the plate clean good. In our bunco group we use a spice called "Zaatar".. it is a Lebanese spice and we drive into Chicago to buy it and share it (pass it around in little baggies like weed)!

It is that good.

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

I want some....now.

Richella said...

THANK YOU. Very, very much. This looks absolutely delicious. And judging from the comments ahead of me, I'd say I'm not the only one who's going to be making some of this!

Jessica B said...

Sarah! You totally just saved me the torture of trying to figure out what to bring to a get-together I have to go to on Friday!! This looks perfectly awesome and I am positive it will be a huge hit! If for some strange reason it doesn't go over with the crowd, I'll happily bring it home because I am POSITIVE it will be a hit with me. :)

Ashley said...

Oh yum yum yum!!!!

Shell in your Pocket said...

Okay...I am loving this recipe! I have a teacher's luncheon and I may use this!

sandy toe

Renee said...

the super long skinny kind of french bread is called a baguette ;)

Jess said...

yum!!! this looks so good!!!

thedomesticfringe said...

Wow, this does sound and look really, really good. I'll have to try this. Thanks!

-FringeGirl

Sarah said...

Thank you Renee...for the life of me all I could think of was "long skinny French bread." It's called mommy brain and I had it BADLY when I typed this post!
Meg...Zatar works well too...I used to use that but I had to drive across town to get that little bag of "weed" :), at the Lebanese food store.

Your Southern Peach said...

OH my this looks divine!! I will try this very soon. Thank you!

jessica kiehn said...

good heavens...thank you. This is perfect. Just fancy enough and suuuper easy. THANKS!!

Julie F. said...

A very famous franchised restaurant in Chicago has a similar tasting recipe on it's menu... AND I LOVE IT!

I love easy, AND I love delicious! Thanks!

Allyson said...

Putting the ingredients in my iphone tonight . . .

naomimarcus said...

Can't wait to make this!

Mindy said...

I can't wait to make this for a family soup supper after a wedding in a couple of weeks. My husband and I will be dying for something fresh and bright tasting!

Courtney said...

Had this for lunch and a dinner appetizer last week. Decided to serve for Thanksgiving appetizer as well. Delicious! I couldn't find that Greek seasoning (although I know I've seen it before!), so I used a Mediterranean seasoning. Still very good.

Sarah said...

I made this last night for a Christmas party and everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I plan on making it again soon!

corners of my life said...

I will be making Sarah's Feta Dip for my Wine on Wednesday gathering this week. Thanks!

Jeannetta said...

Holy cow YUM! I am NOT waiting for a Christmas party :D

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I have printed this off & I'm looking forward to trying it. It's unlike anything I've ever made & I like to surprise my book club girls with something new. And it was so smart to make a "printer friendly version". Thank you!

Warmly, Michelle

Creations and Inspirations said...

Just found your blog via this recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing I have the tomatoes and onion growing away perfect for a summer day recipe! You should check out my blog too and follow me too if you like :)

kristinwithani said...

Made this for lunch yesterday. Just for ME! In a smaller version. Delish.

Lanell said...

I made your recipe today for a going away event and it was gone in about 20 minutes. Thank you for such a delicious and easy recipe. I followed your instructions exactly and it was absolutely delicious.

Lanell said...

I made this delicious dip on Sunday and it was an absolute hit.

Brandi said...

Oh YUM...this sounds and looks so delicious!

Meagan said...

I made this for a party last night, it was a big hit! Thank you for the recipe. I added some some olives to mine and it was so good.

kristin said...

i saw this on pinterest and can't wait to try it. i LOVE Cavender's but have never seen it referenced in a recipe.

Elle Meyers said...

My sis pinned this on Pinterest.com, and I just tried it. I LOVE it! Sooo easy and tasty! Thank you for sharing!

- Elle Meyers
ellemeyers.blogspot.com

Jolon said...

I was so excited to make this and bought the seasoning recommended in the recipe... only to get it home and find it contains MSG :( Guess we'll just replace with other spices.

Sarah said...

Jolon- They list most of the ingredients on the back of that spice-I think it would be easy to replicate, mostly with a little salt and oregano. Sorry!

Rachel said...

I've made this twice now, it's so good! I did change it because I didn't have that spice. I used some fresh garlic pressed and about 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped up. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! :)
Blessings, Rachel

Amy G. said...

I've made this several times now and looooove it. I have a hard time not eating it all myself!

elizabeth said...

I've now made this twice and it's AMAZING. It would also be great tossed with pasta or even topping chicken or eggplant. We didn't have bread the second time and used saltines - still AWESOME.
This will be a staple in our house from now on.

SaraKoller said...

This is amazing!!! Totally using this recipe for a friends baby shower!!! Thank You!!!

Michele said...

Sounds and looks so delicious!

Kate Canales Locke said...

People, I've made this twice and it is a huge hit. SUPER easy to make and delicious! Don't hesitate to make this recipe.

Sara said...

This looks so easy and delicious! Can't wait to try it!

Darci said...

Made this at Thanksgiving and it was gone in 15 minutes! I used a can of diced tomatoes. Also lightly buttered the baguette slices and toasted under the broiler for a few before putting them out. Seriously delish. Thanks!!!

Montalvo Country said...

I want to eat this with a spoon!!! YUM!!!!!!! Can't wait to make it :) Found you via pinterest :)

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Margie said...

All our friends are calling this Feta Bruschetta and it's a huge hit at get togethers. Thank you!

Noelle said...

If I were to take this to a party could I make it ahead of time (without a platter) or would I need to assemble it once I got there?

Tejomo08 said...

I cannot wait to make this! I have two little girls who are about as obsessive about feta cheese as I am. I think this will be a hit! And if there are any leftovers... Omelet here we come!! Thanks for the recipe!

Stepfordmom75 said...

Thinking this with some chopped black olives added in...totally happening on New Years!

Sandy said...

I've made this 1/2 dozen times now. Always a big hit. I've even made it and ate it for lunch or dinner, it's THAT good.
Thanks for posting and helping me add 5 pounds!
Time to put the New Year's Resolution in motion.

Clare said...

LOVE this recipe. Found it a few months ago and now it's my husband's and my go to dinner when we don't feel like cooking. We call it "Lazy Man's Greek Salad" and I could eat it all day. You are so right in that the bread makes the dip!

Michael said...

Found this via Pinterest. (What did we do before Pinterest?!) I'm making it for a family party this weekend and I'm always paranoid about trying new recipes so I made a tiny batch to try. It's incredibly delicious! Thankfully, the Greek seasoning was easy to find. This will be especially delicious in the summer with tomatoes from my own garden. Thank you so much!

Lauren Crosby said...

Easy, wonderful and fresh! Definitely will be my new go to appetizer recipe, especially when I'm in a rush. I even made it about an hour ahead of time and put it in the fridge and it was fine. The flavors just mixed together a little more. Thanks for the recipe!!

Aimee said...

I can't wait to try this one! I've been a huge fan of Cavender's Greek Seasoning since I was a kid. I use it in almost everything!

Thanks,
Aimee
Wonderfully Domestic
http://wonderfullydomestic.blogspot.com/

brinafair said...

Thanks for sharing. Made this for our appetizer tonight and there may be none left by the time the guests get here. Delicious!!!!!

Angie Simonsen said...

This is great! I don't use the Greek Seasoning though as it contains MSG, and instead use a bit of dried Oregano, fresh cracked pepper, a bit of sea salt and some fresh basil strips. We have to make things GF, so I serve it the the "Smokehouse" flavor of Nuthouse crackers - DELISH!!!

Sheri said...

Cavender's Greek Seasoning has been around for over 30 years. I first had it on shrimp in Tarpon Springs sponge docks. Tarpon Springs, Florida holds the largest Greek community in the nation. Most Tarpon Springs Greek restaurants use Cavender's and butter on seafood of all kind. It's a wonderful Greek seasoning that I use on everything. You should try it. :)

Darci said...

I have made this several times now and it is Amazing! Super Easy! and has been a huge hit with everyone! Thanks so much for posting the recipe!!

Dana said...

I've now made this about 6 times and each time it's a hit! I usually add chopped kalamata olives too. Because of the MSG in that brand of greek seasoning, I use Penzy's spices Greek seasoning. Delish!

Kendall Hoover said...

YUM YUM YUM!!! Got here through Pinterest and once again so thankful for whoever invented Pinterest. Keep writing!

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emily @morefromthemoorefamily said...

Saw this on Pinterst... it's PERFECT! My SIL LOVES Feta Cheese and it will be awesome for her baby shower in a couple of weeks! Thanks again!

Tiffany ~ One Bite of Anything said...

This dip is delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Elaina Newton said...

Yum! Cavenders is my absolute favorite go-to meat seasoning. It's especially good on steak. I never would have thought to add it to a dip. What a great idea. Thanks!

-Elaina

http://www.therisingspoon.com

Elaina Newton said...

Oh, and @Dana's comment from above, I've seen a Salt-Free version of Cavenders in grocery stores before (it has a blue label instead of red). I haven't checked the back label to be sure, but I figure that version would be MSG free. I still use the original (even though I probably shouldn't). :)

-Elaina
http://www.therisingspoon.com

Vera said...

I was craving this but I didn't have tomatoes or a baguette, so I made it with sundried tomatoes and pita chips ~ Super Yum! :)

Toni Fico said...

This is a fabulous tasting, easy recipe. Made it for Thanksgiving - big hit! I used Mediterranean Seasoning and the flavor was excellent. This will be a regular for our family!

sarah said...

I bookmarked this before pinterest existed, when pinterest started it was one of the first thing I pinned on my recipe board, but I never got around to making it until last night. It was a HIT!!! So delicious and EASY EASY EASY! I'm having the pitiful amount of leftovers for lunch today :)

Poekitten said...

I use this Greek seasoning on EVERYTHING. When it doubt, throw it in. On meat, veggies, in soup, EVERYTHING:)

Can't wait to try this recipe!

Rachael said...

I had this at a party last night! AH-MAZE-ING!!!!! A definite keeper!!!!!

Jill Dominguez said...

Brought this tonight at work for our progressive dinner....it is DELICIOUS! We used baguette as suggested but we toasted it. I would say that toasting it made a big difference. Definitely a keeper!

strawberrryblond said...

Hi there! This looks deelish :)

Trying this out for my Christmas party tonight... if I make it this morning, will it still taste as fresh tonight? Thanks! :)

Ann Walsh said...

Just found this recipe through Pinterest and can't wait to try it. I have to say though, that subbing anything at all for Cavenders' Greek Seasoning is a no-no in our house! We live in Canada and actually import it by the 5lb tub from Jane Cavender herself because it is basically the only seasoning we ever use! It will definitely be Cavender's going onto our dip. Thanks for the recipe :-)

juclucy said...

Just Fabulous! You need to be on Pinterest......

Peggy Powell said...

Since I have every item on hand, this is a must. The Cavender's Greek seasoning is my all time favorite. It's just the right blend of traditional greek flavors. Can't wait to wow my family with this. Thanks for sharing.

Brittany Durham said...

My family is also Greek and we make something similar to this all the time but instead start with crumbled feta and then top with chopped green onions and tomatoes and sprinkle with a spice called zaatar (which is amazing) and then drizzle with olive oil (a lot of olive oil) and let set for a couple hours so the cheese soaks up the oil. SOOOOO GOOD!

Vicki Gilsinger said...

I've made this twice once I added kalamata olives and the second time forgot them, both were outstanding but since I love kalamata olives I loved that version better, hub liked without the olives, co-workers didn't get the olive version lol but will soon, my new favorite appetizer simple and SOOOOO tasty

Unknown said...

In Greece this is our everyday salad, specially in the summer.Try these ingredients in pizza dough too.

DalilahBlue said...

Cavender's is awesome; I use it on everything. The main notes are oregano and garlic, with salt and black pepper following. Since it is so addicting, I wouldn't be surprised to find illegal substances among the ingredients! Seriously, try sprinkling this stuff on some good olive oil and having it with a good bread.

Lee B said...

Well, I searched Pinterest for an easy appetizer and low and behold, your blog, which I read almost every day, came up! I made this for my Sunday School party and it was SUCH A HIT! All the men and women loved it. I could eat it everyday if someone would do all the dicing! Thanks!

kristinwithani said...

Sarah, I clicked on this link because someone clicked on it from my blog today. I totally forgot that this recipe is what brought me to your blog in the first place! I make this recipe all the time but have so enjoyed reading your blog over the years too.

Tara Lepine said...

So fresh and delicious for a summertime app ! Great Recipe !

Rachel Page said...

Definitely adding those to my repertoire! Thanks for sharing. You always make amazing food!!!

Lauren Hammond said...

So good! Shared on my Facebook business page :)

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