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Whipped Feta Dip with Harissa

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This feta dip is whipped up (pardon the pun) in just two minutes. It’s so so flavourful, thanks to the creamy rich feta and fiery harissa oil on top.
Prep time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
£1.19
Makes: 4
Snack
Middle Eastern
Dip with Harissa, Feta dip, Whipped Feta Dip

Table of Contents

  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to make this recipe
  4. FAQ

Why this recipe works

This cream whipped feta dip with harissa is something sooo special, it’s got to be my new favourite dip. The cream cheese & feta whipped combination, accompanied by the tunisian harissa paste, is such a striking pairing that you’ll want to eat the whole dip yourself. You may have seen the viral whipped feta dip everywhere, but with the addition of the smoky & spicy harissa oil, I can guarantee this will be your favourite.The tangy creamy feta perfectly balances the spicy chilli peppers and garlic to bring you an eclectic mix of full flavours. Offering protein from the feta and cream cheese with antioxidants from the spices, lemon, parsley and garlic and of course those essential omegas from olive oil, this dip provides an amazing balance of nutrients and a sophisticated appetizer for summer lunches. The pairing options are endless! It goes with flatbreads, couscous, stir it into sauces (I made a delicious pasta recipe the other day with it) or enjoy with some crisps.

Close up of dip with harissa oil and parsley

Ingredients

Feta

The star of the show. The salty, rich and tangy feta that we usually find crumbled in a salad, is whipped into the most flavourful dip/spread. Use full fat here so the flavour profile and nutrients are maximised.

Cream cheese

I have opted to use low fat cream cheese here to slightly reduce the calories and fats. We already have a whole block of feta in this recipe, which we will be receiving the nutrients and flavour from the fats, so we can afford to use low-fat cream cheese here. Promise the flavour won’t be compromised!

Lemon Juice

With all the richness of the cream cheese, we need an extra bit of acidity/tang to cut through the creaminess and brighten up the flavour. Enter lemon juice. I haven’t tried lime juice but can imagine that would do the job just fine. Preferably use fresh lemon juice to maximise the flavour and nutrients, but if you only have bottled lemon juice, use that instead.

Extra-virgin olive oil

As we aren’t heating the oil, I’ve opted for extra-virgin olive oil. This is the most flavourful oil which will really amplify the flavours within the harissa paste.

Harissa Paste

Apologies, I have chosen a slightly expensive ingredient here, but this dip is for special occasions and the harissa paste it what brings it to a 10. You’ll only be using 1 tbsp of harissa paste, so to keep the costs down of your weekly shopping bill, try out these other harissa recipes to use up the remaining amount in the jar: https://beatthebudget.com/recipes/harissa-fish-chickpea-tray-bake/

Whipped Feta Dip with Harissa - Ingredients shot

How to make this recipe

To make the dip, start by adding the feta, cream cheese, lemon juice and garlic to a food processor. Add some salt.

Overhead picture of food processor with ingredients

Blend together until you have a smooth and creamy dip.

Ingredients blended together in food processor

Mix the extra virgin olive oil and the harissa paste, which makes a great combination before seasoning with a pinch of salt. In the meantime cut your flat breads in halves and toast them ready to serve with the dip. photo 3

Harissa paste and oil with bowl

Now your feta dip is ready to add to a serving bowl and then add a swirl of the harissa oil over the top, before adding a few fresh curly parsley leaves. Add a sprinkle of paprika and you are ready to impress with this beauty!

Dip in bowl with harissa oil and curly parsley

FAQ

What is harissa?

Harissa is a Tunisian hot pepper chili paste, with the primary ingredient being roasted red peppers. The level of spice can be dependent on the brand so this could be something to research if your worried about the heat!

What is feta cheese made from?

You might be wondering how feta has such a unique flavour when compared to other cheeses. This is due to the main ingredient being sheep’s milk (or a mixture of sheeps/goats milk). I love using it in recipes as although it is high in fat, you can use less of it (in comparison to other cheeses) as it has such a powerful, tangy flavour.

How should I store the feta dip/ how long will the dip last in the fridge?

Store the dip in the fridge for maximum freshness. Once refrigerated though, the dip becomes more of a spread so bare that in mind. If you want to enjoy it as a dip again after refrigerating, set aside to come up to room temperature for an hour before consuming. Consume within 5 days of preparing to stay safe (although I have waited longer). You can freeze this too if you’re worried about leaving it for too long- I don’t think that’ll be an issue though as it’s that good hehe.

 

Dip in bowl with harissa oil and parsley

 

Whipped Feta Dip with Harissa

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4.8 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
£1.19
Snack
Middle Eastern
Dip with Harissa, Feta dip, Whipped Feta Dip
Servings: 4
This feta dip is whipped up (pardon the pun) in just two minutes. It’s so so flavourful, thanks to the creamy rich feta and fiery harissa oil on top.

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 200 g feta (£0.75)
  • 200 g low fat cream cheese (£0.79)
  • ½ lemon, juiced (£0.59/4)=(£0.15)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (£0.69/3)=(£0.23)
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste (£2.00/2)=(£1.00)
  • 320 g (4 pack) flatbreads (£1.35)
  • Bunch of fresh parsley (£0.50)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sprinkle of paprika
  • Salt

Method

  • Start by adding the feta, cream cheese, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor. Season with salt and blend on high until whipped. This will take around 2 minutes.
  • Combine the harissa paste with extra virgin olive oil, season with a pinch of salt.
  • Toast your flatbreads.
  • Add the feta dip into a serving bowl and drizzle over the harissa oil. Swirl the oil into the dip slightly for the aesthetic look and then add a pinch of paprika and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Dip and enjoy!

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 14g
Calories: 368kcal
Carbohydrates: 32g
Protein: 13g

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