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Whipped Feta

What do you do when your mother gives you a giant Costco-sized block of Feta?

Whip it good.

It doesn’t get easier than this.

ingredients

Three ingredients (unless you’re feeling fancy), no oven required.

On your mark, get set, go.

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First you put Mount Feta (you have one of those right?)  in a food processor with Greek yogurt and a squeeze of lemon.

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Then…you whip it.

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That’s it.

You barely did anything and now you have delicious, spreadable feta cheese!  This is the life.  I can’t just leave things alone, though.  I added green onion and chopped fresh basil.

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Because yum.  Highly recommended.

addins2Then I chopped some veg

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Schmeared a pita with my handy dandy spreadable feta and added a corn fritter! (a favorite of ours)

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Daniel made tacos.

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Daniel wins this round.

tacoNow, I’m aware that this whipped feta situation is nothing new.  I’ve seen it everywhere.  That just proves it’s good!  The trick is in how you use it…there’s so much more you could do!

-Dip veggies or pita chips or really any chips

-Make a strawberry basil feta grilled cheese that I can’t get out of my head…there’s balsamic reduction involved. Just stop it.

-Use it as a sandwich spread! For basically any sandwich…it’s awesome on an egg sandwich just saying

-Make a pizza with a feta layer UNDER the sauce! Or in place of sauce

Don’t hold back! Let your creativity flow! (Then let me know what you did =))

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

Whipped Feta

Recipe based mainly on this recipe from How Sweet Eats

*A note about salt: I didn’t feel the need to add any.  Feta is pretty salty anyway.  Feel free to add to taste!  Just make sure you taste without first.
**Also this makes quite a lot of spread.  Definitely feel free to cut the recipe in half!
  • 1 pound feta cheese
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice (maybe a teaspoon or two) or to taste
  • Optional
  • sliced green onions
  • chopped fresh basil
  • a couple of grinds of black pepper
  1. Place the feta, yogurt and lemon juice in a food processor fitted with the s-blade (or maybe a blender but I haven’t tried!) and pulse to combine.  Run the processor until you reach a mostly smooth, spreadable consistency.  If you want it chunky stop it sooner!
  2. Pour the spread into a large bowl and taste.  Add salt and pepper as needed (you may not need any salt!) and stir in any additions (green onions, basil, etc)
  3. Serve it up!  Get creative!  Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Basil Hummus

I’m accidentally jumping on this green food for St. Patrick’s day bandwagon.  We’ll pretend I meant to do that.

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Seriously though…have you seen the amount of basil you need to make any significant amount of pesto?  What’s up with that?  Not an option.

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I’ll stick to the occasional package o’ pesto splurge and in the meantime…

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I’m making hummus.

Heck yeah cheater pesto!  This is much easier on my wallet.  Plus…there’s protein in there! Health!

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I know it seems plain but do not underestimate the deliciousness of basil pesto.  Daniel loved it.  That’s all you need to know.

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Oh yeah..I peeled my chickpeas. a la Smitten Kitchen.

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Peeling the peas made the hummus sooo smooooth. The peeling process wasn’t as bad as it sounds.  The skins come off quickly and easily with a satisfying pop of your fingers. Don’t worry.  Peeling not required.

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Do not feel pressured to peel your chickpeas like a crazy person.  That’s what crazy people with snow days and a blog do for fun.

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I even support simply smashing chickpeas with a potato masher and enjoying chunky hummus.  Call it “rustic.”  I’m just trying to tell you that it’s ok to roll your eyes at that step and move on.

(It’s worth trying at least once, though.)

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That is roasted garlic.

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If you have roasted garlic on hand USE IT!  If you have extra time on your hands and feel like roasting some garlic for your hummus DO IT!  Just wrap it in foil and roast it until it gets soft, sweet and delicious.

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Raw garlic or garlic powder work just fine but the rich, sweet flavor of roasted garlic is. the. bomb.

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There’s no oil in my hummus.  I don’t think you need it.  You may certainly add some if you want.  I DID stir some whole toasted pinenuts into my hummus.  For crunch! Also for maximum pesto experience.

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Prepare your veg.

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…aaaaaaand dunk.

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Or go make a sandwich.

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Hummus is yummus!

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(Bet you’ve never heard that one before…clever, right?)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

Basil Hummus

Recipe a conglomeration of my taste and things from the interweb

1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
1 1/4 cup chickpeas (reserve either cooking water or the water from the can)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or a clove or two of fresh garlic OR roasted garlic…highly recommended.)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2-1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (to taste)
1 tablespoon tahini
1/4 cup reserved chickpea water
1 handful of pinenuts (optional)

  1. If you want to, peel your chickpeas.  Just pick them up one at a time and slide the skin off.
  2. This is really complicated. Ready?  Put everything (except the pinenuts) in the food processor fitted with the blade attachment.  Let it run until everything is as smooth as your heart desires.  Be patient.  The longer it runs, the smoother the final product will be.
  3. Stir in pinenuts and drizzle with olive oil (if you want).  Serve as a dip for veggies or crackers or use as a spread for a sandwich.  Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.  It will keep at least a week.

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Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Here it is!  By popular demand.

Daniel can’t get enough.  Guests exclaim.  The bridal shower I made it for practically threatened for the recipe.

I almost hesitate to give it away.  It makes people think I can cook…but it’s so easy you’ll laugh!

The reaction to this dip kind of took me by surprise.  It’s really nothing fancy…but maybe that’s why it’s so great.  It also brings the spinach back to spinach dip.  So often these dips are mostly cream cheese with the occasional hint of green as a nod to its namesake.  This one highlights the spinach and artichoke without sacrificing flavor or texture.

Everything else has some wiggle room but you definitely need at least

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and artichoke hearts.

Oh, and cheese.  Plenty of cheese. I don’t care what kind but make sure there’s plenty.

This bowl (made by Daniel! That talented guy.) includes mozzarella for the melty gooey effect,  Parmesan for a punch of flavor, and feta because we’re obsessed.

This couldn’t be easier.

Get your onion, garlic salt and pepper situation together then:

Chop it all up, mix it all together with the creamy bits, bake, eat.

Seriously.  Done.  Do it.

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Recipe adapted from this recipe

13.75 oz jar of artichoke hears (I used the kind packed in water, not marinated), drained
Spinach [either fresh (use two 6 oz. bags, chopped) or frozen (10 oz package), thawed and squeezed]
1/2 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 cup  mayonnaise
1/3 cup (freshly grated!!) parmesan cheese
1/3 cup feta cheese
4 oz (at least) mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste

 **Choose whatever cheeses you want!  Make sure you include mozzarella or another soft melty cheese to get that awesome texture.  Also let’s be real: want more cheese? Do it.  Go crazy.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

2. Finely chop the onions and garlic.  A food processor makes life easier here but a knife will work just fine.  Coarsely chop the artichoke hearts and combine with the onions and garlic.  I like to leave nice big chunks of artichoke

3. Combine all the ingredients (including chopped veggies, yogurt, mayonnaise, salt and pepper) in a medium bowl until everything is well distributed

4. Spread evenly in an oven proof dish, grate more Parmesan cheese in a thin layer on top and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes, or until hot, lightly browned and cheese is melted.
Serve immediately with pita chips (or any delicious scooper).  You could also just eat it straight up.  With a spoon.  You would not be the first.
Note:  This dip is just as tasty (if not tastier) reheated.  You can absolutely make it the day before and warm before serving.

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