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Recipe: Feta Whip Dip

Recipe: Feta Whip Dip

Feta Whip Dip

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Nickola_Che/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

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Feta Whip Dip

What do you get when you combine lemon juice, Greek yogurt, feta cheese, along with Greek herbs and spices? A dip that’s truly feta-nominal! 

Get ready to say goodbye to plain old chips and hello to a world of taste! This creamy, herby concoction brings the fresh and flavorful essence of the Mediterranean right to your table. It’s the perfect partner for Roasted Za’atar Honeyed Carrots and Turkish Sweet Pepper Kid Kabobs. Opa!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Medium bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Kid-safe knife
  • Zester (or grater with small zesting plate/side)
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
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Ingredients

Feta Whip Dip

  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 C plain Greek yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub plain coconut or soy-based yogurt)**
  • 1/2 C feta cheese **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub 1/4 C nutritional yeast + 1 pinch salt)**
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 2 tsp honey

Food Allergen Substitutions

Feta Whip Dip

  • Dairy: Substitute plain coconut or soy-based yogurt for plain Greek yogurt. For 1/2 C feta cheese, substitute 1/4 C nutritional yeast + 1 pinch of salt.

Instructions

Feta Whip Dip

1.
zest + juice

Zest and juice 1/2 lemon into a medium bowl.

2.
measure + whisk

Measure and add 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup feta cheese, 1 pinch of black pepper, 1 pinch of garlic powder, 1 pinch of oregano, and 2 teaspoons honey to the medium bowl with the lemon zest and juice. Whisk until all the ingredients are well combined. Then, whisk some more! You want to whisk until the feta starts to break apart into tiny pieces.

3.
dip + dunk

Serve alongside Turkish Sweet Pepper Kid Kabobs and Roasted Za’atar Honeyed Carrots. You can dunk either one or both into your dip! Cheers!

Surprise Ingredient: Feta!

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Photo by 22Images Studio/Shutterstock.com (feta slices with olive oil and oregano)

Hi! I'm Feta! 

"I'm a salty Greek cheese! In Greek, my name means "slice." I'm great on a Greek salad or pizza, go well with olives and pita wedges, and add a wonderful tangy flavor to scrambled eggs!"

  • Feta goes back to at least the 8th century BCE. Homer writes about the cheese in his epic poem, the "Odyssey."
  • To be called "feta," a cheese must be produced in Greece and have the correct amount of sheep's milk: 70 to 100 percent. It also must be cured for at least three months in brine.
  • "Feta" is a legal designation similar to Champagne or Roquefort. Romania, Bulgaria, France, and Denmark, among others, make similar cheeses, but they can't be called "feta."
  • In the United States, Greek-style "feta" refers to an American-made crumbly, white, brined cheese made from cow's milk. 
  • Feta cheese can be made from the milk of sheep or sheep and goat (no more than 30 percent can be goat's milk). 
  • Feta cheese is about 25 percent fat, of which about two-thirds is saturated.
  • Feta is high in calcium and vitamin B12.
  • A 1.25-ounce cube of feta cheese has about 100 calories.

Let's Learn About Greece!

Photo by NadyaEugene/Shutterstock.com

Ancient Greece

  • Ancient Greece was a civilization in the northeastern Mediterranean region that existed from about 1100 BCE to 600 CE. Democracy began there in Athens in the 5th century BCE.
  • The first Olympics were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the plains of Olympia. Ancient Olympic sports included running, chariot racing, mule-cart racing, boxing, discus throw, long jump, wrestling, and pankration, a wild cross between wrestling and boxing with no rules except biting and eye-gouging!
  • A few of the well-known figures from this period were: Alexander the Great, who ruled over the whole empire from 336 to 323 BCE; Hippocrates, a physician referred to as the Father of Medicine; Herodotus, called the Father of History, who wrote his "Histories" about the Greco-Persian wars; Socrates, considered the founder of Western Philosophy; Plato, an author and philosopher who founded the first academy of higher learning in the West; Aristotle, a student of Plato's who also founded a school of philosophy; and Thales, a mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and one of the Seven Sages of Greece.  

Modern Greece

  • Greece, in Southeast Europe, is officially called the Hellenic Republic. Its government is a unitary parliamentary republic with a president, prime minister, and parliament. The capital and largest city is Athens, and the official language is Greek.
  • Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821 and was recognized as an independent country in 1830. 
  • The size of Greece is about the same as the US state of Alabama but has twice as many people, over 10.5 million. 
  • The country of Greece consists of 6,000 islands, but only 227 are inhabited. Nearly 80 percent of the country is hills and mountains. 
  • About four-fifths of the people live in urban areas in Greece, and almost everyone is literate.
  • Greece has three times the number of annual tourists (about 31 million) as residents. It is one of the most-visited countries.
  • Greece is the third-largest producer of peaches and the fifth-largest producer of olives in the world. 
  • In the past, most Greeks were farmers, and they ate the food that they grew. Since Greece had a mild climate, they could grow many different fruits and vegetables as long as they got enough rain. Vegetables were a considerable part of the Greek diet and still are. Most Greeks eat a Mediterranean diet that includes plenty of olive oil, legumes, fruits, veggies, grains, and fish. They generally consume less dairy and meat.
  • Greek cuisine includes "fasolada" (soup of white beans, olive oil, and veggies), "moussaka" (eggplant or potato dish with ground or minced meat), "souvlaki" (grilled meat on a skewer), and "gyros" (pita bread filled with meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, veggies, and tzatziki sauce). 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Greece?

  • Greek kids have three stages of education: primary school for six years, gymnasium (junior high) for three years, and lyceum (senior high) for three years (this stage is not mandatory).
  • Kids may participate in sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, and handball. 
  • There are many museums and ancient sites to explore in Greece. Families love being outdoors and enjoy hiking and going to the many beaches. 
  • There are several different sweets that Greek children enjoy. These include "pasteli" (sesame seed candy), "bougatsa" and "galaktoboureko" (phyllo pastries filled with semolina custard), and "baklava" (nut-filled phyllo pastry soaked in a honey syrup).

THYME for a Laugh

Why does milk turn into yogurt when you take it to a museum?

Because it becomes cultured!

The Yolk's On You

What did the frustrated cheese say?

I'm feta up!

THYME for a Laugh

Why were mozzarella and feta holding hands?

They look gouda together!

That's Berry Funny

What is the only food that you are allowed to play with? 

Yo-Yo Gurt!

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