Roasted Garlic, Jalapeno and Feta Dip

Roasted Garlic, Jalapeno and Feta Dip

Beware: this dip is addicting. At first glance I wasn’t sure I would like it. I’m not a huge fan of feta cheese, and jalapenos aren’t normally my thing. But Jessica (from How Sweet It Is) raved about it, so I decided to try it for one of Mike’s work potlucks. When in doubt, try out a new recipe on a group of people you don’t know, right? Lucky for me, it turned out great. The tangy lemon and the kick of the jalapeno peppers really gave this dip a wonderful flavor. And if you serve it at room temperature, it becomes deliciously creamy. I served it with pretzel crisps and pita chips, but I think it would be wondeful served with fresh bread, warm from the oven, or as a sandwich spread. I’ll be trying both of those ideas out next time I make this dip! :)

Roasted Garlic, Jalapeno and Feta Dip

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Roasted Garlic, Jalapeno and Feta Dip

Yield: about 2 cups

Ingredients:

2 bricks of feta cheese, 8 ounces each
3 jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup olive oil + 1 tablespoon
1 head garlic
the juice of half a lemon
the zest of half a lemon
salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the top off the garlic bulb and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap it in foil and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until garlic is soft. At the same time, brush the jalapenos with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast them with the garlic just until charred. (I just peeked at them every few minutes or so). Remove both from oven and let cool. Remove the jalapeno skins, cut in half and discard the seeds, then dice.

In a large bowl, crumble the feta bricks. Add the diced jalapenos, the zest of half a lemon, and the juice of half a lemon. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the bulb directly into the feta. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil and mash with a fork. Taste the feta and season with salt and pepper or extra lemon juice or olive oil. Serve with pita chips, warm pita or naan, or spread it on sandwiches. Store it in the fridge for up to one week. It is best served at room temperature.

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11 Responses to “Roasted Garlic, Jalapeno and Feta Dip”

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    Jessica — May 4, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    so glad you liked it!! i was the same way – didn’t think i’d enjoy something like this. but you are right – so addicting!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 4, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    HELLO! I would absolutely love this!! Yum!

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — May 4, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    There’s nothing not to love here. Feta is so good and so under used! I’ve got a big old tub of it from Sam’s in my fridge now, might have to whip some of this up for lunch today :)

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    Rachel Cooks — May 4, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    This recipe has called to me a few times from Jessica’s site but I’ve been scared too as I’m not a huge jalapeno fan. I’ll have to try it.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 4, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    I absolutely love this idea.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 5, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    Okay I really need to make this but I’m kind of scared because I’m sure I’ll have to eat it until it’s all gone!

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — May 6, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    i just stuffed my face with some pita chips (plain!!) and i wiiiiiiiiiiiiiish i had some of this stuff to plop on top of them! it looks so incredibly delicious and i can tell that it must be very addicting! Feta cheese is now on my grocery list! And more pita chips since I practically just polished off my bag…

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — May 8, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    Addicting is right! If I made this dip I don’t think I’d be able to stop eating it! Thanks for posting, Megan. :-)

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    Nicole — May 11, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    That dip looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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    Rachel (teacher-chef) — June 4, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    I love both Feta & Jalapeno (and those flat little pretzel chips that you have too). I cannot wait to make this with my fresh jalapenos from my garden. Gotta get me some good feta from my local Greek place now!!!

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    Sherri — December 18, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    I just made this and it was SO GOOD!!!!! Not too spicy – my 13 y.o. son loved it. Very yummy!!! :

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