Whipped Feta Dip

Whipped Feta Dip

America's Test Kitchen - The Complete Small Plates Cookbook
You can never go wrong with serving a cheesy dip with crackers and crudités – and that goes double for this salty, unbelievably light whipped feta dip. A little garlic and lemon juice along with fresh oregano, contribute fresh tang and savory herbal notes. Avoid serving with salted chips, as the feta is already salty. To get a head start refrigerate dip for up to 3 days and let sit for 30 minutes before serving.
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Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • food processor
  • mesh strainer


  • teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces cow’s-milk feta cheese, Note: Do not use Greek Feta made with sheep’s or goat’s milk.
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, minced


  • In a small bowl, add 1½ teaspoons lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon minced garlic. Combine well and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, break 8 ounces feta into rough ½ inch pieces. Add water to cover, swish briefly to rinse. Transfer to a fine mesh strainer and drain well.
  • In a food processor, add 8 ounces feta, 3 tablespoons milk, and 1½ teaspoons reserved lemon juice mixture. Process for 15 seconds or until mixture resembles ricotta cheese.
  • With food processor running, slowly drizzle in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Continue to process until mixture has a Greek yogurt consistency (some small lumps will remain) for 1½ to 2 minutes Note: stopping once to scrape down bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of oregano. Pulse until combined.
  • Transfer dip to bowl: drizzle with remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil.
  • Note: Avoid serving with salty crackers, as the feta is already quite salty.


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