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Spicy Whipped Feta

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword spicy whipped feta

Ingredients

For the Fig Marsala Sauce

  • 1 cup dried Mission figs (Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Mission Figlets or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs)
  • 2 tbsp fig spread
  • 1/2 cup red cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze (optional)

For the Feta Dip

  • 8 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 jalapeno (chopped and de-seeded, for extra kick add a few seeds to the blender when mixing)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried golden figs
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • Pita bread, toast points, or crackers

Instructions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the chopped figs, red cooking wine, balsamic glaze and fig spread. Bring to a boil while stirring, then reduce heat and simmer until the mixture becomes thick and syrup-like. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  2. Next, place the feta and cream cheese into the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender. Mix thoroughly, stopping to scrape down sides as needed, then add the honey, lemon zest, jalapeno, and olive oil. Blend until smooth and whipped.

  3. Place feta dip in a shallow bowl, spoon fig sauce on top, and sprinkle with chopped mint, pine nuts, and cracked black pepper. Serve with crackers, pita, or crisps of your choice.