Hors d’oeuvre? Warm, a little to the East. Antipasto? You’re getting there, but further eastwards. Mezze – now there you are!
Mediterranean mezze or meze, typical in the Balkans and the Near East, is a selection of small appetizer dishes just like the more renowned French and Italian varieties. Hot or cold, spicy or savory, served at the beginning of a multi-course meal or a meal in its own right, meze is a social event – you are not expected to finish every dish, but rather share at ease.
The recipe I have for you today is meze at its best: not only it is a total no-brainer to make, but also ready in under 5 and full of flavor. You might even have all the ingredients at home as we speak, and hopefully also the wine to go with it!
Fact: I am a feta addict (but you already know that). And after careful and completely unscientific observation of people, I came to realize it’s not just me. So meet your new way to obsess over feta cheese: a smooth, tangy spread Greeks call Kopanisti.
Base your end-of-summer party formula around this dip and lots of complimentary fresh veggies (think zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, celery sticks) and freshly toasted baguette or crusty ciabatta. Seriously, eff those carbs! Just slather on.
So, without further ado, here it is. Because you can never have too many easy, cheesy recipes up your sleeve! 🙂
Creamy Feta Dip
The taste of the Mediterranean in a schmear that’s so so easy to make.
500 g feta or similar white cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil to garnish
optional: lemon zest, red pepper flakes, crushed garlic
- Use a food processor, or mash feta with a fork in a medium bowl.
- Season and mix in other ingredients.
- Garnish generously with olive oil.
- Serve with warm, toasted slices of baguette or ciabatta, or as a dip with raw vegetable chunks.