Htipiti

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Ingredients | Feta Cheese

(Greek feta and roasted red pepper spread)

A simple spread with loads of flavor, htipiti — also known as tirokafteri or kopanisti — is the perfect addition to a Mediterranean meze spread. The salty bite of feta cheese marries perfectly with the smoky sweetness of the roasted peppers and a touch of heat from hot pepper flakes.

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Use htipiti as a dip for pita wedges. Spread it on bread for sandwiches. Or smear it on lavash for wraps.

Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • Feta cheese, crumbled -- 8 ounces
  • Roasted red pepper, chopped -- 1
  • Scallion, chopped -- 1
  • Red pepper flakes -- big pinch
  • Lemon juice -- 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Olive oil -- 3 tablespoons

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients except the olive oil into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it forms a smooth, dippable spread.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and transfer the htipiti to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and serve with wedges of pita or slices of crusty bread.

Variations

  • Add a couple minced cloves of garlic or some chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Stir in some chopped fresh oregano, thyme or dill.
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