Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip

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Do you guys remember this commercial where the woman making Rice Krispy treats pretended it took her hours to make them?  The gist of it was that Rice Krispy treats taste so good everybody will think you spent hours in the kitchen making them.

Well, that’s also the case with this dip.   Man oh man is it good.  And just like the Rice Krispy treats commercial tagline, it’s “So Good. So Easy.”  A recipe is provided below, but  it’s easy to adapt to suit your own preferences.  If you’d like to make it a bit healthier, just add some more red peppers or cut back a bit on the feta- I’m sure it would still be amazing.

Thonly critical thing here is to find an authentic feta that’s actually made from sheep’s milk… most of the feta cheese that you’ll find in the grocery store is made from cow’s milk.  I had to trek out to Whole Foods to find some of the good stuff.  It was definitely pricier than the cow’s milk version but I’d say the quality and taste is definitely makes it worth it.

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Dip

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

* 3-4 roasted red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and peeled (or the approximate equivalent of red mini peppers)
* 3 Tablespoons olive oil
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus extra for garnish
* 8 ounces sheep’s milk feta, crumbled

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook the garlic until lightly browned. Add the red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat.

Combine the roasted red peppers, garlic and olive oil mixture and almost all of the feta (reserve a bit for garnish, if desired), in a food processor and process until well combined.

Place in a small bowl and top with reserved feta and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

Note: if you need instructions for roasting red peppers, I always use this oven technique.

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