Whipped Feta and Sumac Dip Recipe

 , guardian.co.uk  |  Updated: January 03, 2015 17:09 IST

Whipped Feta and Sumac Dip Recipe

Had enough of hummus? Try this tangy cheese dip instead - great for lunch with pitta bread and crudites

My kids love the taste of hummus, but  they also likescooping and shovelling their way through it withcucumber and carrot batons and toasted flatbreads. Whipped feta offers the same interactivity, but gives a respite from all the chickpeas.

Feta on its own is not much of a hit with the kids - the salty, tangy flavour of this brined cheese seems too strong for them. But whipped with some plain, thick Greek yoghurt and lemon juice, the cheese mellows and can be served as a dip. They like it, andso do the adults.

 You can add extra flavours to the whipped feta, such as garlic, soft herbs, roasted peppers, chilli flakes ... For this recipe, I just added olive oil and  sumac.

Many recipes for whipped feta recommend using a food processor to break down the cheese; I don't bother. I find it is just as quickto use a bowl and whisk to whip the cheese, and creates less washing up.

Whipping the feta and yoghurt.

Whipping the feta and yoghurt.Photograph: Claire Thomson/Guardian

(Serves 4 as a dip)

200g feta cheese

200g plain Greek yoghurt

Half a lemon, juiced

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp ground sumac

Pitta bread and raw vegetables, to serve

Put the cheese andyoghurt in a mixing bowl and whisk until the cheese is completely broken up and becomes creamy.

Add the lemon juice and mix again.

Put thedip in a serving bowl and dress the surface with the olive oil and sumac.

Serve with toasted piata bread and raw vegetables (such as carrots, cucumber, gem lettuce, fennel, young parsnips with the core removed, beetroot, peppers).

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Whipped feta dip. Photograph: Claire Thomson/Guardian


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