9/28/09

feta & raisin dip

feta & raisin dip

That George Michael song: "Too Funky" is playing in my head as I write this. How ironic is that? OK, so this is a funky dish, but it's good-- I mean really good. The feta cheese melded great with the sweetness of the raisins and sun dried tomatoes. Kevin and Peter keep making these wonderful feta dips & salads, so naturally I had to follow with my own take. Plus I'm a huge fan of feta cheese, so salty and rich. Those chips you see in the photo are from Whole Foods, it's deep fried tortillas. You can make them at home if you want, I was lazy and picked up a bag. They go wonderfully with this dip. I think corn chips might work with this or even Ritz cracker, or nothing.
Thank you my sweet friends for all the birthday wishes. My b-day was good, I got spoiled, ate way too much cake(s) <---see the plural oh yeah.

feta & raisin dip
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6 ounces kalamata olives, pitted & diced
Sun dried tomatoes in oil; drained & diced (about 3 ounces +/-)
2 green onions (tops only), thinly sliced
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Handful of raisins (golden is best)
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Extra-virgin olive oil, about 1 TB +/-
Salt & pepper

Combine the olives, sun dried tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, olive oil, raisin, black pepper, except feta. Check, taste, and see if you need more lemon juice, olive oil, and salt & pepper. Then gently stir in the crumbled feta cheese.

Note: you can mold it into a ceramic dish, chill for a bit, then place onto dip plate. Serve with crackers (not too salty) or serve with fried tortilla chips.

49 comments:

  1. I like funky! I am so into raisins so I know I would love this. It looks gorgeous Dawn! Would love to try dipping some or those tortillas in yum yum.

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  2. Loving the look of that dip and wow your tortillas look gorgeous, I'm hungry!

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  3. Wow, I like funky too! I am liking this flavor combo...alot!! Those chips look so good, and I bet those Stacy's pita chips would be great with this too!

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  4. I love me some feta dip...I'm not a raisin fan, but I love the one with sun dried tomatoes...my friends love it too. Get requests for it often.

    PS - way to go Miss 200 sit ups!

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  5. HA! Who knew that a George Michael song would ever have anything to do with feta cheese or ANY ingredient for that matter :-D Love the dip though!

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  6. It looks gorgeous. Oooo, deep fried tortillas, I'll have to try that.

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  7. Your flavor combos are always so AWESOME! I love feta too nom nom! Those whole food chips are incredible- I nab a sample one every time I'm there

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  8. Mmmm...it's been a while since I've had some feta. Pass those chips my way. I'd be happy with this all afternoon long. Plus, three people making this means I need to make it too.

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  9. LOVE the addition of raisins!! and those chips are totally calling my name right now :)

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  10. I like it! I love feta and raisins together in my salad...so why not dip!

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  11. Love the sweet with salty!

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  12. What an awesome combination of flavors, Dawn! You are like the mad scientist of food..I think I told you that before. ;)

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  13. wow! that sounds delicious! i love raisins in savory things!!

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  14. Funky? Funky is for me! Uh yeah, I might just eat all of that dip myself! Screw the diet

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  15. WOW! love the color of this dip. It looks really good!

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  16. This is a funky dish in the best way EVER! I LOVE anything with raisins (except brownies and chocolate) and I LOVE feta! I would never think of putting them together! This is brilliant!

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  17. Such a great dip with raisins. I would love it.

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  18. i looove feta, this looks like a great party dish. lots of conversations on that combination!

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  19. I love the idea of this with golden raisins...yum!

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  20. This is funky but I love it. It's so you!

    And those chips- mmm!

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  21. Funky! I'm liking this combo even more now...a good offering during cockatails. Perhaps some ricotta or cream cheese would help smooth out the mixture (yes, there are greek cheeses resembling both).

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  22. I'm loving this combination of ingredients with sun-dried tomatoes, raisins, and olives - sounds like a delicious dip with sweet & salty flavors!

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  23. I am always up for funky:) Great dip!

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  24. Ooh Yeah! Great combination! Craisins would be good for those who don't like raisins! Funkylicious!

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  25. Good job on the workout this weekend girl- that is awesome!

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  26. I bet that was really tasty

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  27. Yes, it's funky for sure! But I like the ingredients. Going to look for those tortillas at Whole Foods. They look wonderful!

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  28. Happy belated birthday!

    This is my kind of dip. I love the salty/sweet combination. Feta is my very favorite cheese.

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  29. I'm not even a raisin fan but I think anything with feta cheese is an excuse to try new things! This looks beautiful, I love the diffent colours in the dip!

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  30. very, very interesting combination! of course, at this point, i would expect nothing less from you. i can see how the salty feta and sweet raisins and chewy tomatoes would blend magically--good thinking!

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  31. This sounds like it has the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Yum (Happy Belated BDay)

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  32. I am so going to have to try it with the raisins! The sweetness that they add will make things even more interesting.

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  33. The colors are glorious -- and if it's a bit crumbly, as feta can sometimes be, maybe a bit of yogurt or sour cream would help to bind it?

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  34. Yeah! Hurrah for plural cakes! ;) Belated happy birthday Dawn! :)

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  35. What a great combo of flavors. The raisins would definitely stand out in this and I know we'd love it.

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  36. Salty feta, sweet raisins, yum!

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  37. Fantastic dip! I bet the salty, tangy feta and the raisins were amazing together.

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  38. Ah that George Michael, he's a funky dude. I swear I can have 'Faith' stuck in my head for days. We used to play that song at parties... ya know with a couple of drinks and all...

    Really dig the feta and raisin combo... it's like a reta... or fraisin dip :)

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  39. Yes this looks really good and funky! Love It!! That Peter and Kevin are always making good dips aren't they?

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  40. great dip - something a bit more interestig than your usual houmous, guacamole and salsa (not that I don't love them too!!) definitely have to try this out with some tortilla chips! :-)

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  41. This looks awesome...I love combos like that.

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  42. How creative! Looks great!

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  43. yum- i love a little bit of sweet with my feta. I bet it would be good with craisins, too. I love craisins, lol

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  44. Anything with feta cheese and I'm there Dawn! I don't even mind the "funkiness" of this dip!!!

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  45. Except for the raisins I'm all over this! We LOVE us some feta cheese.
    ~ingrid

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  46. This looks like an incredible dip with a fascinating combination of tastes. Beautiful!!

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  47. This is a neat take for a dip recipe. Going to have to put this out for one of the holiday events I have this year.

    Thanks for sharing it,

    Christine M.

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