The Only Holiday Appetizer Recipe You Need: Creamy Baked Feta Dip
This is the time of year when it feels like every weekend has a new kitchen assignment; you’re either making an appetizer or baking a dessert for the latest round of holiday parties. For those of us who are trying to keep their diet in check, consider this week’s recipe a wonderfully delicious opportunity for healthy eating.
Warm and creamy with a flavor punch from the tangy feta cheese, this dip seems wonderfully indulgent (but isn’t—really!) and presents beautifully with brightly colored veggies. It also comes together faster than you can say, “Where’s the punch?”
Creamy Baked Feta Dip
Makes 2 cups; serves between 10 and 12
8 oz. block-style feta cheese
1/2 c. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 oz. low-fat cream cheese
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. water
2 thinly sliced scallions
Bell peppers, pita chips, cucumbers or carrots for serving
1. In a food processor, chop feta until ground. Add yogurt, cream cheese, pepper and garlic powder. Process until smoothly combined.
2. Turn processor on and place water in feed tube. Scrape down the sides and process another ten seconds or so.
3. Scrape mixture into two (four-inch) porcelain ramekins or another small baking dish. Broil until bubbly and brown. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with scallions when ready to serve.
Per serving: 93 calories, 7 fat grams (including 4.7 grams saturated fat), 24 milligrams cholesterol, 264 milligrams sodium, 46 milligrams potassium, 1.8 grams carbs, 5.3 grams protein.
Becca Boyd is a wife and mom who creates healthy and delicious recipes in her West Chester kitchen. She blogs about them on her website, Home Beccanomics.
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