Almond-feta dip with zahatar

19 Mar

Almond-feta dip

One of my favourite Christmas gifts was the bag of Middle Eastern spices my friend Mary brought me from Bahrain. The zahatar is particularly wonderful, and I’ve been having fun adding to all sorts of things ever since, such as this feta cheese and almond dip.

Feta cheese makes a great base for a dip, and combines really well with nuts. I also make this with walnuts, but I happened to have a couple of bags of smoked almonds hanging about. I liked the smokiness so much, the next time I make it with regular almonds I’ll try adding smoked paprika.

Almond-feta dip with zahatar
(makes about one cup)

  • 1 cup (150g) smoked almonds
  • half a pack of feta, crumbled
  • 2 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp zahatar
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil for drizzling
  1. Chop the almonds in a food processor.
  2. Add the feta, parsley, lemon juice and paprika and blend until well combined.
  3. If the dip seems too thick, add a bit of water to bring it to the consistency desired.
  4. Stir in the zahatar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer into a serving bowl, sprinkle with additional zahatar, and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Serve with crackers.

7 Responses to “Almond-feta dip with zahatar”

  1. lushly March 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    I love this!

    • Andrea March 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Margo March 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    One of my favorite new spices. “Jerusalem” is having an influence; even Clothilde is using it with her pita crisps recipe.

    • Andrea March 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

      Middle Eastern food certainly seems to be having a moment…

  3. matimukasa March 20, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Reblogged this on THE TRUE BEAUTY OF AFRICA and commented:
    WOW! AM DYING TO TASTE IT!

    • Andrea March 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it — and thanks for the reblog!

      • matimukasa March 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

        your always welcome!

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