MEDITERRANEAN GOAT CHEESE DIP

I feel like we all have those “go-to” appetizers that we turn to when headed to a pot luck or dinner gathering – and I assure you, you’ll want to add this one to your arsenal once you try it! It’s perfectly shareable, visually appealing & incredibly simple yet delicious!

I used to make this recipe with a feta cheese base, until the time I ran out of feta but had goat cheese in the fridge instead. Since then, I’ve been making it with goat cheese as the base as I find using goat cheese and then topping it with feta allows the toppings to really shine and not be overpowered by the feta! It also makes for a lovely creamy texture that perfectly spreadable for a cracker or crostini!

In the making!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 300 g Goat Cheese (usually equivalent to one large package or two small packages)
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 8-10 Kalamata olives – pitted & halved
  • 3 Marinated Roasted Red Peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Chili flakes
  • 1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Crumbled Feta cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Bring goat cheese to room temperature and spread evenly into the base of a shallow serving dish. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, fresh herbs, chilli flakes, garlic and microwave for 15-20 secs just until slightly warm.
  3. Combine this mixture with the olives, red peppers, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Pour olive oil mixture over the goat cheese spread and top with crumbled feta cheese. Serve dip at room temperature with a crisp cracker or baguette.