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Whipped Feta Recipe with Roasted Olives

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The perfect combination of sweet and salty, this Whipped Feta Recipe with Roasted Olives is a show-stopping appetizer that can’t be beat! Serve it with pita bread, cracker, veggies, and more. 

gray plate with whipped feta topped with roasted olives and garnished with fresh parsley and olive oil

Why We Love This Whipped Feta Recipe

If you haven’t tried a whipped feta recipe yet, you are missing out! The first time we tried it out we were amazed. Creamy, salty, sweet, and savory, it’s everything we never knew we needed. Basically, it was love at first bite, and we knew we had to make it for ourselves. The first version we made was this one with roasted tomatoes and chickpeas, and it was divine. So, we tested it again – this time with roasted olives, and the results were just as tasty! This recipe is: 

  • Quick to make.
  • Perfect for feeding a crowd. 
  • Full of healthy fats. 
  • Easy to make ahead of time. 
  • And super delicious! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

For this whipped feta recipe, we’re breaking the ingredients down into two parts. First, we’ll go over what you’ll need for the olive topping. Then, we’ll move on to the whipped feta itself. 

For the Olive Topping

  • Olives – We used a combination of green and kalamata olives, but feel free to use whatever you like best! 
  • Shallots – Slightly sweeter than onions, shallots enhance the natural flavors of the olives for an irresistibly savory taste. 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Used to help crisp up and blister the olives, olive oil also enhances the natural flavors of the dish and adds a boost of healthy fats! 
  • Herbs and Spices – For a savory topping, we included thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper. 

For the Whipped Feta

  • Feta Cheese – Any feta you have on hand can be used. However, for the richest taste, we prefer full-fat versions. 
  • Sour Cream – This helps add extra creaminess and a bit of tang to the feta. 
  • Water or Milk – Some kind of liquid is essential to turning the feta from hard crumbles to a smooth dip. Water works great, but milk creates an extra indulgent appetizer. 
  • Cream Cheese – Perfect for an extra creamy texture, cream cheese also contributes just a hint of sweetness. 
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves complement the shallot in the olive topping perfectly! 
  • Lemon – A squeeze of lemon cuts through some of the heaviness of the fats from the olives and oils, providing a refreshing taste.
  • Honey – We love a bit of honey to create whipped feta that is both sweet and savory. 
  • Salt and Pepper – Use as much or as little as you’d like! 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Like water or milk, olive oil helps thin out the recipe. 

How to Make the Best Whipped Feta Recipe with Roasted Olives

Just like we did with the ingredients, we’re breaking down the instructions into two parts. Once prepared, they are easily combined to complete the dish! Here’s what to do: 

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a baking dish
  3. Toss well. 
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes

For the Whipped Feta

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor
  2. Pulse until smooth and creamy. 

Putting It All Together

  1. Spread the whipped feta on a large serving plate. 
  2. Top with the roasted olives. 
  3. Garnish with extra seasonings and a drizzle of olive oil. 
  4. Enjoy!

close up of whipped feta topped with roasted olives and garnished with fresh parsley and olive oil

Serving Suggestions

One of our favorite appetizers, this whipped feta recipe pairs well with pretty much anything you can think of! Some of our favorite options include: 

  • Pita Chips
  • Warm Pita Bread
  • Naan Bread
  • Crostini
  • Sliced Veggies

Storage

This recipe is best served right away. However, if placed in an airtight container it will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator

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a white bowl full of whipped feta topped with kalamata and green roasted olives, red onions, and a drizzle of olive oil

Whipped Feta Recipe with Roasted Olives

Food Dolls
This whipped feta recipe is a hearty, creamy appetizer that pairs perfectly with pita bread, naan, and more!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, dip, Snack
Cuisine arab food, egyptian, middle eastern
Servings 8
Calories 256 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces pitted green olives
  • 6 ounces pitted kalamata olives
  • 3 sliced shallots
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teasppon salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Whipped Feta

  • 8 ounces feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons water or milk
  • 8 ounces block cream cheese
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • extra virgin olive oil for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a baking dish add both olives, olive oil, shallots, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper. Toss everything together. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Set aside to slightly cool.
  • Whipped Feta Dip In the food processor add all your ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Spread the dip on a plate.
  • Top with roasted olives. Garnish with an extra drizzle of and extra virgin olive oil!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 1216mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword appetizer, dip recipe, feta dip, olives, roasted vegetables
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28 Comments

  1. About to make this for a large crowd. How many does this recipe serve approximately?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this at Christmas when my kids and their families came. It absolutely blew everyone away! Roasting the olives as directed is critical to success. Thank you Food Dolls for this gem!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time last night. It is astoundingly good. I roasted the olives with garlic and lemon. Everyone loved it. It’s definitely going into my dinner party rotation.

    1. Hi Linda- Oh no! Sorry it turned out too salty. Next time trying omitting any added salt.
      Xo
      Alia & Radwa

  4. Could I use plain greek yogurt in sub of the sour cream, you think? I’m excited for this. I LOVE olives. Will be trying at our Memorial Day celebration 2022. 🙂

  5. Two questions:
    Can I make each piece ahead of time and assemble right before my guests arrive to avoid dishes

    Do you need to let the roasted olives cool before plating?

    1. Yes, you can definitely do that! You can either warm the olives slightly in the microwave or leave it out for 45 minutes just to get to room temperature!

  6. 5 stars
    Girls. This recipe was a HIT. I took it to a baking competition (I entered but my husband was “taster” was all tasters were asked to bring a savory dish for guests to balance out the sweet. I made his, naturally, haha) and even before I had a bite before the baked goods presentation, 85% of it was gone! We’d only been there half-hour! It was *so* good. When I took the plate from the table (I didn’t win, sadly, but didn’t get a single negative criticism from the judges, they said my bake was perfection), a woman called out, “Wait. Did you bring that? Did YOU bring that?” and another behind me co-signed, “Oh my god. You brought the feta? That was legitimately my favorite thing I ate this entire night.”

    Baking Note: I didn’t have cream cheese, I totally spaced, but I happened to incidentally have 8oz of marascapone in my fridge in case I wanted to switch entries at the last minute. Works just fine. I couldn’t get it smooth with my Vitamin hand mixer but chose to note stress because we were in a rush to get there on time. Didn’t make a lick of difference, it. was. the. best!

    Thank you so much!

  7. This dip is delicious and I haven’t even roasted the olives yet. I am confused however since step 1 talks about roasting tomatoes & chick peas and then the olives & shallots. Are they optional or supposed to be part of the recipe and if so, how much? Thanks. Can’t wait to serve it tomorrow for the Super Bowl.

    1. Good catch! That roasting tomatoes and chickpeas should not have been there, the recipe has been adjusted! Let us know how it turns out!

  8. I made this as an appetizer for my family Christmas gathering, and it was a hit! The creaminess of the dip & the saltiness of the olives with a punch of my favorite duo (onion & garlic), it works so well together! Even my not-so-adventurous-palate family members enjoyed!

  9. We had this on Christmas eve and it was to DIE for! We fought over who got to take home (the miniscule amount) leftovers! Easy and yummy.

  10. 5 stars
    One of my favourite ever dips! My friend made this for a dinner party last month and now I’m making it for the holidays. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

    1. If you want to freeze, try to freeze everything separately (not assembled). To thaw: thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

  11. 5 stars
    This was absolutely fantastic! Everyone loved it and it came together so easily. Roasting olives is my new favorite thing.

    One recipe note — two ingredients are missing from step 1 in the instructions (olive oil and shallots). I believe it’s mentioned higher up in the blog post but when viewing just the recipe card at the bottom, it was a bit confusing and I had to scroll through the post again to make sure I added the olive oil and shallots at the right time 🙂

  12. This was absolutely amazing. Beautiful presentation, especially for the holidays. I double to amount of olives.