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Whipped Feta with Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas

If you’re looking for a quick dip recipe, this Whipped Feta with Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas is perfect. It is great for a crowd and you can make ahead of time and assemble when you are ready to serve.

whipped feta with roasted tomatoes

What is Za’atar?

Za’atar is a popular spice blend in the Middle East. Typically a blend of oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac, basil, and sesame seeds. Every region makes it slightly different. Some add more of each herb. Za’atar is very earthy, lemony, salty, and packs an umami flavor. The sesame seeds are toasted for a nice crunch. Za’atar really brings this Whipped Feta with Roasted Tomatoes to life.

How to eat Za’atar? 

In Egypt serve Za’atar  with olive oil and pita bread. A lot of countries will make homemade bread and top it with olive oil and plenty of Za’atar. “Zeit and Za’atar” means “Olive oil and Za’atar” in Arabic.

Za’atar is very versatile and a pantry must-have . Use it as a garnish, a marinade on chicken, or fish. Sprinkle it over Avocado toast, salads, or simply with olive oil and pita bread!

You can purchase Za’atar in specialty stores, or you can buy it here.

whipped feta with roasted tomatoes

Whipped Feta Dip With Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas

This dip is made with feta cheese, greek yogurt and ricotta! Topped with roasted cherry tomatoes and chickpeas!
Course Appetizer, dinner, dip, Snack
Cuisine arab food, egyptian, middle eastern
Calories
Ingredients
  
  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 12 oz canned chickpeas
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Whipped Feta

  • 8 oz feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz block cream cheese
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Za'taar and extra virgin olive oil for garnish
Instructions
 
  • Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a sheet pan add tomatoes, chickpeas, olive oil, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper. Toss everything together. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until tomatoes have blistered and begin to burst. Set aside to slightly cool.
  • Whipped Feta Dip In the food processor add all your ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Spread dip on a plate.
  • Top with roasted tomato and chickpea mixture. Garnish with an extra drizzle of honey, za'atar, and extra virgin olive oil!

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Keyword appetizer, cherry tomatoes, dip recipe, feta dip, roasted tomatoes, roasted vegetables
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How to make ahead?
  • Make the cheese dip and refrigerate.
  • Roast the tomatoes and chickpeas and let cool, then refrigerate.
  • Once you are ready to serve. Let the dip come to room temperature. Spread on a plate and top with the tomatoes and chickpeas. Garnish with Za’atar, olive oil, and a drizzle of honey.

whipped feta with roasted tomatoes

Substitutions:

First of all, if you don’t like chickpeas, you can keep them out. Second, if you don’t like cherry tomatoes, you can always substitute with roasted red peppers. Lastly, the dip itself is delicious, so you can play around with the toppings, if you don’t want this as a dip, imagine how amazing it would be in a sandwich!

Honey gives this recipe a great touch of sweetness. If you don’t want the added sugar, you can reduce the amount, or use a touch of a sugar-free honey substitute.

Cheese Variations:

If don’t have ricotta cheese, that’s okay, substitute with more yogurt, mascarpone cheese, or sour cream.

What to serve this with? 

This dip is great with pita chips, warm pita bread, or naan.  Spoon it over crostini for as a party appetizer. Moreover, if you are looking for a gluten-free option, feel free to use your favorite gluten-free bread! Don’t forget that cut up vegetables make a great option for dipping, it is healthy, gluten-free, and gives a nice fiber boost!

If you like the flavors of roasted cherry tomatoes, try the Sheet Pan Spaghetti, if you want a low-carb option the Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs is great!

 

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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This one is a crowd pleaser! I was nervous that the feta was going to be overpowering but the other cheeses helped to mellow it out.

  2. 5 stars
    So easy, so delicious and so making this again. You know something is incredible when you start thinking of who you want to make it for. Fantastic recipe Food Dolls!

  3. This was AMAZING! Guest s loved it and was so easy to make! I included capers too and so YUM!
    Thanks Food Dolls

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely the best appetizer I’ve made in a long time. It is super easy, super flavorful, and completely delicious. You can make the base and topping ahead of time and then put it together at the last minute. I also love that you can change up the topping any time you make it. Everyone loved it and it is now in my arsenal of go-to recipes. Thank you, Food Dolls!

  5. 5 stars
    My wife and I made this recipe together this afternoon and we love it! It’s savory, decadent… honestly, we couldn’t stop eating it. The roasted chick peas and tomatoes, along with the za’taar top off this wonderful dish. I can’t wait to “wow” our next guests with this!

  6. 5 stars
    I can’t stop eating this! Soooooo delicious! Makes me want to try ALL of your recipes, so, trying the baked spaghetti tonight!!!