Homemade Creamy Whipped Feta is a dreamy and delicious spread with a salty kick accented by bright notes of lemon zest. It’s quick to whip up and delicious with roasted tomatoes on bread or crackers.
This Creamy Whipped Feta is so delicious, you’ll think you’re dreaming. This salty and satisfying cheesy spread whips up in minutes and is delicious as an appetizer, quick snack, or sandwich spread. It’s delightful when paired with fresh herbs, citrus, or roasted tomatoes as I have done in this post. Whipped Feta on bread, crackers, or pita is the perfect starter for Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast or alongside a bowl of comforting soup.
Creamy Whipped Feta Inspiration
Within the last few months, I’ve eaten at a few places that have outstanding creamy whipped feta dishes. This creamy feta dip is quite popular now and I am not sorry about it. Both versions I have tried have included citrus in one form or another. Just a small grating of lemon zest and a bit of fresh lemon juice really brighten up the salty feta and round out the flavour. I love the addition of preserved lemons in the creamy dip but fresh lemons will do just as nicely.
Which Feta Cheese Should I Use for the Creamiest Whipped Feta?
Your journey to enlightened cheese bliss begins with the right kind of feta cheese. Macedonian feta or Doric Feta may look like similar to the feta you crumble into a Greek salad but it is not. Though it comes as a block in brine, it is completely spreadable with a knife. What is really great about Doric Feta is that it behaves and tastes like a double cream feta but has a much lower milk fat content than the average feta (22% MF vs. ~43% MF).
How to Get the Creamiest Whipped Feta
Now that you have the right kind of feta cheese, let’s talk temperature. Leave the feta at room temperature for an hour or two so that it is very soft. Next, let’s talk tools or rather, appliances. The best way to get creamy whipped feta is to add all of the ingredients to a high performance blender such as a Vitamix. This post isn’t sponsored but I sure do love my Vitamix. I never though of a blender as an essential kitchen tool until I bought one on a whim at Costco.
Process in the Vitamix for a good 3 minutes and if you still feel like the spread isn’t creamy enough, go ahead and add a heaping spoonful of Greek yogurt or sour cream and process it for a bit longer. I’ve heard that some prefer to pass the spread through a wire strainer but it really shouldn’t be necessary.
What to Serve with Creamy Whipped Feta
The first time I had whipped feta with preserved lemon on pita crackers and I was happy as a clam. For the second tasting, it was topped with fresh herbs and served with grainy bread and roasted tomatoes. I’ve heard it’s also delicious with roasted beets or slathered onto sandwiches. You could also add a bit more Greek yogurt or sour cream to the mixture and use it as a vegetable dip.
How to Store Your Whipped Feta
When buying the feta, be sure to take note of the best before date on the package. Later, should you have any Creamy Whipped Feta left over, you can use that as a general date for the dip. Please note that leaving it at room temperature and adding other ingredients to the feta will reduce the edible life span of the dip. This is the perfect ‘make ahead’ recipe as a few days in the fridge will allow the flavours to mingle within the cheese. Keep and leftovers refrigerated. Freezing is not recommended.
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Creamy Whipped Feta with Tomato Crostini
This Homemade Creamy Whipped Feta is dreamy and delicious with a salty kick accented by bright notes of lemon zest. It's quick to whip up and delicious with roasted tomatoes on bread or crackers.
- 7 oz (200 g) creamy Macedonian feta; room temperature
- zest from half a lemon; finely chopped
- juice from one lemon
- 2 tsp olive oil
- flaky sea salt
- 10 small tomatoes
- assorted fresh herbs of your choosing (dill, parsley, rosemary, thyme, etc.) optional
- Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
- Place tomatoes in a baking pan and bake tomatoes until they start to split.
- Remove tomatoes from oven and let cool.
- Place feta, lemon zest, and lemon juice in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip with a paddle until soft.
- Slowly drizzle in 1 tsp olive oil while running the mixer at medium speed.
- Arrange bread/crackers and tomatoes on a plate. Scoop whipped feta onto the plate.
- Scatter fresh herbs (if using) and salt flakes over tomatoes and whipped feta.
Add Greek yogurt or sour cream by the spoonful if you like a thinner consistency.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 235Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 649mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 10g
Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.
The feta u are writing about is not correct, there is no Macedonian or Doric feta,these cheeses are white cheese and do not taste at all with the real feta. There is a European law about it, feta cheese is PDO and its Greek all the others are simple cows milk white cheese
This cheese is produced in Canada and as we are not part of the EU, there are special agreements in place.
Producers of feta outside of the European Union, and exporters from the EU to foreign markets, are not subject to the European Commission rules. As such, the non-Greek EU cheese sold abroad is often labeled as feta.
In 2013, an agreement was reached with Canada in which Canadian feta manufacturers retained their rights to continue producing feta while new entrants to the market would label the product “feta-style/type cheese”. In other markets such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere, full generic usage of the term “feta” continues.
I love how creamy this looks – it’s a great dip and spead for sandwiches too!! Perfect!
It might be a bit runny for sandwiches but I’d give it a go!
I love homemade feta. I think they taste better than the store bought. Definitely trying this.
YUM! I bet it would be delicious with homemade feta!
Feta is my fave and I love the citrus with it – YUM~!
yes! It really cuts the salt and brightens it up.
I don’t think I can have another party without this creamy feta dip, again! It was so delicious and flavorful… and was the first thing to disappear off the table. Great recipe!
haha, that’s great to hear! Glad it was a hit Candice.
I love whipped feta! It’s such a gorgeous and delicious appetizer to serve at a party and I also think the leftovers make such a delicious sandwich spread.
Ooooh! That’s a GREAT idea! If I have any leftovers…
Anything with the word “creamy” in it is perfect for me. Also, I love feta, so I KNOW I would eat this up in a second. This looks so good!!
ah yes…creamy is GOOD!! Hope you enjoy it!
I absolutely adore fetta cheese but have never tried it whipped. I’m totally intrigued after reading through this recipe now!
It’s quite delicious, I hope you give it try Leslie!
A wonderfully simple and delicious idea! I always use crumbled feta, but whipping it is such a great idea. Love the addition of roasted tomatoes, they round up the plate nicely!
Yes, it’s nice to have something a bit acidic to complement the feta. Thanks for stopping by Paula.
This whipped feta looks so creamy and delicious. The perfect spread for crusty bread for appetizers or even a light lunch with vegetables.
It would be delicious for lunch…I could eat it any time of day.
I love these types of cheesy appetizers! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!
thank you Analida…it’s very easy and satisying!
Do you know that I had no idea about the two very different feta cheeses, Bernice? I appreciate learning the difference and I cannot wait to try your recipe for Homemade Creamy Whipped Feta. The addition of lemon and preserved lemon would be wonderful, as are the roasted tomatoes – so gourmet! Many thanks for sharing.
Me too! It’s kind of neat to know that this feta is very delicious with half the milk fat! win win!
This looks so good. Exactly what I was looking for — I have a work potluck coming up! Thanks for the idea.
Awesome…so easy to double up too!
YUM!!! This looks amazing, Bernice — an elegant and unexpected spin on feta! Beautiful work, as always.
I think you both would absolutely love it! Not sure what to pair it with though…
I”ve never had whipped feta before. I’ve only ever had the crumbly kind. I’ll have to give this a try.
I love this idea. The whipped feta looks perfect served with toasted bread and roasted tomatoes, but it’s also super versatile. Can’t wait to make this. Pinning.
I hope you love it Colleen!
I always have crumbled feta on hand for salads, grain bowls and roasted veggies, but I’ve never tried making a whipped feta. I’d love to serve this as an appetizer over the holidays. Just add some veggies and crusty bread, and my guests will love it! Thanks for the recipe Bernice! Pinning!
Ah, a fellow feta enthusiast…enjoy!