Sweet and Spicy Pepper Feta Spread


This was one of the many simple sides made during the Middle Eastern Feast. One of the great things about this side is that it acts as a shortcut to make several sides: overlap a few ingredients here and there and simply wipe out the cuisinart between sides. I bought a big ol’ block of feta and used just half of it to make this spread. I had to buy areppo pepper for a couple of the other dishes, and I roasted peppers to have as a side and to sprinkle on top of a few different dishes. So here’s how to roast sweet peppers, and turn simple feta into a tasty and creamy spread.

Sweet and Spicy Pepper Feta Spread adapted from Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean
4 medium sized sweet red or yellow peppers
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground aleppo pepper
1/4 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 pound feta, drained
1 Tablespoon sriracha (or more)
Parsley for garnish (optional)

To roast the peppers: Heat the oven to 425. Rub the peppers with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Roast on a cookie sheet for about 15-20 minutes, turning over once in the middle. Turn the heat up to broil and broil on each side for about 2-3 minutes (for a total of 6-8 minutes), or until the sides are all blackened. Remove the peppers from the heat, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the peppers steam themselves while you make the rest of the spread.

Place all ingredients, minus the bell peppers, in a food processor. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel the skin off with your fingers. Remove the top of the pepper and pull out the seeds. Add 2 of the cleaned and roasted peppers to the feta. Puree until completely smooth. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until set.

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