Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins
Tyri = cheese, Kafteri = hot, as in spicy. So there you have it, a spicy feta cheese dip or spread. Goes great on an appetizer tray and makes anything dipped in it taste fantastic. A word of caution though - don't use the dried-up feta from the grocery store. Please use a good quality feta from an ethnic deli, or at least a mass produced feta that comes packaged in brine (TJ's or WF are good options). I found this recipe on Elly Says Opa - and believe me, you'll be saying "opa", too!
- 1 -2 banana pepper, depending on how spicy you want it (see note)
- 1⁄3 lb good quality feta cheese
- 1⁄3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
- Place the banana peppers directly over a gas flame (or under a broiler), turning often, until blackened spots appear on all sides. Place in a bowl and cover with a clean towel until cook enough to handle. Peel, seed, and remove the stems from the peppers; then, chop them.
- Add the peppers, feta, Greek yogurt, and cider vinegar to the bowl of a food processor and processes until fairly smooth.
- Slowly stream in the oil, while continuing to pulse. You may need more or less, depending on your desired consistency.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- NOTE: You can use different types of peppers, just adjust for the degree of spiciness you want.
My husband loves tyrokafteri, so I made this for him. It really hit the spot. Just enough of a heat kick from the banana pepper. A great meze.