This whipped feta dip recipe makes the perfect party appetizer in like 10 minutes! Topped with a decadent dried fig Marsala sauce, chopped pistachios, and fresh mint!
Here is a fun tidbit I recently came across: dried figs were the choice high-energy food for ancient Greek Olympians! (Pre-workout snack, anyone?)
Mediterraneans’ undeniable affinity for figs goes thousands of years back. We love fresh succulent figs, of course. But when dried, figs take on a different, more intense flavor, which makes them such a versatile ingredient. You’ll see dried figs in Mediterranean sweet and savory dishes–from pastries and cakes, to roasts and hearty stews! And they are often a part of the important, and never-to-be-rushed, mezze or social hour!
Living in the US, I keep a variety of quality California Dried Figs from Valley Fig Growers on hand. I use them on the regular! They typically find their way into a bowl of Mediterranean-style trail mix with my favorite nuts. And when entertaining, I’ll often use them as part of a cheese board, or in a quick appetizer like my favorite baked brie or today’s whipped feta dip.
This quick feta dip is not one I had to think about too hard. The star ingredients are salty, creamy feta cheese + sweet, dried figs. We already know that’s a winning combination!
But what takes this feta dip to a new level of decadence is, without a question, the dried figs and Marsala sauce on top! The crushed pistachios and fresh mint garnish didn’t hurt either. If you ask me, this is definitely a holiday-worthy appetizer!Print
For the Fig Marsala Sauce
- 1 cup dried Mission figs (Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Mission Figlets or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs)
- 2 tbsp fig spread (Orchard Choice Organic Mission California Fig Spread)
- 1/2 cup Marsala wine
For the Feta Dip
- 8 oz quality feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Handful dried golden figs (Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Golden Figs)
- 2 tbsp chopped shelled pistachios
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Crostini, pita chips, or crackers to serve
- In a heavy saucepan, combine the mission figs, Marsala wine, and fig spread. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer until the wine turns into a thicker syrup-like consistency. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- To make the feta dip, place the feta and cream cheese into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse until the cheeses are mixed. Add the honey, lemon zest, and olive oil. Blend until well-combined and the cheeses are whipped into a smooth dip.
- Transfer the feta dip to a serving plate or two. Top with the fig Marsala sauce. Add golden figs, chopped pistachio and mint leaves for garnish. Serve with crostini, pita chips, or crackers!
– I used the bite-sized Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Figlets for the sauce, but if you end up using the larger figs, you can cut them in half if you like smaller bites. – To complete a simple cheese board as in the pictures, add your favorite firm or semi-firm cheese, blue cheese, more fig spread, and a bowl of dried figs and nuts.
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