An easy cheese dip with feta cheese, spicy tomato sauce and lots of fresh herbs!
Pigeon Forge, TN reminds me of one, epic street carni. Don’t get me wrong, it is certainly fun and entertaining but it also sends me into sensory overload. It’s just one tourist attraction after another for miles and miles.
Everywhere you look it’s hillbilly golf, go-carts, random dinosaur roller coasters, year round Christmas shops, ferris wheels and slides. Sign after sign is beckoning you to see the stories of the Bible, talking dogs, country singers, lumberjacks, Elvis and wax figures. Sites, sounds and smells abound. The tourists and their cars are just as plentiful.
But at the end of it all you look around and see the wonders of nature; between the noble Appalachian mountains, the clear flowing streams and the untouched forests. This area is such a contradiction between the sensationalized and the sublime. Somehow it’s altogether irresistible.
On our recent trip to Tennessee, we discovered that there is more to this vacation hot spot than funnel cakes and fudge. We found a restaurant off the beaten path that served up the most delicious feta cheese dip. It took me a few months, but I think I have been able to recreate that warm cheese dip at home!
Being Greek, feta cheese is a staple in my house. I throw it everything from salads to burgers. And now I use it in dips! This feta cheese dip was incredibly easy. You only need six ingredients! I started with a block of feta cheese that I placed in my baking dish. I combined jarred arrabbiata sauce ( a spiced up tomato sauce) with fresh garlic and poured it over my feta. I added a bit more spice with red pepper flakes and then baked this appetizer for 20 minutes. I sprinkled fresh oregano, basil and parsley and served it with Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins. The light, crispy , low-sodium crackers held up to the feta and tomato dip. The flavor from the fresh herbs and the garlic really popped and helped disguise the fact that the tomatoes came from a jar. The feta cheese does not melt, just softens and intensifies in flavor. This is one appetizer recipe that is truly sensational AND sublime!
Nutrition Information Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 63 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 17mg Sodium 270mg Carbohydrates 3g Fiber 1g Sugar 2g Protein 3g
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