Tyrokafteri | Spicy Feta Dip
Updated: May 5
Feta cheese is one of the key ingredients in Greek cuisine. It’s no surprise that this spicy feta dip, known in Greece as Tyrokafteri, is hugely popular and served widely at restaurants and homes around the country. It is typically an option on mezze platters which are served in restaurants and homes before a meal. It is eaten with fresh grilled pita, vegetables, and anything else that is presented to dip.
I like serving this dip to friends and family because it’s always nice to have a light, spicy dip to go with chips and vegetables. Plus, sometimes I think it’s just the right amount of different from the other heavy cheese dips which are typically found on home menus. In the summer especially, I like serving dips that are light and flavorful. It is perfect for serving with finger food and cocktails around our pool!
The Tabasco and cayenne are what give this dip a uniquely spicy kick that isn’t too overpowering. If you want to make it a tad spicier I recommend adding an extra touch of crushed red pepper. It really depends on what you prefer and what you think your guests will like. To serve this traditionally like we do in Greece I recommend lots of freshly grilled pita bread and a selection of freshly cut vegetables. You can also serve it with potato chips or pita chips for a crunchier mouth feel. No matter how you serve this expect it to be a hit!
Spicy Feta Dip
This delicious dip is perfect for serving at home or taking to a party. It is incredibly simple to make and you can adjust the heat depending on your preference. I recommend using the highest quality feta you can find because the creamy texture will really make a difference.
Makes 6 Servings
Timing: 5 minutes
Equipment Needed: large food processor
1 lb feta – I use Dodoni and crumble myself
3 sprigs Fresh thyme, cleaned and finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped roasted red pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper
6-8 Dashes tobacco sauce
3 tbsp olive oil
Add the feta into to food processor. Process for about 15-20 seconds, or until the feta is crumbled into very small pieces.
Add the olive oil, thyme, red pepper, cayenne, and hot sauce. Puree for 2-3 minutes, or until fully blended.
Remove the finished dip from food processor and top with an additional pinch of cayenne.
Serve with fresh grilled pita triangles.
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