Spicy Feta Dip with Fresh Mint and Cilantro

Inspired by an appetizer I once had of feta cheese marinated in cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes, this dip is herby, spicy, savory, and creamy. It’s great on burgers, on eggs, or with anything accompanied by black olives.

Makes about 1 cup.

8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup lowfat plain yogurt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ to ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes, to your taste
1 teaspoon grated orange zest, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

1. Place the feta and yogurt in a small mixing bowl and mash together with a fork until combined but still slightly chunky. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

2. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately garnished with orang zest, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Serve with pitted black olives, sliced baguette, or warmed pita triangles.

From Party Dips! 50 Zippy, Zesty, Spicy, Savory, Tasty, Tempting Dips (The Harvard Common Press, 2004)