Food nerd confession: I love grocery shopping.
Obviously a huge part of what I enjoy is being in food Mecca, but I also find the ritual and the process so calming; I love making lists, brainstorming meal ideas and winding my way slowly through the aisles as I find inspiration in all the different ingredients.
This indulgent Whipped Feta and Spinach Dip recipe is the result of one such grocery trip!
Last Sunday I decided to mix-up my weekly shopping trip and check out Whole Foods.
I don’t typically shop at Whole Foods since it can be fairly pricey, and honestly, I have a hard enough time balancing my food budget at my regular grocery store, but I was in the mood to shake up my routine last week.
The first time I went shopping at Whole Foods I remember feeling utterly overwhelmed. It was a crowded Saturday afternoon, I didn’t know where anything was, and none of the food was familiar. Truthfully, I just wanted to bolt. I get semi claustrophobic in crowds, and I didn’t like that my grocery store happy place, an experience that’s usually relaxing and peaceful for me, was completely upended into chaos and confusion (I get overly dramatic about change, I know).
This second foray into the land of all things upper middle class, modern hippie, and organic went FAR more smoothly.
I mentally prepared myself for the impending chaos and instead embraced the excitement of being out of my element. I took my time as I wandered the entire store inefficiently and without routine. I backtracked nonstop and putzed as I slowly studied labels. Basically, it was wonderful. I felt like some sort of culinary anthropologist, studying this new store and food culture. And truthfully, if it was in our budget I would shop all organic and fancy in a heartbeat.
Throughout my ambling I stocked up on a few health food items that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods, shopped the sales, and continued the quest to find my personal culinary unicorn: healthy convenience food (I get tired too friends).
The trip was surprisingly successful, I discovered a few boxed sides that looked promising AND were on sale (score!), and found a delicious Feta and Spinach Dip that was on sale to try.
After devouring up said Feta Dip later that afternoon, I scanned the container to find that the ingredient list was as simple as: feta, cream cheese, spinach, and garlic. Being the food blogger that I am, I could not resist making a homemade version of this easy appetizer.
This dip is deceptively simple for how tasty is, although really, aren’t most good recipes like that?
The secret (if you can even call it that) of what makes this dip so good is nailing the balance of the zesty garlic, salty feta, and earthy spinach with the rich cream cheese base. The sum of these parts combines to be become something better than they were at the start, this magical indulgent dip. Savor with fancy expensive crackers if you’re feeling truly naughty, or assuage your cheese loving guilt by serving with wholesome veggies.
Whether you’re a host or guest this Easter, cooking or not, making a traditional ham dinner or an elaborate Sunday brunch, this effortless appetizer would be perfectly at home on your menu. And lucky for you, I already roamed grocery store aisles for deals, and made the culinary pilgrimage to find if for you!
P.S. Look out for one more Easter friendly recipe on Saturday! Hint: Fig Newtons + brunch
- 8 Oz Cream Cheese (thawed)
- 6-8 Oz Feta Cheese
- 2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
- 1 C Fresh Spinach
- 1 Clove Garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse the spinach leaves and gently pat them dry.
- Peel the skin from the garlic clove and chop it into a few pieces.
- If using a Feta cheese block, break apart into smaller pieces.
- Measure all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and well combined.
- Chill in the fridge to thicken, or serve immediately with veggies and crackers.