I love the holidays not only for the festivities, family-time, and general good cheer but also because they’re a great excuse to try out new recipes. I swear, every weekend there’s a get-together where I need to take a dish to share, and the Feta, Honey & Date Spread I made for a family lunch a few weeks ago was a huge hit.
Holidays or not, it’s nice to have a little nibble available for guests to munch on before a big meal at a party or gathering, and this dip, dunked into with crispy homemade pita crisps, is absolutely mouthwatering.
Crumbled feta cheese, chewy medjool dates, salty green olives, and crunchy roasted almonds come together with help from a dressing of melted honey and a dash of cayenne pepper. Seriously inspired!
Full of different textures – crunchy, chewy, creamy – and flavors – salty, sweet, and tangy – this dip is a blast to eat, and satisfies with just a few bites.
Start by making the pita crisps. Cut pita bread rounds into eighths then toss with extra virgin olive oil, dried thyme, and salt.
Arrange the wedges on a couple of baking sheets then bake until golden brown and crisp.
Next, toast sliced almonds for the dip by giving them a quick bake. Toasting nuts is essential, in my opinion, as it really amps up their flavor and crunchiness, and only takes 5 minutes. Easy!
Cool the almonds slightly then add to a big bowl with chopped medjool dates, crumbled feta cheese, lemon zest, chopped green olives, and a bit of dried thyme.
Finally, microwave honey with a dash of cayenne pepper until warm then drizzle over the other ingredients and stir to combine.
That’s it! Easy as can be and incredibly unique. It’ll be the first thing gone at the party…promise!