Red Pepper Feta Spread

Simple and addictive, this pepper spread is common in Greece as part of a shared appetizer table (mezes). Serve with toasted pita wedges, Ontario cucumber slices and pepper wedges. This recipes and photo, courtesy of Foodland Ontario.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 16 minutes
Standing Time: 2 hours
Makes 1 cup (250 mL)

1 Ontario greenhouse sweet red pepper, cut into chunks (1-1/4 cups/300 mL)
1/3 cup (75 mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) crumbled Ontario feta cheese (4 oz/125 g)
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) crushed red pepper flakes

In medium skillet, combine red pepper and water; cover and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes or until pepper is tender. Uncover and bring to boil; simmer until all liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes.

In food processor or blender, purée pepper, cheese and pepper flakes until smooth. Transfer to bowl; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Tip: Any leftovers make a fantastic sandwich or burger spread.

Nutritional Information:
1 serving
PROTEIN: 4 grams
FAT: 5 grams
FIBRE: 0 grams
SODIUM: 285 mg