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Olives, tomatoes, feta, and garlic aren't shy with flavor, so when they all come together in a cheesy, salty, melty dip, they're sure to bring comfort to a whole week of lunches and dinners. That the dish comes together in 20 minutes is pretty convenient, too.
Here's how to repurpose one dip for a week of good meals.
Over the weekend, make a double batch...
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce, homemade or store-bought (a teeny amount! so the cheese doesn’t stick to the bottom! a perfect use for leftovers or the dregs of the jar)
- 8 ounces block of feta cheese, drained
- 1/2 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives
- 1 1/3 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- a few turns fresh ground pepper
- toast, crackers, pita, and/or a spoon for eating
...and pick up these other ingredients, too:
- Basil or mint
- A grain like farro or quinoa
- Cured meat of your choice
- Bread for grilled cheese and sandwiches
- Phyllo dough
- Provolone (or another type of melting cheese)
- Pizza dough
- Meat of your choice for kebabs
- Additional tomato sauce
Then over the week, turn this dip into meals:
Greek Salad: This one is an easy one—let the feta dip cool down (or use it straight from the fridge), then mix it with fresh cucumbers, basil or mint, and maybe a grain. Lunch!
Kinda, Sorta Muffaletta: Instead of pickles and cheese, layer some of this feta onto your bottom bread, add some cured meat, and warm in the oven if you like.
Phyllo Pockets: Make a makeshift tyropita with the feta dip and store-bought phyllo dough.
Greek Grilled Cheese: Inspired by this sandwich, pile the dip, spinach leaves, and some provolone between two slices of bread and griddle.
Calzone: Form pizza dough into smaller circles than you would for pizza and spoon some of the feta-tomato mixture onto half (like you would a quesadilla), leaving a 1/2-inch around the edge. Moisten the edge of the circle, fold the empty side over the filled side, and crimp the edges with a fork. Baked in a very hot oven for about 15 minutes.
Pita Pocket: Pita + feta dip + fried egg. Any raw vegetables you have on hand, too.
Kebab Dinner: Grill up any sort of kebab you like and have some bread on hand, along with the dip, some sautéed spinach, and maybe hummus, too.
Shortcut Shakshuka: Fold the feta dip into a pot with tomato sauce, let it simmer, then plop eggs in and bake.
Saucy Shrimp: Make Greek-style shrimp with tomato sauce and top with feta dip.