How to Turn a Cheesy, Tomatoey Dip into 9 Meals

August  1, 2016

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...

...and pick up these other ingredients, too:

  • Cucumbers
  • Basil or mint
  • A grain like farro or quinoa
  • Cured meat of your choice
  • Bread for grilled cheese and sandwiches
  • Phyllo dough
  • Spinach
  • Provolone (or another type of melting cheese)
  • Pizza dough
  • Pita
  • Eggs
  • Meat of your choice for kebabs
  • Hummus
  • Additional tomato sauce
  • Shrimp

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.

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