Last-Minute Yogurt Dip

October 27, 2021
10 Ratings
Photo by Julia Garland. Prop Stylist: Molly Fitzsimons. Food Stylist: Anna Billingskog.
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 3 minutes
  • Serves 6 to 8
Author Notes

If you’re looking for a quick, reliable appetizer, I got you. This last-minute yogurt dip uses ingredients I almost always have around: yogurt, oil, spices, and herbs. Heat some olive oil, then pour it over fresh parsley, spicy paprika, lots of black pepper, and minced garlic. Hear that sizzle? I want you to think of this less as a recipe and more as a template. Out of parsley? Use dill! Despise dill? Use cilantro! Not a fan of Greek yogurt? Ricotta or mascarpone are happy to help! Pair this dip with crunchy vegetables and crostini (or crackers or potato chips) and watch everyone fight over it. And let me know how you would riff on it in the comments below. —Carolina Gelen

Test Kitchen Notes

This dish is part of Residentsgiving—aka the Thanksgiving menu of our wildest dreams—created by Food52's resident experts-slash-superheroes. Devour the rest of the spread here, and while you're at it, learn how to Remix & Remaster your Thanksgiving. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 handful parsley leaves and tender stems, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 10 ounces (1¼ cups) whole-milk Greek yogurt
  1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan for 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, add the garlic, parsley, pepper, paprika, cayenne, and salt to a bowl. Pour the hot oil in the bowl and let it infuse for 5 minutes.
  2. Swirl the yogurt into a shallow bowl, then sprinkle all over with a pinch of salt. Drizzle some or all of the oil mixture on top. (If you have leftover oil, you can save it in the fridge to eat with eggs, potatoes, whatever you want.) Serve the dip with raw vegetables, crackers, and/or bread.

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  • Kristin
  • Russet
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Carolina is a resident at Food52. She's also one of the hosts of Choose Your Own Recipe Adventure, our YouTube show where our Food52 readers pick the ingredients and techniques for a brand new recipe. Carolina recently immigrated to the U.S. from Transylvania, a place she spent most of her life. She continues to get inspired by the classic Romanian and Hungarian foods she was raised on, creating approachable, colorful, and fun recipes. For more cooking ideas and candid moments, check out her Instagram @carolinagelen.

5 Reviews

Russet April 7, 2022
I made this for a trial run to a party at the last minute. I used less oil, smoky paprika, and crushed red pepper as I did not have cayenne. It was soooo good and so easy I am going to make it again for a party I am having. The trick is getting it to look so lovely in the bowl like the picture here. After all we eat with our eyes.
Terry January 3, 2022
Love this recipe. Delicious and so quick and easy! Leftover oil is good as a condiment, too.
jane December 25, 2021
I have already forwarded this to friends, it’s my new favorite. The chili oil is the best.
Kristin November 4, 2021
This was a great and really quick-to-make hit of our gathering. Delicious flavors and so easy – I described the making of it at least five times over the course of the evening & even that was quick:) Will definitely make it again!
Suepur October 31, 2021
A brilliant recipe so simple but packed with great flavours