Food & dining

Recipe for spicy feta-harissa spread

Food styling by Sheryl Julian and Valerie Ryan; Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Serves 6

Harissa, the Moroccan red pepper paste available at special markets, is beaten into feta cheese with a little grated onion and Greek yogurt to make this spicy spread. You need feta that will turn creamy in the food processor; French feta is one choice. Garnish it with maras or Aleppo pepper, which are not as hot as crushed red peppers, but a little smoky.

8ounces creamy feta (such as French feta)
1tablespoon olive oil
1teaspoon harissa, or more to taste
2tablespoons grated onion
½cup plain Greek yogurt
Maras or Aleppo pepper, or crushed red pepper (for garnish)

1. In a food processor, combine the feta, olive oil, harissa, and onion. Pulse the mixture.

2. Add the Greek yogurt and pulse just to blend it until smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more harissa (up to an additional 1 teaspoon) or grated onion, if you like.


3. Pack the spread into a bowl and sprinkle with maras, Aleppo, or crushed red pepper.

Sheryl Julian