Whipped Feta with Preserved Lemon

When life gives you lemons, try this Whipped Feta Dip with Preserved Lemon recipe instead.

Creamy, tart, and savory—it’s the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. The rich feta and citrus flavors are perfectly complementary when served with bread or crackers. Whether it’s the holidays or a dinner date in, bring this easy cheesy creation to the table.

Whipped Feta with Preserved Lemon

8 servings


  • 8 ounces local feta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 small fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced preserved lemon (peel only)
  • Black pepper
  • Sliced rustic bread, pita triangles, or crackers, for serving


  1. In a food processor pulse feta until it is in tiny, crumblike pieces. Scrape down sides of bowl, add cream cheese, and process until mixture is very smooth, about 1½ minutes.
  2. In a small skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, thyme, and sage and let sizzle until mixture is very fragrant, about 1 minute (take care—the sage leaves will sputter). Take off heat and stir in preserved lemon.
  3. Transfer whipped feta to a wide, shallow serving dish. Spoon olive oil mixture over it and sprinkle with pepper. Serve with bread or crackers.

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