Summer dips from the Mediterranean [RECIPE]

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LISTEN UP. The summer is coming back! (…or maybe I’m just bringing a bit of the summer back from Malta) ;)

After what felt like the longest winter in history, Luxembourg seems to finally be emerging into something which resembles summer (wasn’t the weather on the Duke’s Birthday glorious?) – and that means going outside and eating more summery things. Today, I’d like to share a couple of go-to dips that are inspired by different Mediterranean flavours, using products that have been kindly provided by Delhaize Luxembourg.

lemon feta and tomato pepper

The lemon-feta dip is potentially a love-it-or-hate-it kind of paste, but most of my friends adore it and clamour for more every time I make it. If you’re not a fan of lemons, perhaps choose a smaller lemon or go easy on the zest, but I love putting a bit more in, actually.

The tomato-cracker-pepper dip is inspired by a family recipe (my boyfriend’s family, that is) – his grandfather used to make this dip with traditional Maltese water crackers and traditional Maltese kunserva (tomato paste). However, Delhaize offers a great selection of own-brand products which served as substitutes for the classic Maltese ingredients, and we also used spicy crackers (instead of plain ones), which gave the dip a little extra kick.

Here are the ingredients for each dip: simply blend them together and serve with crudités or crackers/breadsticks/fresh bread. It’s also very important to have a nice, cool beverage to accompany your dips – we went for a picnic in a park in Bonnevoie and had some Delhaize bio cider.

Tomato, cracker and chilli pepper dip

  • a clove of garlic (diced)
  • crackers (add anywhere between 100g and 500g, depending on the desired consistency) (crumbled)
  • one can of tomato paste
  • a couple of generous glugs of sunflower oil
  • fresh chilli peppers (a handful of the small ones, or two medium-sized/large ones) (diced)

Lemon feta summer dip

  • 200g feta cheese (crumbled)
  • one lemon (juice and zest)
  • a clove of garlic (diced)
  • a couple of generous glugs of olive oil

mediterranean dips

These make a lovely snack, picnic item, party dip, or starter preceding a meal or BBQ. Let me know if you make one and how it turned out.

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