There are a few recipes that have made their way into our normal rotation. We often make the roasted garlic that comes to every table at Downtown Disney’s Portobello. Nearly every weekend that we’re at home contains at least one mixed drink that we learned how to make thanks to the bartenders at Jellyrolls. But the easiest recipe of all is a retired recipe that can be found in the book Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs.
Once an appetizer on the menu at the now-closed Spoodles on the Boardwalk, Hitipi is a wonderful light dip that can be served with just about anything from crudités to flatbreads. I recently got a new food processor and had to christen it with this tasty recipe. I knew it would be the perfect thing to serve at our Oscars party. Staying in and watching the Academy Awards on TV is one of our favorite nights of the year.
The thing I like most about Hitipi is that you can completely control how much fat is in it without sacrificing any flavor at all. There are only four ingredients in the dip (six if you count salt and pepper): crumbled feta cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt and garlic. Now, if you’re paying attention, that’s garlic and three types of dairy that all come in fat-free varieties and still taste great in their skim forms. Presidente makes a delicious fat-free feta that comes in 8 oz bricks, which is exactly how much you need in this recipe. I tend to use Athenos, which is still serviceable, because none of my local grocery stores carry Presidente.
For hardware, all you need is a food processor. If you don’t have one, don’t worry too much. You can make this dip in a blender or even by hand. I’ve made it with nothing but a fork before and it still turned out great. You may find it’s a little more chunky when you mix it that way, but it’s still delicious spread on flatbread no matter how these ingredients come together.
I’ve made this recipe so many times that I just eyeball the ingredients and adjust depending on how much dip I want to make, but I’ll post the actual Cooking with Mickey recipe below.
- 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I like to use Greek for a slightly thicker consistency)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (approximately one clove)
- 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste.
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. That’s seriously all you have to do!
Cooking with Mickey notes that this dip can be doctored with any fresh or dried herbs you might want to add. It’s outstanding with mint, oregano, lemon zest, basil, scallions, chives or red pepper flakes. I’m sure there are a whole host of great herbs and spices that I haven’t even considered that would be excellent complements to the flavors of the hitipi. Don’t be afraid to play around with it. It’s almost impossible to mess up!
This dip is a great way to use up leftover ingredients, be they fresh herbs or vegetables or bread that will become the vehicle for your dip. Tonight I’m serving ours with some baby carrots and sweet peppers that we had leftover from other dinners earlier in the week. I also love Hitipi with cucumber spears, Wheat Thins, flatbread and snap peas.
My notes on this recipe:
I can’t say this enough. You can use reduced fat or skim versions of the feta, yogurt and sour cream without sacrificing taste at all. When I make hitipi, it’s completely fat free and still delicious. I do recommend using Greek yogurt instead of regular if you go that route, though. Skim dairy products can have a thinner consistency and the Greek yogurt will help alleviate that. I’ll also add that this recipe calls for minced garlic, which I do often use just because it’s so easy to dip a teaspoon into a jar of minced garlic, but I prefer to use a freshly peeled and chopped garlic clove. Using fresh garlic adds a little bit of bite that I find quite refreshing, especially if you’re going to be adding fresh herbs.
Have you ever made Hitipi or any other recipes from Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs? What are some of your favorite Disney foods to make at home?