11/21/11

The I ♥ Trader Joe's Around the World Cookbook: Htipiti

Last month I came home to find yet another copy of a cookbook for my preview. I'm not one to complain: it's fun having surprise packages waiting by my door. Plus, there is no pressure: I look through the book, mark the recipes I want to try, and then grocery shopping.

Today I'm happy to share with you a recipe from the latest Trader Joe's cookbook from Ulysses Press: The I Trader Joe's Around the World Cookbook. The recipe for Htipiti, a dip made with feta and roasted peppers caught my attention and I thought it'd be a great appetizer for the Lamb Supper Club I hosted last week.


Htipiti
Ingredients
1 jalapeno chile
1 (12 ounce) jar fire-roasted red peppers, drained
2 (8 ounce) packages feta cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon
pinch of red chile pepper flakes

{Note: I know the photo below shows a lime instead of a lemon. I realized my mistake after I already took the photo: I ended up using a lemon in the recipe as was called for in the book.}


Directions
1. In a food processor, chop the jalapeno. Add the roasted pepper and chop more.
2. Crumble in the feta, add the ricotta, and pulse to combine.
3. Add the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and chile pepper flakes and pulse to combine.


I made a few minor changes to the recipe: 1) I only used 1/2 of the jalapeno 2) I reserved some of the red roasted peppers and chopped them to add into the dip at the end 3) I reserved some of the feta and crumbled it into the dip at the end 4) I added chopped parsley, salt and pepper.


From the book: you can use this as a dip for vegetables or toasted pitas, and it's great as a sandwich spread as well. It's yummy, but also it's just fun to say--hhhhti-pi-ti!

The dip was a success. Although I took photos of it with crackers, I served it with home-made toasted pita chips.

I'm looking forward to making a few other recipes from Trader Joe's book!

4 comments:

Krissy said...

Whoa. This looks awesome! Cool cookbook. I'll have to get my hands on that.

Megan said...

1 - I need to make this.
2 - I love the dish you plated your ingredients on!

Alexandra said...

That looks amazing!! And your pictures are awesome too :)

fittoindulge.com said...

Yum dip. Gotta love surprise deliveries. Sometimes I order books online, forget, and then find myself surprised by their delivery. :) It's the little things. Happy Thanksgiving.