By Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Helene Siegel, Cesare Casella, Jack Bishop, Tom Lacalamita, Heather Dismore, Martin Yan, Dede Wilson, Joan H. Moravek, Kristin Eddy

This beautifully reddish orange cheese spread is addictive. It combines two favorite ingredients used in Greek and Arabic cooking: feta cheese and roasted red peppers. The addition of pickled peppers adds a jolt of warmth to this delicious spread. Serve with warm pita bread or thin slices of country whole-wheat bread.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups

1 pound feta cheese

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 roasted red pepper (from a jar)

2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño slices, drained

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Black pepper to taste

Pita bread

  1. Crumble the feta cheese into a blender jar or food processor bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Pulse until creamy.

  2. Add the pepper and jalapeños and pulse until well combined.

  3. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the lemon juice. Pulse until smooth. Season with the black pepper. Serve with warm pita bread.