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Olive & Basil Cheese Dip

Updated on April 28, 2012

A few years back I was at a combined 30th birthday party for my wife's boss and her partner. A few days later, my wife came home and said that her bosses mother had come into work that day and handed her a note for me. For me? My wife was understandably curious, and so was I.

Well, it turns out that during the evening of the party I had complimented her on the dip she had made that night. She had remembered that I was impressed with it, and was giving me the recipe, which I later found out is not a common thing for her to do. She keeps a highly guarded cookbook apparently.

So I thought that I would share it with you today as my cook book is not so guarded...well, anymore that is.

Cast your vote for Olive & Basil Cheese Dip


  • 250 grams Softened Cream Cheese
  • 200 grams Feta Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 15 Kalamata Olives


Combine the cream cheese, feta, basil, pepper and 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a food processor and work until smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl.

If you don't have a food processor, the dip can be made by hand. Just mix the cheeses together with a wooden spoon in a mixing bowl, then finely chop the basil and mix through. It does take a bit of good ole elbow grease though. I have found using a softer feta cheese, like Danish, or some Australian varieties makes the job a little easier when doing it by hand rather than the harder Greek style feta.

Finely chop the kalamata olives and fold them into the cheese and basil mix. Smooth the surface of the dip with the back of a spoon.

Pour over the remaining oil, or as much as you like if it seems too excessive for your taste. Remember that the wider the serving bowl, the thinner the oil spreads out, and garnish with some extra black pepper.

Serve on warm bruschetta or mini toasts.


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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love all the ingredients and even grow basil in our backyard. Will give this recipe a try. Thanks!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks randomcreative! I think you'll love this one then.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love basil and olive oil! This sounds like an amazing recipe. Bookmarking!

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      plinka 6 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      I love fresh basil leaves in salads! This is a great Mediterranean recipe which is easy to make, another good point. Voted up!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      lol missolive...thanks :) I certainly hope you enjoy this one.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      This sounds incredibly easy and tasty! I literally like all of the ingredients. I bet this makes for an awesome dip. And a well guarded one for all the world to see makes it even MORE intriguing ;)

      How could MissOlive not comment on an Olive & Basil Cheese Dip?! LOL I will certainly give this recipe a try.

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Then you'll love this one bizzymom, and how good is it when you grow your own herbs?! It makes cooking so much more fun stepping out into the yard and knowing you have what you need on hand (and fresh!)

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      bizzymom 6 years ago from New York

      We love feta cheese and all kinds of olives in my household. I will definitely give this recipe a try, especially since I grow basil in my garden. Thanks!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      I can't go past some good olives either...and cheese. Thanks for stopping by Hollie, and I hope you do try it, it's delicious.

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      Hollie Thomas 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Intunewithcooking,

      I love olives and basil, especially the aroma. This dip recipe sounds lovely. Will give it a try. Voted up and awesome.