A sort of pureed Greek salad, this tangy dip is what the restaurant Fire, in Cleveland, Ohio, serves with its signature “clay” breads. While the mixture of feta cheese and cucumber suggests the Middle East, the idea of pureeing them to make a dip is uniquely American.
Step 1: Place the feta, cucumber, onion, garlic, oregano, black pepper, and cayenne in a food processor. Process to a coarse puree.
Step 2: With the motor running, add the olive oil and lemon juice through the feed tube. Season with salt to taste. The dip can be refrigerated, covered, for 2 days, but it is best served the day it’s made.
To seed a cucumber, cut it in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with a melon bailer or spoon.