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TIP OF THE DAY: Layered Dips, Part 1

The original seven-layer dip recipe. Photo
courtesy McCormick.com.

 

The first layered dip we encountered was the iconic layered Mexican dip, also known as a layered bean dip/refried bean dip, nacho dip, taco dip, Tex-Mex dip and five-, six- or seven-layer dip. Dipped with taco chips, it was the rage.

Made from healthful ingredients, it may be time to add into (or back into) your repertoire, starting with Super Bowl Sunday.

The layered dip is typically built in a glass bowl that shows off the different colors and textures of the layers: refried beans, shredded Cheddar or Jack cheese, guacamole, diced tomatoes, salsa, canned green chiles, olives and shredded lettuce, with some seasonings such as taco seasoning or a dusting of cumin.

 
Variations proliferated, including a bean-focused dip with whole black beans and pinto beans, with or without the refried beans layer; cubed avocado instead of guacamole; Greek yogurt instead of sour cream; cilantro and scallions, keeping the diced tomatoes and shredded romaine.

One can regret that, after a few guests have dipped their chips, the pretty layered dish turns into an unattractive mush. If you have aesthetic standards, there are two solutions to this:

  • Make very thin layers on a flat dish (see this example of a thin layered dip)
  • Make individual flavored dip cups (use rocks glasses or plastic 4-ounce cups)
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    Expand your horizons beyond Tex-Mex layered dips with today’s and tomorrow’s layered dip ideas.

    And enjoy them guilt-free: Even the Tex-Mex dip is relatively healthful, if higher in calories: The beans are protein, avocados are a great nutrition food and a top-quality brand of corn/taco chip (we like Food Should Taste Good, Garden Of Eatin’ and Rosa Mexicano) is whole grain.

     

    MIDDLE EASTERN LAYERED DIP RECIPE

    This recipe comes to us from ZoesKitchen.com.

    Ingredients

  • 1 tub (16 ounces) hummus (or make this hummus recipe)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained (use fresh tomatoes in season)
  • 2 diced cucumbers (peel if waxed)
  • Crumbled feta
  • Diced olives
  • Basil or oregano for garnish
  • Pita chips
  • Optional ingredients: capers, sweet onions,
    chopped flat-leaf parsley
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    A Middle Eastern layered dip. Photo courtesy ZoesKitchen.com.

    Preparation

    1. SPREAD hummus across the bottom of a shallow bowl

    2. LAY:ER with diced tomatoes, cucumbers and olives.

    3. SPRINKLE with crumbled feta and basil/oregano.

    Do you have a favorite layered dip concept? Please share.

    And tune in tomorrow for more layered dip ideas.

      




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