This variation, from Cameron Curtis | The
Food Network, uses artichoke hearts. Photo
courtesy Food Network.
How many times have you had a Mexican layered dip—a.k.a. Seven Layer Bean Dip or Seven Layer Taco Dip—a layering of chopped black olives, diced tomatos, grated Cheddar, guacamole, refried beans, sliced green onions and sour cream, served with tortilla chips?
Sure, it’s popular. But for this year’s Super Bowl, how about a different spin: a seven layer Greek-style dip with pita chips? That’s what we’re making.
Yo don’t need seven layers: You can choose as many or as few layers as you like. The one thing we personally insist on is layering the ingredients in a glass salad bowl, so everyone can enjoy the pretty layers before the chip-dippers get busy.
PICK YOUR SEVEN LAYERS
Feta cheese, crumbled
Plain Greek yogurt
Artichoke hearts, well drained and chopped
Cucumbers, diced and seeded
Kalamata olives, chopped
Fresh tomatoes, chopped and seeded or sundried tomatoes, chopped
Red or yellow bell peppers, small dice
Chopped red onions or thinly sliced green onions
Optional garnish: fresh dill, mint and/or parsley, snipped
INDIVIDUAL LAYERED DIPS
Here’s a simple recipe from Stacy’s Pita Chips. If you don’t have verrines (the small glasses in the photo), clear juice glasses or other appropriate vessels, you can buy plastic rocks cups (9 ounces).
Hummus (you can use flavored hummus for one of the layers)
Diced tomatoes (you can substitute red bell pepper when tomatoes are out of season)
Toppings: crumbled feta cheese, sliced black olives, minced red onion
Garnish: chiffonade of mint, pita chip
1. PLACE a layer of hummus at the bottom of the glass, followed by a layer of tzatziki. Repeat.
You can make layered dips as individual portions—a fun appetizer idea. Photo courtesy Stacy’s Pita Chips.
2. ADD a layer of diced tomatoes. Top with the feta, olives, onion and mint. Crown with a pita chip.