Monday, January 30, 2012

7 Layer Greek Dip

If you're anything like me, you have been searching the internet like crazy looking for great superbowl party foods. And again, if you're anything like me you are stunned to see some of the odd elaborate football inspired appetizers, meals, etc. I don't want my food to LOOK like a football or football field, I just want good recipes to serve.... something new, something re-invented, or something classic. None of this nonsense of shaping a brownie like a football... just give me some good recipes! (Okay, I will admit I do love the football themed cupcakes and cake pops.. but that is it!)

This year, in honor of trying to keep our Superbowl party kind of healthy... I am bringing this dip to be my saving grace.  It does have cream cheese... and I refused to use the low fat kind... so that is my splurge. I made this about a week ago for my sister-in-laws baby shower and it seemed to be quite a hit so it definitely warrants another test group and I think the ladies will love the lightness of this flavorful dish. 

I received the inspiration to make this dish on pinterest from Our Best Bites and the website I found it at has a GREAT photo tutorial that you can view here. I only made a few variations of her original and think anything you might want to add or remove will still make a wonderful dip.  

7 Layer Greek Dip
Serves: 10-12

8 ounces of cream cheese (garden vegetable)
8 ounce container of roasted red pepper hummus
1 cucumber, peeled seeded and chopped
1 tomato seeded and chopped
5 ounces pitted and halved kalamata olives
4 ounces of crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup of chopped green onions (optional; I skip these when entertaining!)
A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Spread the cream cheese on top of a serving platter. (I tend to use a circle platter and spread the cream cheese to make an inner circle on the platter, leaving room for pita chips to be placed on the sides of the dip.) Refrigerate for a half an hour. Drop the hummus by small spoonfuls evenly over the top of the cream cheese. Spread as evenly as possible. Top with the remaining ingredients in layers in the following order: cucumber, tomatoes, olives, feta, green onions, and a tiny drizzle of olive oil.

Serve with pita chips.
-The Little Bitchin Kitchen 

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