Wednesday, January 19, 2011

7-Layer Greek Dip

Okay, for all you sugar haters out there (just kidding - who could hate sugar?) here is a healthy and flavorful recipe. I'm borrowing it from, where else?, Our Best Bites. I made it for New Year's Eve and accidentally bought Kalamata olives that were marinated in something spicy (stupid Fry's deli needs to fix their labels) so it had a little kick to it but it was still really good. I made it again this weekend since I still had so many of the ingredients on hand.

You can use store-bought hummus (you'll most likely find it in the deli section as well as the Kalamata olives) or there is a great recipe to make your own here. I've bought Stacy's brand pita chips to serve with it, but crackers are great too.

from Our Best Bites

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened (low fat is fine)
1 tsp. dill weed or Greek Seasoning (I actually use about 1/2 - 3/4 tsp. of both)
3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 cups hummus
1 cup seeded, diced cucumbers
1 cup seeded, diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
1/8 - 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

With an electric mixer, combine cream cheese with dill and/or Greek seasoning, garlic, and lemon juice. Spread in the bottom of a pie plate or shallow serving dish. Then spread a layer of hummus. Then, in order, sprinkle evenly with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, onions, Feta*, and parsley. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. Serve with pita chips, crackers, or fresh veggies.

*I also like to sprinkle some freshly cracked black pepper on top, before the parsley.

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