Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Hardest Part is the Chopping

It's pretty well documented in the annals of this blog that I am not a cook.  However the one area in which I excel is appetizers.  I recently made this one for our annual Jimmy Buffett pilgrimage.  I think it may be the perfect recipe for hot weather snacking.

Greek-ish Seven Layer Dip

~ 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
~ 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
~ 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
~ 3 cloves garlic, minced
~ 1-1/2 cups prepared hummus
~ 1 cup chopped cucumber
~ 1 cup chopped tomato
~ 1 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives (I hate olives so I only added it to one side of the dip)
~ 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
~ 1/3 cup sliced green onions
~ Pita chips

~ In medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and garlic with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and combined.
~ Spread cream cheese mixture into a deep 9-inch pie plate, or shallow serving dish.
~ Evenly spread hummus on cream cheese layer.
~ Top with cucumber, tomato, olives, feta cheese, and green onions.
~ Cover and refrigerate 2 to 24 hours.
~ Serve with pita chips

Makes about 2-1/2 cups dip

Shout out to my neighbor, Jen's "Auntie" Barbara who brought this deliciousness to a birthday party a while back and to Better Homes and Gardens, I guess because they published it.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Oh, yum! I'm going to try this with neufchatel and fat-free feta. I'll let you know how it turns out.

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

This sounds really good. I laughed at your olive comment...Donnie HATES olives so they'll be on one side of ours as well.


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