Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mediterranean Layer Dip

What are you doing for Super Bowl?  I know I’ve mentioned I love going to Super Bowl parties.  The parties combine some of my favorite things: socializing, eating, watching football and talking about food (talking about food might be unique to my group of friends, I don’t know).  We were invited to two different Super Bowl parties this year.  We are heading over to Joanne and Todd’s so, I’m not going to compete in Tammy and Tom’s pizza cook-off this year.  I am excited to hear what Sandy and Brian come up with, since they usually win.

I’m not competing in a food competition, but I know we will be eating well!  Joanne and Todd are great hosts, so no one goes home hungry, and I’m excited to bring Mediterranean Layer Dip with me to share.

I made Mediterranean Layer Dip to enjoy while watching the Pro Bowl last weekend.  I have to admit that the Pro Bowl, though meaningless, is a fun to watch.  The players are having such a good time, and their joy in being there is a blast to see.  This layer dip was great to nosh on while we watched the game.

I have a soft, comfortable spot in my heart for traditional layer dip.  I love the salty chips and the creamy dip, so when I saw this creative take on layer dip in Bean by Bean a Cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon, I had to try it.  I’m glad I did.  The flavors are fresh and lively, and the combination is unique.  I made the hummus from scratch, but you can easily use store bought hummus for this layer dip.  I do have to admit the homemade hummus really shines in this layer dip, and is so easy, I have to ask myself why I don’t make hummus from scratch all the time.  Les and the kids liked the layer dip too.  We ate about half of it Sunday, and we were all happy to polish it off Monday before dinner.

Mediterranean Layer dip tastes lighter than traditional layer dip, so it is perfect to serve when there are plenty of other heavier appetizers around.  If you are looking for something light and unique to bring to your Super Bowl party, try Mediterranean Layer Dip.

Mediterranean Layer Dip
Adapted from Bean by Bean a Cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon
1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
6 to 8 radishes, tops and tails removed, well washed and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lemon
2 bunches green onions, white and light green portions only, chopped
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 Tablespoons chopped dill
2 ½ cups hummus (recipe follows)
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup kalamata olives, chopped

Pita chips

In a medium colander with a bowl underneath, stir together the cucumber, radishes, jalapeno, lemon juice and salt.  Let the cucumber mixture drain for at least 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together the green onions, parsley, and dill.  Set aside.

Spread the hummus on the bottom of a glass pie plate.  Sprinkled drained cucumber mixture over the hummus, and add the green onion mixture on top of the cucumber mixture.  Add the feta cheese, and top with the sour cream.  Sprinkle the sour cream with the tomatoes and the kalamata olives.  Serve immediately with pita chips.

Adapted from Bean by Bean a Cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon
2 15-ounce cans reduced sodium garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained, liquid reserved
3 tablespoons tahini
2 Tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
Juice of 1 to 2 lemons, or more to taste
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Combine the garbanzo beans, 2 tablespoons of the reserved bean liquid, tahini, olive oil, garlic and the juice of one lemon in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until very smooth.  Add more bean liquid and lemon juice until the hummus is the consistency of sour cream or a little thinner.  Taste and add salt and pepper.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavors combine.


  1. The dip looks great! I think I'll give it a try. I always look for tasty and healthy recipes. Welcome to my blog:

    Thanks a lot!

  2. Hi XJ, Thank you! I think you will like the layer dip. Thanks for visiting! Janice

  3. Oh that looks SO good, definitely doing that instead of popcorn this weekend! I just have one question; would the hummus taste really different if you use sea salt instead of kosher salt? What is the difference? Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  4. Hi Yvonne, I'm sure you can use sea salt instead of kosher salt. I have kosher salt on hand, so that's what I use. I list kosher salt in the ingredient list so you know I'm not using table salt. Janice

  5. Lovely! I'm printing this out so I'll remember it.

  6. Looks so yummy! Wanted to let you know that I'm doing a round up of recipes that I can't wait to try in the near future, and I'd like to include this one. I will be listing the name of your recipe, linked back to your site, as well as your site name. A photo will bein a collage format only, so that your picture cannot be "swiped" from my site. And there will be no information about the ingredients or recipe steps so that readers must come visit you if they want to know how to make it! This will go live on the 13th; please do let me know if you don't want me to link to you for some reason. I hope it brings you a lot of traffic!



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