Seven super layers

11 Jul

I love cookouts, potlucks and other such parties because I get to cook or bake something for others to enjoy. They benefit because they get to partake in my awesome and delicious culinary experiments; I benefit because I get to participate in my favorite hobby and eat the fruits of my labor.

I try to make something fun, event-appropriate and healthy (sometimes), but I was shut down for the cookout over the Fourth of July.

This is how the conversation with Christopher went:

C: What do you want to bring (to the cookout)?

K: I don’t know. Did you have anything in mind?

C: No. Zach said not to bring anything healthy, though. He said he won’t eat it.

K: *silence* Oh. *genius strikes* I can make seven-layer dip. Does that sound good?

I did a little research to double-check the seven layers of a traditional seven-layer dip and wrote a simple recipe a few days in advance, got the supplies a couple days in advance and got to work the morning of the party.

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Here’s the recipe:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 14-ounce cans pinto beans, drained

1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1/4 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes and oregano

1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

3 medium avocados, mashed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

1 to 1 1/2 cups salsa or diced tomatoes

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 small cans sliced black olives

1/4 cup chopped green onions or chives

In a large nonstick pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add beans and mash with the back of a wooden spoon. Add salt and cook about 5-8 minutes, or until beans are warmed through. Let cool.

Spread beans evenly on bottom of large serving plate or platter.

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In medium-sized bowl, combine Greek yogurt and spices and stir until well combined.

Spread “sour cream” evenly on top of beans.

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In medium-sized bowl, combine avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mash until well combined.

Spread guacamole evenly on top of beans.

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Spread salsa or tomatoes evenly on top of guacamole.

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Sprinkle cheese evenly on top of salsa or tomatoes. Sprinkle olives evenly on top of cheese. Sprinkle green onions or chives evenly on top of olives.

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I presented the large plate of dip to our host, and he promptly dropped his jaw. I saw lots of plates with dobs of dip and piles of tortilla chips. I took both as good indicators that my dip was a yummy addition to the spread.

What’s your favorite thing to bring to a potluck, party or cookout? Do you have a go-to recipe or dish?

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2 Responses to “Seven super layers”

  1. Lisa July 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    That looks great (and healthy!)
    Lately I’ve been stumped on what to take to parties. I try to keep it a little healthy…most of the time. Or I just give in and take what I know people are going to love (and feel guilty about promoting junk food eating!).
    I have one recipe for Kitchen Sink Hummus that people seem to really love (unless they hate hummus to begin with). It has artichokes and sundried tomatoes in it.

    • kaylabee18 July 14, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      That hummus sounds interesting… 🙂

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