The food posts have been scarce lately, so given the Suzy Homemaker way in which I’ve started the week, I bring you FOOD!
More specifically, a seven layer dip.
This is the dip that in theory, always sounds like a good idea to me, but I never seem to actually eat at a party. Something about the unidentified “is that refried beans” layer freaks me out a bit. Not to mention the idea that I really don’t know what to expect when I dive in with a tortilla chip.
My unreasonable food fears aside, it does sound like a good idea, so I set about making my own. With some minor adjustments.
2 cans black beans
1-2 bunches of green onion/scallions
After rinsing the black beans, toss them in a food processor, along with the scallions (chopped). Pulse until you have what resembles a very unattractive paste. This is the bottom layer for a reason.
Toss avocados in the food processor (I advise cleaning the one you just used, otherwise, your avocado is going to look really gross) with some lime juice. Add a LITTLE salt to taste. Keep in mind whenever you add salt to a layer, that you may add salt again in a different layer, so don’t go crazy. Add this to the dish.
2 Red Peppers, Chopped
This is easy. Chop em, lay ‘em in the dish. If you like heat, this is a good layer to chop some hotter peppers and toss them in as well. Jalapeno, Serrano…just stay away from the habenero, ok?
1-2 C Ricotta Cheese
This layer is great…if you like ricotta. If you don’t, you could do a layer of cheddar I guess. I was going for something more filling. Spread this layer on.
I like to say on this part, use the amount that feels right. I love cilantro, but feel somewhat “meh” about parsley. And scallions are fantastic, but they are also in the bottom layer. So proceed with caution. I went one bunch cilantro, 1/2 bunch parsley, one bunch of scallions.
2 C Sour Cream
I think I MAY have used 1/4 of the packet. Perhaps 2 TBSP? I never measure anything. Stir in the seasoning, taste it, and add more if you want to.
Cilantro to garnish
Exactly like it sounds. Add that to the top and you are done!
Now, while this is traditionally served as a dip, I put a big spoonful in a tortilla and ate it like a cold veggie burrito (much tastier than it sounds). Since there was a lot of it, I cooked up ground beef with the rest of the taco seasoning and the hubs made his own burrito like creation with it.
It’s a versatile dip.
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