The Country Cook: Greek Layer Dip
                                                   

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Greek Layer Dip

I'll be honest, I was a little slow to the hummus train. I didn't see what all the fuss was about so I just kind of avoided it. And I could kinda slap myself for taking so long to get on board with this stuff! It took a good friend's gentle nudging for me to give it a try and I'm glad she did. This humble middle eastern staple has firmly taken root here in the States and you now see it as a common dish in restaurants or as an appetizer at parties. It is a blending of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) tahini sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. So, compared to the usual heavier, cream-based dips, this is a nice and lighter change and I don't feel bad about digging in and gobbling it up!
I don't usually make hummus from scratch. I have on a couple of occasions and the taste is unmatched when you make it yourself. But, half the time, when I do think to make it, I don't have the tahini sauce or I don't have lemon juice or roasted red pepper for flavor. It isn't usually one of those things I can make in the spur of the moment. Until this came into my life: Hummus Made Easy from BUSH’S®. When I say life-changing - I mean it. 
The concept is really simple. You blend together, in a food processor or blender, a packet of BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy with a can of BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans or Black Beans (depending on your flavor selection) and boom! You're ready to dig into a fresh bowl of hummus. So you don't have to worry about gathering all the separate ingredients to make a great, fresh-tasting hummus. BUSH’S® takes care of all of that for you by putting everything you need in these little pouches. You can find it in the bean aisle of your grocery store. There are three flavors to choose from. Roasted Red Pepper is one of my personal faves. 
Then there is the Classic hummus flavor. This is a great base to use if you want to add more garlic or even some basil - yum! 
Finally there is the Southwest Black Bean flavor. Again, it works wonderful for dipping tortilla chips but it is also fabulous in tacos too!
So, I took inspiration from my favorite flavors and decided to make a Greek-inspired dip. This is similar to those popular seven layer dips except this has yummy Mediterranean flavors like Tzatziki (which is just Greek yogurt with cucumbers and seasonings), Kalamata olives and tangy Feta cheese. Let me show you how easy this is to throw together. This will be your NEW favorite go-to party dip!
Ingredients:
1 (16 oz.) can BUSH’S®Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
1 package BUSH’S®Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Made Easy
1 (8 oz.) container Tzatziki dip
1 (6 oz.) container Feta cheese crumbles
1/4 cup pepperoncini pepper slices
1/4 cup diced Kalamata olives
1 medium tomato, diced
3 green onions, sliced
Directions:
Firstly, you will need a blender or a food processor to make the hummus. Also, you will need an 8-inch pie plate or baking dish to prepare the dip. 
Drain and rinse beans.
Add beans to your food processor or blender. 
Pour in contents of BUSH’S® Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Made Easy pouch.
Blend to desired consistency. I prefer mine a little chunkier. 
Spread prepared hummus into an 8-inch pie dish or baking dish.
Next, spread the tzatziki dip on top of the hummus layer. 
Sprinkle sliced pepperoncini peppers on top of tzatziki dip layer.
Next, add a layer of Feta cheese crumbles. I used a Feta cheese that had Mediterranean herbs added. This is optional. 
Finally, top it all off with diced Kalamata olives, diced tomatoes and sliced green onion.
Then serve with pita chips.
Also, this dish can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to a day. 
Enjoy!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BUSH'S Beans. The opinions and text are all mine.


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