Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recipe: 7-Layer Greek Dip

When I started working at my current job, almost nine years ago, I worked with quite a few super moms.  Two in particular co-coordinated a parent volunteer program part-time and coordinated homes and families full-time.  I don't think either of them slept.  Ever.  If I happened to need professional advice or a good recipe idea I would walk into their office and leave minutes later with whatever I needed -- and sometimes a cleaning tip or two. 

This dip was their suggestion for my "easy and delicious appetizer to bring to a summer BBQ" inquiry.  It is still one of my (and my friends) favorites.

7-Layer Greek Dip

Serves: a crowd

  • 8-ounce container cream cheese, softened
  • 8-ounce container hummus, any kind
  • 1 large cucumber -- peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large tomato -- seeded and chopped
  • 4-ounce can sliced olives
  • 8-ounce container crumbled feta cheese 
  • 2 green onions -- white and green parts thinly sliced
  • Pita chips or crackers for serving

  1. Spread cream cheese out evenly in the bottom of a shallow dish.  A glass pie plate works perfectly.
  2. Top cream cheese with an even layer of hummus.
  3. Top hummus with layers of cucumber, tomato, olives, feta and green onions. 
  4. Cover and chill until ready to serve.  
  5. Serve with pita chips or crackers.  

  • Whipped cream cheese is a good option because it allows for easy spreading and dipping. 
  • The spicy hummus from Trader Joe's adds a nice kick to this dip.  
  • Bring a copy of the recipe with you wherever you bring this dish.  People will want it.