Monday, August 20, 2012

MEDITERRANEAN LAYERED DIP


It's another week of cooking from Mark Bittmans's The Food Matters Cookbook. This week Megan from Art by Megan chose the recipe Greek "Nachos" with Feta Drizzle. This recipe inspired me to make a Mediterranean layered dip. I made this dip for a party a few weeks ago and it was a big hit. Today I made this dip for two and thought a small glass bowl would be the perfect size and show off the layers. Well, you can see the layers but it was hard to dip into and get a little bite of everything. This dip is perfect the way I made it the first time in a low, shallow dish.


I roasted some tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. Taking the time to roast the tomatoes put this dip over the top. Roasting intensifies the sweetness of the tomatoes. 

This is such a fun recipe. You can use anything Mediterranean that you like. I started with hummus, a layer of pesto followed with chopped olives, chopped cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, and topped with crumbled feta.


Served with pita chips.

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LAYERED MEDITERRANEAN DIP

15 oz. hummus 
7 oz. pesto (any kind)
chopped kalamata olives (or any kind)
seeded and diced cucumber
Feta cheese, crumbled

In a 12" round plate spread a layer of hummus, layer of pesto, olives, chopped cucumber, roasted tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. Serve with pita chips.


17 comments:

Erin said...

Ooooh sounds delicious, I love layered dips! And what a view, is that from your patio?!

Lexi said...

Yes, we love our view. We are just finishing building our home and cooking in the kitchen with the view is so relaxing.

Elaine @ JoinMeForDinner said...

Okay, if there was a prize for presentation, you'd win. Even if the layers didn't work like you planned, it still looks fabulous!

everydaymaven said...

Wow Lexi that view is killer!!!!! I absolutely love this dip. So simple, yet so elegant. Perfect serving dish!

Lexi said...

Thanks Elaine!

Lexi said...

Thank you Alyssa!

sandra said...

Yes, the dip is beautiful, but what an amazing view! Is that your every day, wake up to view? How fortunate is that??

Lexi said...
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Lexi said...

Thanks Sandra! Yes, we are very grateful to have a view and to live in Santa Barbara.

Margie Larrazabal said...

Lexi your view is amazing! Your presentation is super gorgeous, love the layered dip idea. I also added homemade roasted tomatoes to my dish and loved it.

Sarah from 20something cupcakes said...

WOW! So, so perfect!

Lexi said...

Thanks Margarita!

Lexi said...

Thank you Sarah!

Keely Marie said...

Love. It. All. Dip, view, the layers. love it!

Lexi said...

Thanks so much Keely!

Evi said...

This is fantastic, and it'll have a place on our table at the next football game. Gotta love a Mexican layer dip, but a Mediterranean sounds equally delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Lexi said...

Thanks Evi! It is a great change from the Mexican layered dip which I love as well.