7-Layer Greek Dip

Going to the movies is fun, but there are some downsides to seeing a film at the theater. I don’t like the overpriced snacks. I like real butter on my popcorn rather than that bright yellow butter-flavored oil. No wine. The theater folks frown upon patrons coming in their pajamas and slippers. Oh, and they won’t pause the movie to let you use the restroom after you’ve had a 44-oz large soft drink. This is why we prefer to watch most movies at home. One video that recently came out was My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Since we’re not limited to popcorn and soda at home, my HH and I decided that we needed Greek movie snacks. So when I saw this pin by Delish for their 7-Layer Greek Dip, I knew this was going to be our movie date night dish.

Here’s the video that was floating around Pinterest. How appropriate that this, too, is a movie?

The Pintesting:

The ingredients are traditionally Greek. Please note that there is a little dish of red onions off to the side. It’s not one of the listed ingredients, so watch for this special guest ingredient later. Let’s go through the layers.

Pintesting 7-layer Greek Dip

1: Hummus

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

2: Cucumbers

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

3: OlivesPintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

4: Artichokes

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

Make the sauce by combining the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and dill. Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

5: Yogurt Sauce

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

6: Tomatoes

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

7: Feta & Parsley

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

8:  but this is a 7-Layer Greek Dip? I added minced red onions since they’re in so many Greek dishes. Red onions are often found in Greek food and I thought it would add a nice flavor. This is totally optional.

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

Opa! You can let it chill in the fridge or just grab some pita chips and dig in, which is what we did.

Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip

Since it’s movie night, here’s my video of how to make the 7-Layer Greek Dip.

This is loaded with so many good ingredients that I had no trouble substituting it for a light supper, and my HH agreed. It felt like we ate a LOT but most, at least two-thirds, of the bowl was leftover, so the next day we scooped it over a mixture of romaine lettuce and spinach to make a Greek-style salad. I topped it with leftover salmon and crumbled the remaining pita chips as croutons – delish!

Pintesting Results:

Overall Results:  4.85 Pins

Pintesting - 5 Pins Overall Rating

Accuracy:  My glass dish didn’t spin like the one in the Delish video did and I added the 8th layer of red onions, but I have to say that this was as delicious as the original video suggested. The Greek flavors would be what you would expect in the Mediterranean. I would risk sneaking this into the theater. 5 Pins

Pintesting Rating - 5 Pins

Difficulty:  Once all of the prep work is done, this is easy to layer up. Do pay attention if you’re slicing the olives yourself. Even if the jar says that they’re pitted, you might come across some that still have the pits so use caution. Pintesting 7-Layer Greek Dip Due to the amount of chopping involved, I’m giving this 4 Pins.

Pintesting Rating - 4 Pins

Time:  There is a bit of prep work in chopping the cucumbers, artichokes, tomatoes, and olives (if you don’t get them sliced) and making the yogurt sauce. However, start to finish this came together in 15 minutes. 5 Pins

Pintesting Rating - 5 Pins

Cost:  We eat a lot of Mediterranean-inspired food, so most of these ingredients are on hand in our home. If you had to buy everything it would run you about $10, but you’d have a lot of leftover ingredients to use in other dishes. The recipe had leftovers that perfectly repurposed into a lunch salad. We ended up with two large servings of dip and four lunch salads from this recipe, so that’s $1.67/serving. 5 Pins

Pintesting Rating - 5 Pins

Practicality:  I loved how this could be used as a great dip and also made an easy Gree-style salad. The wholesome ingredients make this a healthier snack or appetizer and are a great way to sneak in more veggies. Adding red onions as the 8th layer was my customization, but you can change it up however you like. 5 Pins

Pintesting Rating - 5 Pins

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

In some ways I was very excited to test this pin. I mean, who doesn’t like Reese’s? (I know there are people who are horribly allergic to peanut butter, and I mean no disrespect.) I was bringing this to a potluck to honor a friend whose favorite candy was Reese’s, but more about that later. On to the test.

This is the original pin from Aimee of Shugary Sweets .

http://www.shugarysweets.com/2013/01/reeses-peanut-butter-cookie-dough-dip

http://www.shugarysweets.com/2013/01/reeses-peanut-butter-cookie-dough-dip

The ingredients were easy to find – even the mini Reese’s.

Almost all Ingredients

 

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a pan over medium heat.

Butter & Brown Sugar

 

Whisk and bring to a boil.

Whisk together

Read the instructions and realize you were in a hurry and almost forgot the peanut butter.

Ingredients with PB

Add peanut butter and vanilla to the boiling butter/brown sugar mixture.

Bring to boil & add PB and Vanilla

Remove from heat and whisk to smooth it out.

Off heat and whisk

The recipe says to cool to almost room temperature. So I set it aside while I mixed the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Cream cheese & Powdered Sugar

After about 5 minutes I went to check the cooling peanut butter mixture… not what I expected.

Let cool

The butter separated while it had cooled and no amount of mixing and whisking would bring it back together. Nothing was mentioned about this, so I carried on as if this was normal.

Add PB mixture

 

I added the peanut butter mixture to the cream cheese mixture. After a few minutes, it did seem to smooth out.

Mix together WM

I added the chips and mini Reese’s cups. Can I say how thankful that I am to NOT have to unwrap and chop a bunch of full-sized candies? Thank you Hershey’s!

Stir in CC & PBC

The dip seemed a bit soft, so I put it in the fridge to chill out while I got ready for the potluck.

Combine

After about 40 minutes, the consistency definitely improved. I put it into two containers and went to the event where it was served with graham crackers and Keebler Flip Sides pretzel crackers and got good reviews.

After refrigerating

I think my friend would have liked this dip very much, however the potluck was a Celebration of Life so she wasn’t able to give a personal opinion. But she knew that my way to honor someone was with a home-made gift of love from my kitchen. So this one’s for you, JCC. We’ll always love and miss you.

 

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip rated as follows:

Overall Rating: 4 Pins

4 Pins Overall

Accuracy: Much of the recipe came together very easily, as I had expected. However, the separating of the butter after the peanut butter mixture cooled was a bit unnerving – especially due to the nature of the event. My finished dip didn’t turn out quite as fluffy as the original picture, either. It tasted good, but 4 pins.

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Difficulty: While not difficult, an inexperienced cook might have been put off by the butter separation and quit. (That’s the last I’m going to say about that subject.) 4 pins.

Rated 4 Pins - SMALL

Time: Adding in the 40 minutes of chilling while I was getting ready, the dip came together in less than an hour. Good time for something tasty. 5 pins

Rated 5 Pins - SMALL

Cost: I had everything on hand except the mini chocolate chips and mini Reese’s, which were less than $3.00 each. 5 pins

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Practicality: This was tasty and would be a nice addition to any party table. 5 pins

Rated 5 Pins - SMALL