A dip that's sure to please
I was inspired to make this dish when I tried it at a friend's birthday/housewarming party which was hugely popular. The flavours work really well together, it's very easy to make and quite cheap. I think it works best served in a very shallow dish or use a pizza container which I used making it easy to store in a fridge and transport to another venue. The key to successful is making sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed across the area of the dish so when you dip a corn chip through the mix it will pick up a bit of all the different ingredients. Spreading a thin layer of each ingredients is how this is best achieved. It probably doesn't matter which order you spread the ingredients but I found starting with the thicker ingredients on the bottom seemed to be the best way. Being a vegetarian dish makes it a crowd pleaser for everyone and I'm sure even the meat lovers will appreciate the tasty flavours in this dip.
Recipe (4-6 people)
1st layer: Refried beans (1 can, 435g)
2nd layer: Sour cream (1 pot, 300g)
3rd layer: Salsa dip (1 jar, 300g) – Hot version works well
4th layer: Guacamole (1 pack, 200g) – or make yourself
5th layer: Deseeded and finely chopped tomatoes (4)
6th layer: Sliced Kalamata Olives (1 jar, 200g)
7th layer: Shredded tasty cheese (about 100-200g, couple of handfuls)
8th layer: Thinly sliced spring onions (5 stems)
9th layer: Couple of handfuls of finely chopped coriander
Serve with your favourite corn chips. Round shaped seems to work the best for dipping. The container I used was 27 x 27 x 3 cm which worked perfectly for above quantities.
PROS: Tasty, Quick and easy to make, Can be prepared a few hours in advance and stored in the fridge, Cheap to make, People can serve themselves, Vegetarian friendly
CONS: You'll run out if you don't make enough because it'll be very popular. I've met some people that don't like coriander
MUST TRY: Adding chopped up jalapeño for an extra heat kick
VERDICT: It's very quick and easy to make when made with mostly pre-prepared ingredients. The combination of flavours works really well together and the olives are especially good.