meatless mondays: veggie appetizers

Sometimes I like to have appetizers for dinner or make a spread of snacks for guests to graze upon. I’ll make an array of hummus with veggies and pita bread, 7 layer tex-mex dip with tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa for even more tortilla chip dipping, and a variety of cheeses with crackers and bread.

Put out a few olives, a dish of almonds or candied pecans, some grapes and apple slices, and Voila! Food for the masses.

Recipe: 7-Layer Tex-Mex Dip
(photographed before the last layer of cheese)

1st layer:
Large can refried beans (or 2 small cans)
1 tsp chopped jalapeños
Spread on a large platter or a 9×11 rectangular glass casserole dish.
(halve the recipe if you use a regular size plate or smaller dish)
2nd layer:
4 Avocados mashed with 2 Tbsp lemon juice, salt, pepper, onion salt (or garlic)
Spread on top of beans.
3rd layer:
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo (optional-makes it a better spreadable consistency)
1 package taco seasoning
Mix above 3 ingredients together in a separate bowl. Spread on top of avocado mix.
4th layer:
1 cup chopped green onions
5th layer:
1 cup chopped black olives
6th layer:
1 cup chopped tomatoes
7th layer:
Lots of grated cheddar cheese (at least an 8 oz package or more if you’d like)
Refrigerate and let mingle! Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe: Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans (or 1 1/2 cups freshly cooked chick peas)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbs tahini (optional-the sesame paste gives it a nuttier flavor)
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 clove chopped garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt

Drain garbanzos, keeping 1/2 the liquid reserved to the side. Put all ingredients in food processor and blend for about 2 minutes. You can thin the mixture with water, the liquid reserve from the beans, or additional olive oil. Adjust salt, garlic and lemon to your taste. Serve with pita bread and chopped veggies.

Optional additions for flavors are: roasted or fresh red peppers, chili powder, black beans, feta cheese, pine nuts, walnuts, cucumbers, etc.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s