Recipe by Julesong
Remember the layered taco dip everybody loves? Well, here's a Mediterranean version for you! Very, very tasty! Prep time includes chilling. This dip took a bit of work... I first posted it at Gail's way back in the 90s, I think.
Top Review by Julesong
Regarding the yogurt... I usually use full-fat plain yogurt in recipes. P-do's suggestion for straining the yogurt is a good one, especially if you're using lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt (full fat holds together better). To strain yogurt, put cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter in the bottom of a strainer and pour in the yogurt - you can let it strain for a couple of hours to thicken it up, or overnight (in the fridge) to make thick "yogurt cheese." :) (Alternately, you could substitute sour cream for the yogurt, if you like.)
- 8 ounces prepared hummus
- 1 1⁄4 cups plain yogurt, divided
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemons or 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 cup seeded and chopped tomato
- 1 ripe avocado, seeded and chopped
- 1⁄2 cup peeled and chopped cucumber
- salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 4 -6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives
Directions See How It's Made
- First, strain the yogurt by putting cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter in the bottom of a strainer and pour in all the yogurt but 1/4 cup (reserve for later); let it strain for a couple of hours to thicken it up, or overnight (in the fridge) to make thicker "yogurt cheese" (I prefer it just for a couple of hours; you could also substitute sour cream for the yogurt, if you like).
- Combine the reserved 1/4 cup of un-strained yogurt with the prepared hummus, then spread mixture on the bottom of a 9 inch pie dish.
- Combine remaining strained yogurt and cumin and spread over the hummus layer.
- Toss together the garlic powder, salt, lemon/lime juice, chopped tomatoes, and avocado, then spread over the yogurt layer.
- Add a layer of the cucumbers and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Add a layer of feta, then finish it all off with olives.
- Let chill for an hour before serving with pita chips (artichoke hearts are a good addition to this recipe, as well.).