Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Five Layer Mediterranean Chicken Dip

http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/five-layer-mediterranean-chicken-dip.html

Would it be awful to suggest you make Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Tacos just to have the leftover meat to make this appetizer?  Oh, and make Avocado Feta Dip (my variations are below) too, because that's what provides the foundation for this delicious appetizer.  If you don't eat chicken, scroll down and see the photo I took yesterday of something I think would go great instead, marinated chick peas, or skip it and just use the rest--still utterly delicious, but you'll have to call it a Four Layer Dip.

When I think of appetizers, I tend to return to my favorites time and again.  After all, they are favorites for a reason!  You can find them over there -----> in my Recipe Index By Category.  In the Appetizer category.  That was probably redundant.

I always like to try new things, however, so this recipe came about as a combination of wanting to try something new, wanting a familiar appetizer, and the desire to use what I've already got in my fridge.  Voila!  Taking a page from the many Mexican layer dips I've enjoyed over the years, I present to you Five Layer Mediterranean Chicken Dip.  Thank you to Linda for help with the name.  I can develop the recipes, grow the celery, prepare the food, take a few photos, write the post . . . but dreaming up recipe names is HARD! (Yes, I'll take some feta with that whine.)

http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/five-layer-mediterranean-chicken-dip.html

About five minutes after I took the first photo, this was all that was left.  I know we were hungry, but holy cow!  This appetizer is delicious.  We ate it with pita chips and carrots, but home re-grown celery, snow peas, zucchini or yellow squash slices would all be great delivery vehicles for this stuff.

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http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/five-layer-mediterranean-chicken-dip.html

Five Layer Mediterranean Chicken Dip (serves 6 hungry people in 5 minutes)

1 1/2 to 2 cups of Avocado Feta Dip (mine was still bright and fresh the next day)
Please go here for the recipe.  I made a few changes based on what I had in the fridge and the Mediterranean direction I was headed:  I used 1/4 cup onion, 2 avocados, 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, 1 Tablespoon chopped jalapeño, 1/2 cup Italian parsley, 1/2 cup crumbled feta, and a lemon.

1 1/2 to 2 cups of Slow Cooker Greek Chicken (The recipe can be found here)
(vegetarian option:  marinated chick peas, see photo suggestion below)
3/4 cup chopped green olives, or the olives of your choice
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped red onion
for garnish, a handful of fancy olives
for dippers--pita chips, carrot slices, snow peas, zucchini slices, celery sticks, and what else?

On a pretty Polish pottery giant plate, or the giant flat surface of your choice (great, now someone's going to spread this on their countertop) spread the Avocado Feta Dip.  That's the problem with the countertop--no raised edges to rein you in like a plate.  Scatter chopped olives across the dip, not all the way to the edges. Top with chicken, if you like, leaving a bit of chopped olives visible.  We're making a mountain here. Top the chicken with the feta cheese, then the red onion.  White onion would be lost here, but if you had green onions they'd work too.  Gently drop the fancy olive bombs where you like.  Serve with dippers and stand back because when the folks are hungry, you may lose a finger in the melee.

http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/five-layer-mediterranean-chicken-dip.html

Vegetarians:  I saw this yesterday at the grocery store down the road, and think it would be delicious as a layer in this dip.  I bet you could make your own similar version:

http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/five-layer-mediterranean-chicken-dip.html

Want other ideas for layered vegetable appetizers? Just click on the photo to go to each recipe: http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2014/01/buffalo-butternut-squash-hummus.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2014/04/avocado-feta-hummus-layered-vegetable.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/08/layered-summer-veggie-appetizer.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2014/03/avocado-lemon-feta-yogurt-dip.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/five-layer-mediterranean-chicken-dip.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/08/fattoush-dip-with-kale-hummus.html Image Map

I'm bringing this appetizer to the party at Buns In My Oven for What's Cookin' Wednesday,  What's In The Box at In Her Chucks, the Clever Chicks Blog HopFood on Friday and Tasty TuesdaysTwice.

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24 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! I love that by including chicken, you just gave us all permission to eat dip for dinner. :) So thank you!
    I made something similar a few years ago, only it had ground lamb and hummus as the base. And of course it included olives and tomatoes and feta... I think it was called Greek Layered Dip or something similar. The Mexican/Tex-Mex layered dip has always been (still is) one of my favorite appetizers.

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    1. Julie,
      My kids and I love dip dinners--so much fun and so easy.
      Ground lamb and hummus sounds wonderful--I've been snacking on hummus daily here and would love some ground lamb with it.
      Thanks!

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  2. Kirsten, this looks wonderful! I bet my boyfriend would love it - now I kind of want to make your other recipes just to use the leftovers for this. Avocado feta dip sounds like it would be great on its own!

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    1. Melissa,
      My spouse scarfed this one up (of course he does a wonderful job of eating my cooking) but yes, it's a good reason to make the Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Taco meat!
      Maria over at Two Peas' Avocado Feta Dip is a perfect snack.
      Thanks!

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  3. You have literally combined all my favorite foods into a dip...I typically add one or two of these things to pasta. But all of it in one dip is perfection! Thank you for sharing. I tend to eat less meat and I'm always looking for things I can bring to dinner parties with family and in-laws. I'll definitely need to try this!

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    1. Jordan,
      I'm glad to provide you an efficient way of eating all your favorites in one fell scoop (of a pita chip)!
      Thanks!

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  4. Ooh, this looks SO good! And i definitely need to try that slow-cooker chicken as a meal soon - it sounds amazing!

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    1. Amy,
      I'm starting to act like Pavlov's dogs when I see this photos.
      It's a mess on the computer.
      Thanks!

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  5. Oh my gosh, wow! That looks damn delish! This is something my family would eat up in seconds. Beautiful dip, Kirsten!!

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  6. oh this looks fantastic!! and I love the chickpea variation, we'll just have to make both ;)

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    1. Abby,
      Please let me know how they turn out.
      Thanks!

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  7. Avocado feta dip sounds so incredible. Plus, I love tacos that have chicken, dips and polish pottery, so this post is just awesome!

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    1. Elizabeth,
      I was delighted to see Maria's dip post because it was quite perfect to use with my taco meat.
      Thanks so much!

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  8. I would take this any day of the week over a 7-layer Mexican dip. These are my kind of flavors. And if it means that I get to eat those chicken tacos in two ways...well, you just sold me double-time.

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    1. Dara,
      Cook once, eat twice, love the food either way always works for me.
      Thanks!

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  9. I like to keep all mu digits when cooking and I'd have no problem spreading this across my counter. Alright that's not at all true. My anal OCD tendencies would rage about something on the counter which didn't belong.
    By the way, I think feta should always come with the wine (and the whine).

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    1. Meghan,
      Just think of how enjoyable the cleaning of the counter would be post-dip frenzy?
      Thanks!

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  10. This dip looks so flavorful and amazing! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  11. And just when I thought tacos weren't enough...you made me a dip too :) Is there anything you can't do?

    Thanks for sharing and linking up!

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    1. Heather,
      I can't clean worth a darn. There, I said it.
      Thanks for hosting!

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  12. Oh, wow! That is some serious dip! :) Love all the layers in it! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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    1. Anyonita,
      Thank you for hosting Tasty Tuesdays!

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