One of my favorite movies of all time is “My big fat greek wedding”. Maria the mother is my favorite character because of her big hair, big family, and even bigger festivities of food. The quotes alone from this movie are real laugh out load moments, one of my favorites being… ” the husband is the head of the household, but the wife is the neck that turns the head”… Well todays recipe is defiantly inspired by “the neck” in my family, my momma. Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, need I say more in order to get you to make this… Freshness was my mission, I’ve just been sick of “winter” food everything is just so heavy, I really wanted something full of flavor but light and full of my momma’s favorite things. So bust out a few fresh ingredients and hey invite over some of your vegetarian friends, the leading male actor, Ian, was a vegetarian and as Aunt Viola said to him ” What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?….. Oh, that’s okay. I make lamb.” So make some lamb, break some plates, and spread some family love…oopah!
from me two you,
Greek Six Layer Dip
1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas) – drained
1 clove garlic – minced
1/4 tsp oregano – dried
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp thyme – dried
2 T. olive oil
3 T. water
1/2 C. chopped tomatoes
1/4 C. chopped cucumber
1/4 C. chopped olives (green or black varieties are fine)
2 T.onion – finely chopped
1/4 C. feta cheese
1 T. olive oil
salt and pepper
pita chips for dipping
– begin by using a food processor or blender. place drained chick peas into blend, and pulse chop until peas are roughly chopped.
– add garlic, oregano, chili powder, thyme, and olive oil into chick pea mixture. pulse until the mixture is well combined without many lumps, now add in 2 T. water and pulse again until mixture is smooth and creamy.(feel free to add more water to reach your desired consistency)
– place chick pea mixture into bottom of pie plate or any other desired serving dish. top with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onion, and feta cheese. drizzle remaining 1 T. olive oil on top and lightly sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper (go easy on salt, due to the olives) ..
– serve at room temperature with pita chips and enjoy.
*and if you want a lemon hummus instead, check out my other recipe…