To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
September 17, 2013
SEVEN LAYERED PARTY DIP...A TEX MEX FAVORITE
Football season is almost here! I love this time of year when the boys are all around the television, ready to settle in for weekend afternoons and anxiously wait to see what delicious snacks are coming from the kitchen! Time to get out my favorite Gig Em' party platter!
Most of us have tried or made a layered Mexican appetizer, but I have kicked this one up a notch.......can't you just taste a scoop of the seven layers of beans, cheese, pickled jalapeños, guacamole,
salsa, sour cream, and the green onion–cilantro topping? Already
difficult to improve upon, this version raises the bar by heating the beans
just enough to melt the cheese but not warm up the other layers.
Place the refried beans in a medium saucepan over medium
heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Add the water and
stir until evenly incorporated. Add the chili powder and cumin, stir to
combine, and continue to cook until the spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add salt according to your taste preference.
Transfer the bean mixture to an 8" x 8" serving dish
and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with the cheeses and jalapeños. Using a
rubber spatula, drop the guacamole in large dollops over the cheese and
jalapeños and spread into an even layer. Spread the pico de gallo in an even
layer over the guacamole. Using a clean rubber spatula, drop the crema or sour
cream in large dollops over the pico de gallo and spread into an even layer,
being careful not to disturb the pico de gallo. Sprinkle with the scallions and
Serve immediately with tortilla chips and hot sauce!