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A few years ago I could barely boil water. True story.

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Sunday
Sep182011

Game Day Eats: Greek Layer Dip + Pita Chips

Happy Monday morning! I spent the weekend hanging out with family, watching football and taking a DSLR workshop yesterday morning. Last night I stayed up to watch the Emmy's. Did you watch? I usually love award shows but lately I've found them pretty dull and extremely self-serving (which I know that's the point of them anyway...but it's just sooo obvious), this one included. Modern Family is great...but that was the whole show. I do love watching the fashion though! And I smiled like a freak when Jesse from Breaking Bad make a cameo in The Office skit. Love.

Since yesterday was football, that meant game day eats!

Though the Giants are playing tonight, Shaun and I whipped up a few things to eat throughout the day for the Jets (and the other 10 games he switched between for the rest of the day). I had seen this Greek layer dip in an issue of Food Network Magazine a while back and saved it in my trusty recipe binder, keeping it on file for football season. I'm soooooooo happy that I didn't forget about this one.

It's so fresh and so flavorful. No thick, overly creamy cheese that sit like a brick in your stomach here. Shaun and I devoured most of this dip for lunch with some homemade whole wheat pita wedges. The ground turkey gives the dip some meatiness, the hummus, tzatziki, feta and olives give a seriously flavorful bite, and the tomatoes and lettuce bring a bright freshness that makes this dip guilt-free.

Yup, I said it.

Greek Layer Dip + Pita Chips
*Adapted from Food Network Magazine
1 pkg pitas or pita pockets, cut into chip-like wedges
1 lb ground turkey*
1 C hummus
1/2 C tzatziki dip
1/4 C red onion, finely diced
1 small tomato, diced
1/3 C feta crumbles
1/2 C kalamata olives, chopped
1/2 C lettuce, chopped
1/4 tsp oregano
kosher salt
black pepper
cooking spray

To make the pita chips, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Layer the pita wedges on a foil-lined baking sheet, or on a wire rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. Spritz with cooking spray and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 7 minutes or until crispy.

Brown the ground turkey in a skillet over medium heat. While cooking, season with salt, pepper and oregano. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, chop up the onion, tomato, olives and lettuce.

Spread the hummus in the bottom of a glass pie plate. Next, layer the cooled ground turkey. Carefully spread the tzatziki over the turkey. Layer the onions, tomatoes, lettuce, feta and olives over top. 

*Note: the original recipe called for ground lamb, but I don't get down like that. Sub it for the turkey if ya like!

Serve with pita chips and a big spoon. You're going to need it for this hearty dip.

Shaun took one bite, turned to me with chip still in mouth and said... "This is going in your permanent collection." I'm not arguing with that one!

So there you have it. A super easy Greek layer dip that will have you (and your guests) loving every flavor-laden bite!

Questions of the Day:

Did you watch the Emmy's? What did you think?

Did you eat any new dishes this weekend (that you cooked, someone cooked for you, or at a restaurant)?

 

psst...I'm working on my bedroom makeover and starting with a mood board to kick it all off. Head over to The Peach & The Pit to see my ideas and weigh in!

Reader Comments (10)

That greek layer dip looks stunning! Almost to good to eat, almost:) Great game day eat!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Belleicious

Your photos are looking great already! That tip sounds fantastic. I thought the Emmy's were ok, but you are right- it was a Modern Family love fest!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

looks delicious, minus the olives!!! so pretty

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

yummmmm!! I love these flavors and the hubs is addicted to feta :) I made a turkey mole yesterday which turned out delish.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Haute Apple Pie

I love Jesse!!! And that dip looks amazing. The new pizza dip. :)

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine @ The Life Styled

I didnt get to watch the Emmy's was curled up in bed recovering from a 2 day migraine. This dip looks so yummy! thank you for sharing this. I know my husband would love this!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblackbookkitchendiaries

that dip. looks FAAAAANtastic!

I'm sharing it with my (greek) best friend immediately so we can make it soon. YUM.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa @ Life of bLyss

And I thought your pizza dip looked good! I may have to make this and eat the whole thing...

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

This dip is SO going on my to-make list - looks so delicious! I'm starving now!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauraJayne

this looks fabulous! will definitely be making it for an upcoming game day soon. =)

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

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