Lovely Layers

This recipe is a Super Bowl staple, with a few twists!

Layered Dips are a classic party dish. The ingredients are easy to come by and vary based on your number of layers. I’ve got 2 tricks to take your layered dip to the next level!

Trick one: Make your own beans. Sure, you can go to the store and grab a can of refried beans, scoop out the congealed mass and beat it into submission with a spoon, OR (with a bit of pre-planning) you can whip up the beans from scratch. **Warning!** Once you make these from scratch, you won’t be able to eat canned refried beans again!**

Homemade Refried Beans

Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cups dried kidney beans

-1/2 large onion

-2-3 cloves of garlic

-1 generous TBS of Earth Balance (vegan butter) or regular butter

-Salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse 1 1/2 cups of dried kidney beans in a strainer or colander

2. Cover beans with water, leaving about 2 inches of extra water.

3. Soak overnight

4. After soaking drain and rinse your beans and re-strain

5. Chop 1/2 large onion and 2 cloves of garlic

6. Add the onions and garlic to a warmed pot and cook until onions are translucent.

7. Add the beans and add enough water to cover the beans.

8. Give it a good stir and bring to boiling

9. Boil for 5 minutes then reduce to medium heat, cover and let cook for 1 1/2-2 hours
**dried kidney beans must be vigorously boiled and cooked.The kidney bean contains phytohemagglutinin, which is poisonous. Undercooking your kidney beans is not something I recommend!**

10. Drain some of the excess water, then using a potato masher, begin to mash the beans

11. Add the Earth Balance along with your other spices (taste to check and see if it is what you want!)

12. ENJOY!

Trick 2: Make your own Guacamole! It took me quite a few years to enjoy the taste of avocados, but now, I don’t know how I lived without them! There are a few decent pre-made guacamoles out there, but nothing beats freshly made guacamole!

My Standard Guacamole Recipe

-1-2 avocados

-1/2 a lemon

-garlic powder, Nature’s Seasons

Mash your avocados, add the juice from 1/2 a lemon, and add the spices to taste. Easy peasy!

(I’m allergic to cilantro, a common guac staple, so I make up for it with a generous amount of lemon juice and garlic.)

By making your own beans and guacamole you really bring major freshness and flavor to a common dish.

Here’s what my layered dip consisted of:

-Sour Cream (Mixed with 1 packet of Taco Seasoning)

-Refried Beans

-Sliced Olives

-Guacomole

-Shredded Cheese

Alternate each ingredient in a bowl or container. You can garnish with cilantro (if you’re not allergic, ahem) or diced tomatoes. Helpful Hint: alternate a “solid” (olives, cheese) between a “liquid” (Sour cream, guac) and use the back of your spoon to smooth out the layers. An offset spatula would also work wonders (depending on your container of choice) The trick is to spread the layers in the same way you would ice a cake!

Mine is a basic “recipe” but with the addition of 2 homemade components, it really takes it to another level!
While I made this yummy dip, I didn’t actually watch the Super Bowl. Some of us have to wake up early. Some of us are not naturally morning people. I mentioned this to my father the other day and he promptly responded with, “You’re not even a midday person! You’re a vampire!!” And then he proceeded to hiss and bellow “CLOSE THE CURTAINSSSSSSS” into the phone, repeatedly.

I love him.

What are your favorite Game Day snacks?

-Brittany

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