Finger Food Friday: Mexican Layer Dip


New Orleans Mexican Layer Dip

Mexican Layer Dip

It’s happening again.  Another one of my dear friends is moving.  Thankfully this one, Brenda, is not moving too far and will be forced to frequent our part of town for work and “major necessities” (manicures and hair cuts)!  Brenda and I have been friends since I moved to Atlanta from New Orleans.  Our friendship began on the tennis courts.  Both of us, for that matter our entire team, were newbies.  On the court, we learned the sport of tennis.  Off the court, we learned how to build families out of friendships.  In the early days, we spent many, many Wednesday nights, Saturday mornings (with our hubbies) and Sunday afternoons together.  It was an exciting time in all our lives.  We worked hard and played even harder.  Over the years, life interrupted.  There were lots of babies, a few breakups, a couple of layoffs and, unfortunately, too many relocations.  When Brenda packs up on Monday and heads north (just a little north), our core group will be down from thirteen to six.  And all I have to say to that is, “Thank God for Facebook!”

Anyway, we’re sending her off the only way we know how.  With plenty of good food and adult beverages!  One of the dishes I’m making for this festive Finger Food Friday is in honor of my girl Brenda.  It’s Mexican Layer Dip (yeah, the best thing to come out of the 80s).  Brenda’s version, which she used to bring to all our socials, was the bomb.  But I realized this week that I never got a copy of her recipe.  Brenda?  So I’ve giving you my spin on it.  I’m also sharing a recipe for a special cocktail I’ll be mixing up tonight.  It’s called a Fizzy Ginger Limeade.  I didn’t create this drink and for the life of me can’t figure out what magazine I tore it from.  I can’t even vouch for how it tastes.  It just looks like something we’ll all enjoy.  And if we don’t, we’ll simply move on to craft beers and Miller Lites!  Happy Friday guys!

Until next week …

Mexican Layer Dip Recipe

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1 15-ounce can refried beans
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup water
3 ripe avocados
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons fajita seasoning mix
1 cup Homemade Salsa, see recipe
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 large Roma tomato, seeded and diced
1 large green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Tortilla or corn chips, for serving

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the refried beans, onions and water; season to taste with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring frequently, until beans are creamy and onions have softened, about 5 minutes.  Spread mixture evenly on the bottom of a large, rimmed dished; set aside.  In a small bowl, mash the avocados with the lemon juice.  Season to taste with salt and spread evenly over beans.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and fajita seasoning mix.  Blend on low until creamy; spread evenly over avocados.  Top with an even layer of salsa followed by an even layer of cheese.  Combine tomatoes, green onions, olives and cilantro is a medium bowl.  Garnish layer dip with tomato mixture.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve with tortilla or corn chips.  Makes 8-10 servings.

Fizzy Ginger Limeade Recipe

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3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced
5 cups club soda
1 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
2 cups vodka
Ice, for serving
Lime wedges, for garnish

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar and ginger.  Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes; strain into a pitcher.  Stir in club soda, lime juice and vodka.  Fill glasses with ice, top with Fizzy Ginger Limeade and garnish with lime wedges.  Makes 8 servings.


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  1. Bobbi says:

    The dip sounds delish, but I must ask–where did you find that AWESOME plate it’s served on! I love it!!!

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