Once again I turned to the Nation Whatever calendar for a little inspiration. (Is that cheating? Gosh, I hope not!) Today offered three choices – National Fried Clam Day, National Chocolate Wafer Day or National Eat Your Beans Day.
Confession, I’ve never actually eaten a fried clam. I’ve only had clams in soups and seafood stews. While I don’t have anything against clams in particular, I get the feeling that my family might not be incline to try fried clams, which will leave a big plate of clams for me. Uh, pass.
As for Chocolate Wafer Day – the idea is to go to the store, buy some Chocolate Wafer Cookies and share them with your friends. While that’s a great idea, there’s nothing I would like better than to eat chocolate cookies with my friends, there’s not much going on in the recipe department.
That left us with Eat Your Beans. My first reaction was to make bean soup, but it’s the beginning of July. Not really soup weather in my neck of the woods. Then there are all sorts of baked bean and ranch bean recipes that are great with grilled foods. I’m already on Day Two of my Three-Day Baked Bean process. My Pops loves his beans and he really doesn’t care how you cook ’em up, so long as you cook ’em up. Tomorrow is the 4th of July. You can bet we’ve got some great foods planned and baked beans are definitely part of the scenario. Since I’ve already shared with you my recipe for Old Fashioned Baked Beans, I needed to come up with something else. When it comes to beans, these protein packed little legumes are awesome served up in a dip. And the most famous of all Bean Dips has got to be of the Seven-Layer variety.
Seven-Layer Fiesta Dip
1 cup chopped Tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced Green Onions
1 can (16 oz ) Refried Beans
16 oz Sour Cream
1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning or to taste
8 oz Mild Cheddar Cheese
1 cup prepared Guacamole
1/2 cup sliced Black Olives
Tortilla chips for dipping
Chop tomatoes, set aside until ready to use. Pick a tomato such as a Roma that has more meat than seed.
Slice the green onion, including the whites of the onion. Set aside.
Spread refried beans in shallow serving dish.
Mix sour cream and Taco Seasoning Mix in small bowl until well blended. Spread over refried beans.
Freshly grate cheese using the smaller holes in the cheese grater. You need about 2 cups.
Layer cheese over the sour cream.
Spread guacamole over the cheese.
Finish with layers of tomatoes, green onions and olives as desired.
Serve 7 layer dip with tortilla chips.
Still looking for a bean dip that is more in the spirit of the 4th of July? How about an American Flag Bean Dip?