I had a lot of fun planning a sugar-and-spice-themed menu for Jenn's baby shower. Coming up with sweet treats was easy, but picking spicy things that would please a crowd was a bit more difficult. I ended up deciding to serve roasted-red-pepper hummus (store-bought since I had a lot to do) and individual 7-layer dip cups in mason jars.
I love how cute mason jars are with individual treats in them. I'm thinking I will make little personal pies in them for a get-together sometime soon. Maybe for Thanksgiving. Of course, if you prefer, you could use clear-plastic punch cups or any small glasses you happen to have.
This recipe is one of those things where you basically buy a lot of ingredients and just need to assemble them, rather than doing a lot from scratch. I think this kind of halfway homemade solution is a great idea for parties where you are making a lot of things. It doesn't dirty a lot of dishes or take a lot of time, but the results are festive.
Ingredients (to serve 12):1 tin of Frito-brand bean dip
1 12-oz tub of guacamole
1 8-oz container of sour cream
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 12-oz tub of fresh salsa
Half a bag of shredded "taco" cheese
1 small can of sliced black olives
12 tortilla chips to garnish and the rest of the bag to serve alongside
01. Thoroughly mix taco seasoning into sour cream.
02. Scoop a bit of each ingredient into each mason jar, forming as thin and smooth a layer as you can. Start with the bean dip, then do the guacamole, the sour cream, and the salsa.
03. Top with cheese, black olives, and a tortilla chip. Chill until guests arrive.
I know what you're thinking: "Célèste, that's only 6 layers!" Okay, you got me. Traditionally, you would put chopped tomatoes on top along with the black olives. But, it's November and tomatoes are terrible this time of year. So, I just omitted them and hoped no one counted the layers and called me out on it.