Two to Three nights a year, my family enjoys snack night for dinner. These special occasions include Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. It is pure gluttony. We eat with total abandon! We all really look forward to these nights because anything goes. However, there are a few must haves on the menu. These include my guacamole (my 8 year old is an avocado fiend) and something with Velveeta. We all know it isn’t a party without Velveeta. I usually make an assortment of cold dips and hot dips. Our proteins are usually Little Smokies and chicken wings. But that’s not all my friends. I have a chocolate popcorn recipe reserved just for these events. And you know we have to have nachos. Because I am a mom, I cut up peppers and fruit to balance out the fat. But these go largely untouched. And I don’t care. This is one night were we all break the rules. I mean we get to eat with our hands! Plates are strictly optional. Everyone is two -fisting it, with one fist holding dessert! A kids dream, to eat dessert and dinner at the same time!!!!! No one sits because we have to rotate around the table to sample everything. Bowls, hot plates, dip bowls, chip bags and sweets litter the table to the fullest. These are nights I never have to get after any one to eat or to stop talking. In fact there isn’t any talking because all our mouths are crammed with deliciousness! Alas, this doesn’t last long. We fill up quickly. Party comes to a halt. We find ourselves feeling a bit down. Partly because we are literally weighed down by all the cholesterol laden, high fat food. And partly because this meal held such anticipation. Come on, this is snack night after all. We’ve cheated the norm! Everyone backs away from the table in horror. No one can look at whats left because then you have to face the reality of what’s been consumed. My dog will get a few Smokies. I keep what’s salvageable. Somethings I cannot look at again without vomiting, therefore must be disposed of immediately. The word Velveeta must not be ushered for another year! Yes, we move heavily to our next activity, which hopefully involves sitting. Rolaids is now our friend.
This year, I’ll be adding Mediterranean Dip to the rotation. It is has a rich taste without the guilt. Unless of course I eat it all by myself, which is certainly not out of the question.
8 oz package softened cream cheese
6 oz Greek style yogurt
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp Greek seasoning
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 cup chopped kalamata olives
1 small cucumber diced
2 roma tomatoes diced
In a bowl combine the softened cream cheese and the Greek yogurt until combined and spreadable. Add in the garlic and the seasoning. Spread onto a serving plate. Top with Hummus. I used a traditional flavor, but you could use whatever flavor you like. Top hummus with diced cucumber, diced tomatoes, olives and feta. Garnish with parsley. Refrigerate until ready to serve.