Ultimate Steelers Super Bowl Side Dish

Southern Plate by Christy JordanFull disclosure: I’ve never been the biggest football fan. That said, I was raised to be a good Midwestern boy, so when Super Bowl time rolls around, my interest—and appetite—piques.

In honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers making their way to the big game this year, I’m making a variation of my favorite party snack, the layered dip. I’m actually borrowing a recipe from Christy Jordan’s cookbook, Southern Plate, for her Grandmama’s Tex-Mex Dip. It’s got all the goods in there—and since the big game is a celebration of one of America’s greatest pastimes, we’ll skip counting the calories for one night… or at least a few hours.

The other great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust it really easily to fit your tastes. If you don’t like olives, leave ‘em out! Love cheese? Add a little more! But if you’re like me, you’ll leave those decisions up to the experts.

Grandmama’s Tex-Mex Dip
Makes 8-10 Servings

  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ package taco seasoning
  • One 16-ounce can bean dip
  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 3 ounces chopped ripe olives
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips

Peel, pit, and mash the avocados in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, and taco seasoning. Mix well.

Spread the bean dip on a large, shallow platter. Top with the avocado mixture, then the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with the chopped green onions, then the tomatoes and olives. Cover with the shredded cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips.

Unfortunately, finding ripe avocados in New York in late January proved to be a difficult task, so they didn’t make it into my dip—but to compensate for that I put a tiny bit more cheese on than the recipe called for, but I figured it was worth the splurge. And it was.

Whether you’re rooting for the Steelers or the Packers—or if you’re waiting for the commercials—sit back, relax, and enjoy one of my favorite snacks with your buddies.

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