A Lebanese Layered Dip

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IMG 6819 A Lebanese Layered Dip

The idea for this dish came to me months ago but it only came to life yesterday. I am happy to say it was a great success. It takes inspiration from the seven-layer dip although it doesn’t have as many layers. It combines hummus b’ lahme, hummus balila and gorgeous pomegranate arils and is in fact built upon an intricate layer of flavors. First, there is the zesty and velvety smooth hummus b’ tahini, then, a layer of humus balila which hosts the aromatic cumin, followed by 7-spiced minced lamb which is then appropriately finished off with some pomegranate molasses. Finally it is sprinkled with toasted pine nuts, pomegranate arils and refreshing mint. 

IMG 6817 A Lebanese Layered Dip

It can all be made ahead if need be and then the appropriate parts heated just before assembly. To make it prepare the hummus b’ tahini as per this recipe, then prepare the hummus balila as per this recipe leaving the pine nuts out, then prepare the minced lamb as per this recipe, or if you are vegetarian then obviously just neglect this step. Assemble as noted above and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, pomegranate arils and fresh mint. Should serve about 8 people.

IMG 6822 A Lebanese Layered Dip

Serve with crispy Arabic bread triangles at your next football tailgate/party or any other time will do as well. It is best served when the hummus b’ tahini is at room temperature and assembled while the minced meat and balila are still warm.

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31 Responses to “A Lebanese Layered Dip”
  1. Sasa 28 November 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    This is SO beautiful! Bookmarking it for Christmas Eve – I promised mum I’d help her make food for her cocktail party and it’s just the kind of showstopper I’m looking for – and can be made ahead, bonus!

  2. Susan 28 November 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    That is gorgeous! Im posting it to CHEF wall for others to enjoy. Lovely. Shokran!

  3. Sasa 28 November 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    Good idea – will do one with and one without the meat.

  4. Timeless Gourmet 28 November 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    This certainly caught my eye…..how gorgeous and inspired!

  5. Kavey 28 November 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    It looks stunning and I bet it tastes fabulous!

  6. Cherine 28 November 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Love the idea!! Great recipe!

  7. Kitchen Butterfly 28 November 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Everything is lifted by the gorgeous red pearls of pomegranate. Gorgeous Beth. Love to Chris. XXX

    • Bethany 28 November 2010 at 4:57 pm #

      Thanks folks 🙂

  8. Sally 28 November 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I’ve never heard of this layered dip but it sound magnigicent. A real celebratory dish. Bookmarked!

  9. Chris Bourne 28 November 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    One of the best let out of bag for Christmas…Fantastico!

  10. Sara 29 November 2010 at 12:45 am #

    gorgeous recipe! I’m so making this for my next book club meeting! 🙂

    • Bethany 29 November 2010 at 10:07 am #

      thanks Sara. Enjoy! 🙂

  11. Sandra 29 November 2010 at 9:01 am #

    It looks fab!!! I will try it very soon!

    • Bethany 29 November 2010 at 10:07 am #

      Sara and Sandra- If you get a chance, do come back and let me know how you like it.

  12. Cynthia Heimlich 29 November 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Wowwwiezing!This is an amazing creative dish! xoxox Love u, Mom

  13. The Grubworm 30 November 2010 at 9:01 am #

    This is a stunner of a dish – I like the way the complex layers of flavour are actually embodied in layers of different preparations. And it looks so good too. The pomegranate really enlivens the appearance (and I suspect adds a lovely tart fresh edge to the smoother warm spicy notes of lamb and hummus). And it can be prepared ahead of time, what more could you ask. Great dish. And one I will be using to beat away the cold seeping in from our snowy November.

    • Bethany 30 November 2010 at 12:02 pm #

      Yes it is a very comforting dish and just perfect for when the snow sets 🙂 happy eating!

  14. Krista 1 December 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Oh! That is THE prettiest dip I have seen in ages. 🙂 I cannot look at it without smiling and feeling my heart go, awwww. 🙂

  15. Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf 5 December 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    wow, for real ?!! this is gorgeous and an absolute MUST make !! i love every component, every layer, every ingredient – and the final product is just spectacular. another divine dks creation, thank you ! can not wait to try…

    • Bethany 5 December 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      always a bowl ready for when you visit 🙂 x

  16. Made With Pink 5 December 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Beth, it was so nice meeting you the other weekend. This dip was amazing, and I think the pomegranate seeds are what made it for me! They were a delicious compliment to the savoury spiced lamb. I may have to give this a go as an appy at our Christmas party next weekend! Thanks again for a fab day. Look forward to seeing you at FBC next year!

    • Bethany 5 December 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks Andrea! Hope to see you even sooner 🙂

  17. tasteofbeirut 7 December 2010 at 3:05 am #

    I am always in awe of your photos Beth! This dip looks so festive and of course the flavors are familiar but it is presented in a stylish and fun way.

  18. @midEats 10 January 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    This is genius. A middle eastern 4-layer dip 🙂 Cant wait to try when I get back to my own kitchen next month. ~B http://t.co/klTliLDD

  19. @Arganic_UK 10 January 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    RT @midEats: This is genius. A middle eastern 4-layer dip 🙂 Cant wait to try when I get back to my own kitchen next month. ~B http://t.co/klTliLDD

  20. Bethany Kehdy (@Bethanykd) 11 January 2013 at 9:57 am #

    RT @midEats: ths is genius. A middle eastern 4-layer dip 🙂 Cant wait 2 try when I get back 2 my own kitchen. ~B http://t.co/Wy1p4ke5

  21. Regula @ Miss foodwise 11 January 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    oh this bowl looks absolutely delicious, I still haven’t ventured out into Lebanese cooking but girls this looks like the perfect dish for a friday eve, sitting in the sofa and watching a good movie while dipping away! Wish I had a bit of minced lamb around, I would make it today!

  22. @MissFoodwise 11 January 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I want a whole bowl of this Lebanese Layered Dip from @Bethanykd !!! http://t.co/KInV2aXZ

  23. Mike Diab 15 January 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Wow, wow, wow Bethany. I would not have dreamt this up in a million years. It is exceptionally exquisite on the eye and it is making something so classic into an eclectic, contemporary masterpiece.


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