A couple times a year my family makes dinner comprised entirely of appetizers.
Like breakfast for dinner, these appetizers-turned-main-courses are some of our favorite meals. Christmas Eve is always a meal of little bites that everyone looks forward to, and just for the fun of it, a couple weeks ago at my parents’ house we decided to do the same thing.
Everyone’s favorites were in abundance (like a cheese and cracker tray, spinach-artichoke dip, crudités, and homemade chicken wings), but this bean dip was the complete star of the show.
And I had no problem making it the star of my meal.
Pacific Foods was kind enough to recently send me a sampling of their baked and refried beans (thank-you, Pacific!). The vegetarian organic refried pinto beans in particular were fantastic, especially in this dip…I also think refried black beans would be delish.
What is your favorite appetizer to make into a full meal?
- 1 (13.6 oz/385 g) container Pacific Foods Vegetarian Organic Refried Pinto Beans
- 4 oz (115 g) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup (115 g) plain, low-fat yogurt
- ½ medium onion, finely diced
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 6 oz (170 g) sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (or use a full 8 oz/225 g if you want!)
- 1 cup (150 g) cherry tomatoes, chopped
- ½ cup (60 g) pitted black olives, sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves, for garnish (optional)
- Tortilla chips, for serving
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Stir the refried beans and spread them in the bottom of a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.
- Stir together the cream cheese, yogurt, onion, cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and ⅔ of the shredded cheese (reserving ⅓ of the shredded cheese for topping). Spread the cheese mixture on top of the refried beans.
- Spread the tomatoes on top of the cheese mixture, and then sprinkle the olives on top. Top with the reserved ⅓ of the shredded cheese.
- Bake until bubbling in the center, about 20 minutes. If you want it more browned on top, run it under the broiler for a couple minutes (stay with it, because it will brown quickly under the broiler!).
- Sprinkle the parsley on top; serve warm with tortilla chips for dipping.
Disclaimer: I received samples of baked and refried beans for free from Pacific Foods. I was under no obligation to review this product, and as always, opinions stated are my own.