February 2, 2013

47 Ingredients For The Monster Of All Dips

The Super Bowl is fast approaching (as in tomorrow) and people are still on the path to the perfect Super Bowl foods. As I learned in my first Super Bowl post (see here), after Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is the biggest food fest of the year. People eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than most every other holiday or event all year. The Super Bowl has that kind of eating power…who knew?

In addition to chips, dip, and burgers, people enjoy crackers and cheese, side dishes including mac and cheese and chili, appetizers, and desserts. Well, if you are still on the prowl for the perfect addition to your Super Bowl spread, here is a suggestion from BuzzFeed: the 47-LAYER DIP. You read that correctly — 47 layers of a variety of foods to make a dip that weighs more than most babies. At 17 pounds, this dip owns the crown as king of Super Bowl dips.

Here is the list of all 47 layers:

  1. Scallions
  2. Tater tots
  3. Guacamole
  4. Chorizo
  5. Red salsa
  6. Red Onion
  7. Corn
  8. Salsa con queso
  9. Black olives
  10. Fritos
  11. Canned chili
  12. Yellow rice (apparently only the Goya brand will do)
  13. Feta/Cotija cheese
  14. Green salsa
  15. Cool Ranch Doritos
  16. Pulled pork
  17. Mango
  18. Black beans
  19. White rice
  20. Chopped tomatoes
  21. Lettuce
  22. Caramelized onions
  23. Cheddar cheese
  24. Dill pickles
  25. Ketchup
  26. French fries
  27. Ground beef
  28. Kraft Mac & Cheese
  29. Fresh jalapeno slices
  30. Bell pepper
  31. Refried beans
  32. Bacon bits
  33. Hard-boiled eggs
  34. Pickled okra
  35. Chicken nuggets
  36. Crumbled cornbread
  37. Chopped avocado
  38. Red cabbage
  39. Sour cream
  40. Pickled jalapenos
  41. Pepper jack cheese
  42. Cucumber
  43. Nacho Cheese Doritos
  44. Ground turkey
  45. Pico de Gallo
  46. Pinto beans
  47. Brown rice

Holy Moly! Does this list sound like an instant heart attack to anyone else? I am not asking that flippantly. Who in their right mind would eat a dip that weighs more than a human baby, has 6 kinds of cheese or other dairy products, 3 fried foods, 3 types of chips, 6 types of meats, oh, and Mac & Cheese? Whoa! I am pretty sure I just gained 10 pounds simply by looking at this list and picture. I know I am not alone in that thought either.

My next question is how can anyone even distinguish all of these flavors? It seems that there is way too much going on in this dip for it to truly taste good. For full discloser’s sake, I am a little weird about too many flavors mixing, but aside from that, 47 ingredients of varying levels of savory, sweet, salty, and otherwise seems to be way too many.

Furthermore, if it weighs 17 pounds, how can one even begin to address eating this behemoth of a dip? I mean, a seven-layer dip is deep and complicated enough; adding 40 more flavors just blows my mind. Frankly, I do not even know how to react to this dip.

On the other hand, though, for those who partake in the Super Bowl and enjoy the ritual of gathering and watching and eating their hearts out, I guess the saying, “Go big or go home” applies. Why not have the biggest, best 47-layer dip if you are going to gorge on Super Bowl foods?

I am just speechless about this dip. The health-conscious part of me is screaming to tell readers to stay away from this dish. It must have more calories than we should eat in a week, maybe even a month. But the party-goer in me says to “just go for it”. Jump in, face first!

Image Credit: Macey Foronda / BuzzFeed

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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