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Super bowl prep !!
Friday, January 31, 2014
The biggest day of
food football is almost here!!!
I mean the game should be fun to watch and all... but come on. We all know where the importance lies.
IN THE KITCHEN.
So I thought I'd share our menu we have planned for our Super Bowl Party in case you guys are looking for any ideas!
For me, it is all about bite-size food. Mini anything. Mini everything. Skewers. Toothpicks. Finger food. Fun size. You get the picture.
I made the hot jalapeno corn dip for our little Christmas Eve get together and it was so easy and SO delicious. I cut out the seeds and veins of the jalapeno so it had just a bit of heat. If you like things hotter you can leave the veins and seeds in.
What you need...
2 cans sweet corn, drained
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
dash of hot sauce (we used Frank's)
salt and pepper to taste
What you do...
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix mayo, sour cream, spices and hot sauce.
Fold in corn, minced jalapeno peppers, onions and 3/4 cups of the blended cheese.
Pour the mixture into a 2 quart greased baking dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
Bake for 20 mins or until cheese is golden brown and bubbling.
Serve with tortilla chips.
So creamy. The corn adds the perfect amount of sweetness to counter the spice of the jalapeno. Definitely my new staple party dip.
For the pigs in a blanket I buy mini hot dogs and crescent roll dough. Cut the dough into smaller pieces and wrap the little wieners up! Best thing about these is getting some fancy mustards for dipping. One of my favorites is Jack Daniel's hickory smoked mustard.
I loved the mini crab cakes my mom and I made for m+d cooking day that I have to make them again for our party (you can see the full recipe and instructions here). These fit the mini/funsize/onebite theme perfectly. Another great thing about this recipe, as well as the corn dip, is you can make them a day ahead of time and just pop them in the oven on game day. I absolutely LOVE hosting parties and making all this food but I never want to let it interfere with enjoying the party itself. That's the whole point isn't it?!
And now for the GUAC. I love guacamole. Who doesn't love guacamole?!!! It's not a party without it. I use my step-mom's recipe as my go-to. It's super easy and you can make it in literally 5 minutes.
What you need...
1 16-oz container of fresh pico de gallo
3 seeded, minced jalapenos
handful of cilantro, finely chopped
squeeze of lemon, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
What you do...
I usually mix together the meat of the avocados, lemon, salt and pepper and cilantro first until it's a flavor I like. Then I add in the jalapeno and pico and call it a day! Serve with tortilla chips. So easy, so tasty. And this will make a LOT. You can adjust amounts based on how many people you're serving (it's really easy to just eyeball it). Also, if you like your guac with less tomato in it than don't add as much pico.
For the meatballs we're doing the 3 ingredient crock pot recipe... 16-18 oz grape jelly, 12 oz chili sauce & 2 lbs of meatballs. Cook in the crock pot on high for 1-2 hours until heated through.
The rest are new recipes I've never tried before! You can find the sources here...
Mini banana cookie cream pies (already drooling)
Fruit dip (I wanted to get something healthy on the menu... not sure this even counts....)
Whew!!! I'm so pumped for the party!
I am also excited that the sun is out today and the temperatures have actually spiked above 40 degrees today!!!! Praise you mother nature! Time for Hadley and I to get out of this house and hit the pavement. Stir crazy much?
From this 8 month old gal (AH!) and myself, we hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!!!
Beers & cheers,