Sunday, January 4, 2009

Superbowl Eats XLIII

27 days until Superbowl. Which teams will we see play in Tampa Bay, Florida? Whichever two teams make it, we must serve the best Superbowl Eats to honor them. We will eat to honor, their dedication, sweat, tears, and the fact that they bring families and friends together the first weekend of February for decades.

Pigs in Blankies
A Hot Appetizer everyone will love.

Pilsbury Crescent Rolls
Little Smokies
Your favorite Barbecue Sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove Little Smokies from the plastic package. Dump them onto a microwave safe plate and nuke 'em for about two minutes. Remove Lil' Smokies from Microwave. Open and unroll crescent rolls. Cut each triangle into 4 triangles. You should get 32 Pigs in Blankies from one roll. Pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They should be golden brown. Serve on a platter with barbecue sauce.

Antipasti Tapas
These are simple and look great on a platter

Chunks of Salami
Chunks of Cheese (spicy jack, cheddar)
Red onion in one inch slice, cut in sixths
jalapeno stuffed olives or black olives
fancy toothpicks

Take a chunk of salami and pierce it with the fancy toothpick. Take a piece of onion and pierce that. Then cheese and top with the olive. Easy, a bit time consuming, but everyone will love these. They look great and taste terrific.

Hard Boiled Egg Footballs
For those on a protein diet.

Hard Boiled Eggs
Brown Food Dye
White crayon

Using the white crayon, draw to lines that meet around the ends of the hard boiled egg to resemble the lines on a football. In between those lines make the little lace marks. Place eggs in food dye, until the desired brown is dyed.

'Tater Skins

Small red potatoes
Canola oil spray
celery salt
shredded cheeses
green chilis
bacon bits
green onion or chives

Sour cream or ranch dressing

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Clean and pierce your potatoes. Place them on a microwave safe plate. Nuke 'em for about 2-3 minutes per side. If they feel done, cut them in half. If not nuke 'em another minute or two. After you cut them in half, use a spoon and carve out a little bowl for your toppings. Discard extra potato or use it if you want to make twice baked skins. (See directions below for those) On a cookie sheet, place potato halves skin side up and spray with canola oil and then sprinkle them with celery salt. Place the cookies sheet in the oven and bake them for 8-10 minutes. Pull them from the oven, flip them over and top them with cheeses, chilis and bacon bits. Place them in the oven for 8-10 more minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve hot with sour cream or ranch dressing.

Twice Baked Tater Skins
Everyone loves them and you can make them with bacon or vegetarian style.

Follow the recipe above. Using the potato you scooped from skins, place in a bowl. Add a little butter and mash. Then add a little milk and mash. Once potato mix is mash potato consistency add a little cheese and chives. Fill baked seasoned skins with a spoonful of the potato mix and top as you would the skins as listed above.

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