Saturday, February 2, 2008

Fun Super Bowl Stuff

Well it's Super Bowl time again (hope the Giants win) and the Home Girlz and I have been discussing and actually (hope the Giants win) agreeing on what we'll have to munch on for game time. My hubby won't be sharing this momentous occasion with us (hope the Giants win) because he feels the need to go to New Orleans to visit "his Mom and dem" - translation his Mom and them. The girlz and I (hope the Giants win) had a meeting and have found that it's quite a coincidence his spur of the moment visit just happens to conveniently be during... yes... Mardi Gras. Anyway we will probably be the only all girl house in East Tennessee enthusiastically watching the BIG GAME Sunday and by the way, we hope the Giants win!

Artichoke Dip - One day before the game, drain 2 cans of artichoke hearts (they can be whole, half or quartered) in a colander. Squeeze the artichokes with your hands to get out the excess liquid and to break them up. Do not use a food processer or knofe to cut up the artichokes as this will severely change the tastes of the dip! Once the artichokes are thoroughly drained, place them in a medium sized bowl and add 1 cup of mayonnaise, one pacekt of Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix (dry) and garlic powder to taste. Blend together with a fork, cover and chill over night in the fridge. Serve with Ritz crackers.

Buffalo Bites - Place into a bowl one package of chicken breasts strips cut into bite size pieces, season with salt and black pepper and toss in about 1/4 cup of hot sauce (I like Crystal or Frank's). Let them marinate for a few minutes until you get the batter together. Mix in a bowl with a wire wisk 1 to 1 1/2 cups (eye up how many chicken bites you have) of COMPLETE pancake mix with water - use table on the back of pancake mix box for water amount, add 1/4 of a cup of hot sauce, mix. You can add more hot sauce if you wish, but I PROMISE, this amount of hot sauce is really not very hot at all. Now, pour bout 1/2 cup of the pancake mix in a bowl by itself. Take your chicken bite, roll it in the pancake mix, dunk it in the batter and fry in hot oil until golden brown. The chicken will cook pretty quick since it's cut so small. Drain cooked chicken bites on paper towels, plate and serve with more hot sauce, ranch dressing and/or bleu cheese for dipping. You can even serve some celery and carrot sticks on the side.

Italian Waffle Fries - Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place one package of waffle fries in a bowl and drizzle some extra vigin olive oil and toss fries until they are all coated. Spread the fries in a single layer on a large cookie sheet and bake until they are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove fries from the oven and place in a heat safe bowl, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and 1/2 cup of frshly grated parmesan cheese and serve. Note: National brand grated parmeasan cheese are very high in salt. If you prefer to use this, go easy on the salt when seasoning the fries.

Sinful Brownies - Mix one package of your favorite brownie mix per package directions and pour half of the mix into a 9 x 13 disposable foil pan; use a knife or back of spoon to spread out evenly. Then place three large chocolate candy bars (I like the Hershey's Symphony Toffee Bars) in a row on top of the brownie batter, add remaining brownie batter on top of candy bars and spread evenly. Bake in oven per package directions. Cool and cut into small squares. These are also great for bribing teenagers to do stuff around the house you don't feel like doing. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, I tried the brownies. They are so simple and wonderful. Very rich, you are right about small pieces.