Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday a Success

When the kids asked John who he wanted to win the Super Bowl, he said he didn't have a favorite team, he was just hoping to watch a good game, eat some yummy snacks, and check out the good commercials. 

With that set of criteria in mind, I can confidently say we had a very successful Super Bowl Sunday!  The game was good, especially the last few minutes.  We stuffed ourselves silly with all the goodies I had made.  We got a few good laughs at the commercials, especially the Ferris Bueller one for Honda CRV.  And we felt very old as we had to explain to the 8 year old who that old blonde lady was singing at the halftime show. 

We had quite a feast, and John hopes that I'll repeat the menu with the NCAA Basketball tournament in a few weeks.  I tweaked the recipes from Pioneer Woman just a tad, but here's what I put together using the ingredients from my weekly shopping trip.

Our Super Bowl Sunday Feast. . . . . .
Traditional Hot Wings, Plain Wings and Panko Crusted Boneless Bites, Asian Wings,
Pico de Gallo, Tortilla Chips, Guacamole, Knock You Naked Brownies,
Cherry and Lime Sparkling Water with lime garnishes, Veggies and Ranch and Blue cheese Dip

Pico De Gallo
1 cup red onion, diced
2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine
1/2 lime
kosher salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.  Squeeze the lime juice over the top.  Sprinkle with kosher salt.  Mix.  Taste and adjust as needed.  Store covered in frig.

Serve with tortilla chips.

1 avocado
scoop of pico de gallo
salt to taste

1.  Dice avocado and put it a small bowl.
2.  Mash with a fork.
3.  Add a scoop of pico de gallo.
4.  Mix together.
5.  Sprinkle with salt if needed.

Store with pit on top and covered tightly so it doesn't brown before you eat it.

Serve with Tortilla Chips

Pico De Gallo, Tortilla Chips, Guacamole
I could have made a meal out of just this!

Knock You Naked Brownies
1 stick butter, melted
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 cup chopped pecans (I didn't measure exactly; I probably had a little less)
1 bag Kraft caramels, unwrapped (the 8 year old helped with this task)
1/3 cup chocolate chips
powdered sugar for dusting finished brownies

1.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Spray a 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray.
2.  Mix together cake mix, melted butter, and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a large bowl.  Dough will be stiff.
3.  Spread 1/2 of the dough in the pan.
4.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.
5.  Place caramels and 1/2 cup evaporated milk in saucepan and melt over low heat.
6.  Pour melted caramel over cooked brownie crust.
7.  Sprinkle chocolate chips over the caramel.
8.  Between a sheet of waxed paper, press the remaining dough into a square slightly smaller than the pan.
9.  Carefully place the dough on top of the chocolate chips.
10.  Bake 20-25 minutes.
11.  Remove pan from oven and let come to room temperature.
12.  Refrigerate brownies a couple of hours to allow caramel to set up.
13.  Cut and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Hot Wings
4 lb bag of frozen chicken wings
Franks Red Hot Chicken Wing Sauce (just 80 cents with my coupon and in store special)
Franks Sweet Chile Hot Sauce (free with my coupon and in store special)

1.  Bake wings according to package directions
2.  In a small bowl, toss wings with desired sauce (I did half traditional, half Asian)
3.  After wings are coated in sauce, return wings to oven for 5 minutes in separate pans @ 425 to set the sauce and crisp them up a bit. (I used my round cake pans)

Serve wings with your favorite blue cheese or ranch dip and fresh vegetables.

We also had some "plain" wings for the ones that don't like spice and I made some panko breaded boneless bites with the chicken left over from my white chicken chili prep.

How was your Super Bowl Sunday?

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