Sunday, February 2, 2014

Here's What I am Gnoshing On Super Bowl Sunday

For me it doesn't much matter who's in the Super Bowl since the Packers were knocked out. I am in it for the commercials and of course the food! We are having a Super Bowl appetizer dinner tonight. Here is the menu: BBQ chicken wings, baked pimento cheese toasts, mini pigs in a blanket, guacamole, and little taco salad cups. I will have pics up later.

Pimento Cheese Toasts

1 baguette
1 8 oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup Mayo
1/8 tsp Cayenne
1 small jar pimentos diced
Soft butter for spreading

Mix all of the above ingredients up to the baguette. Slice the baguette in 1 inch thick pieces. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottoms of each of the slices of bread. Place on a baking sheet. On the tops of the bread spread a TBSP. of the pimento spread. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and delicious. Eat immediately.

Note: I wouldn't make these taco cups too far in advance. If they sit in the fridge they get soggy. I did prep the lettuce and olives. They take about 20 minutes to make.
added the cheese over the top

Taco Salad Cups
Note: This is a lot more labor intensive than the traditional  taco dip but very cute.

1/2 head lettuce finely chopped
1 cup salsa
1-2 lbs ground beef browned and refrigerated
1 can refried beans
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 can black olives sliced
1/2 cup sour cream for garnish
1 bag Tostitos Scoops

Place a teaspoon of refried beans in the bottom of the tortilla chip. Next add a teaspoon of the meat,
with salsa
beans, a pinch of lettuce, cheddar, a dab of salsa, sour cream, and garnish with a black olive. Don't forget the cheese. Serve cold. Eat as many as you can.


4-6 avocados scooped into a bowl
1  tsp lemon juice to prevent browning
1/2 tsp. Goya Adobo seasoning

Add all of the above ingredients into a bowl and mash with a fork. The lemon juice will prevent browning. Serve with your favorite chips.

Chicken wings

1 bag of chicken wings defrosted
1 TBSP cumin
1 TBSP garlic powder
1 TBSP chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 container of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
tin foil
sheet pan

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and in a bowl add the seasonings and then the wings. This is your dry rub. Once the wings are coated add to a tin foiled sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and coat with BBQ sauce. Return to the oven and bake for 10-15 more minutes. I like when the BBQ sauce is sticky. Check for doneness. Meat should be 165 degrees. Serve with ranch dressing. I have mine hanging out in a crock pot until I am ready to serve.

Mini Pigs in a Blanket

1 container Pillsbury Crescent rolls
1 pkg little smokies
sesame seeds and parm for dusting

Heat oven as to pkg. directions. Unfold the Crescent rolls and pinch together the seams. With a pizza cutter cut 5 strips lengthwise and then  about 3 down. Wrap each little smokie with a piece of dough. If you have extra strips wrap them twice. Dip in the Parm or sesame seeds. Bake per pkg. directions for 10-12 minutes. Serve hot with mustard and ketchup.

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