No need to go out for an expensive evening this Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 6th, 2011 @ 6pm) when you can have affordable alcohol and really good eats at home!
The first would have to be my delicious meatball slider. Now, if you have tasted my meatballs, then you know just how good these meatball sliders could be!
Meatball Recipe:equal parts ground beef and ground pork, seasoned to your taste (I use minced onions and garlic, cumin, corriander, and cayenne pepper for a little heat, add Lea & Perrins sauce, a freshly beaten egg along with 3 tablespoons of ordinary water for moisture. Salt and Pepper to taste.) You can also just buy a bag of good quality meatballs from your grocer. Brown the meatballs in a pan for about a 2 minutes then placed them in a pot of zesty marinara sauce (I usually make a homemade sauce but sometimes I use a jarred sauce that I doc up with ingredients like fresh garlic, red peppers, olive oil, and a splash of cream) and have them simmer for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your pot and the quantity of the meatballs.
Find mini brioche or mini dinner rolls (or even use a small cookie cutter and cut out some sliced bread) to sandwich your meatball. top with either a small slice of cheese or a leaf of arugula (or basil.) – EASY!
Oven-Fried Drumsticks:In a large bowl, add your raw drumsticks in 2 cups of buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce (it won’t be too hot, don’t worry) for at least 2 hrs in the fridge or use your own marinade and proceed. Dust each drumstick in some heavily seasoned flour (salt, pepper, smoked paprika, sazon packet, cumin, and garlic powder.) I use a large ziplock bag and shake it all up- southern style. Place the flour dusted drumsticks in a greased (olive oil) baking sheet – single layer. Drizzle some olive oil over the top and bake for about 45 minutes at 375. Then turn the drumsticks over and bake for another 45 minute or until done and evenly browned. Take the drumsticks out and coat them with BBQ Honey Sauce or a cool ranch sauce. Sometimes, we set out small bowls of sauces to dip the drumsticks in.
Chili Fries Recipe:Preheat your oven to 400ºF. Buy a small plastic tub of Jalapenos. Slice them lengthwise and remove all the seeds (that’s where the heat is) and the stems. Rinse the halves and pat dry (please be careful, the seed may even give your fingertips a mild burning sensation – rinse-rinse-rinse and for goodness sakes, DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR EYES!) Set up 3 plates; in one spread some wheat flour, in the second beat 5 eggs with a tablespoon of dijon or spicy brown mustard and about 2 tablespoons of wheat flour, in the third combine breadcrumbs, parmasean cheese and some salt and pepper. Coat the pepper halves in the flour, then in the egg mixture and finally in the breadcrumbs, pressing to make sure the coating sticks. Roast peppers in the oven, turning halfway through baking until golden brown and crispy (less than 20 minutes.) Serve these crispy delights immediately – you will not believe how crunchy these are and the heat, although mild, is deep and rich. Make a cool ranch sauce or even guacomole for dipping.
There you have it, 3 Simple Super Bowl Bites!! Add a veggie plate (carrot sticks, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli) with some fresh or store-bought hummus and make some pita chips (or Indian Nan) in the oven and cover those with an apricot/mango chutney and you have a PARTY!!
Don’t forget the beverages: Grab a metal bucket filled with ice and add your favorite beers (21yrs. and over please) and old-fashion sodas and waters and you are all set and ready for the big game! Go!! Pittsburgh Steelers!! Go!!