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Hit dishes from Superbowl 45

  • (originally made 2/2011)

     All season, game day sunday dinners have been an event.   Sometimes it's theme, sometimes it's picnic style (Jake's favorite), but always I have the same game plan-  make a lot of food that's good at room temp or easily heatable so that I can sit and watch the game!      :)    I stuck with some old favorites, pulled pork in the crockpot (pork roast and bottle of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce on low 8 hours, shred, serve on rolls),  nachos (chips and cheese set up on plates so that guys could nuke them when they wanted them), cheese and fruit plate, and my previously reviewed Chicken and Bacon BBQ3000 poppers

    First up, Mini Rice Cake Snacks from Light & Tasty.   They don't photograph particularly well, but they were absolutely delicious!    The only decent fruit at the grocery this week was red grapes, so I also defrosted some strawberries that we picked at the farm.    These don't hold well for long periods of time, the rice cake will get soggy.    No pic of the pineapple or orange ones  ( I used Dole bowl fruits), those were the first to go   :)

     I decided to treat myself to a few spicy dishes since there was plenty of options for the guys to eat.    Combed my to-try files and the first to go on the menu was Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Poppers from Country Woman.    The chicken and bacon poppers use a mixture of brown sugar and Penzey's BBQ3000 spice mix, so I simply doubled it and dipped the jalapeno poppers first.   I had to bake mine longer than what the recipe stated to get the bacon crispy, about 30 mins total.   Love the sweet/spicy bacon with the creamy cheese mixture.   My jalapenos were not hot at all, but I still could not convince Jake or Tim to give them a try.   Oh well, more for me  :)

    Spicy dish #2 was a recipe that was posted here on the board, by Salsa and Sinclairwife.    It doesn't get much easier than this- frozen meatballs tossed in a sweet/spicy/buttery sauce.   I'm not a fan of bleu cheese, I served mine with light ranch, and used carrot and celery "toothpicks".    Thanks so much to Salsa and Sinclairwife for sharing the recipe!     :) 


                              Mini Rice Cake Snacks

      Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      3             ounces  reduced-fat cream cheese
         1/4           cup  orange marmalade
      24 miniature honey-nut or cinnamon-apple rice cakes (used cinn apple)
      2 medium  fresh strawberries -- sliced
      3        tablespoons  fresh blueberries
      3 tablespoons  mandarin orange segments (used Dole bowls, drained)
      3 tablespoons  pineapple tidbits (used Dole bowls, drained)

    In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and marmalade until blended. Spread over rice cakes; top with fruit. Yield: 2 dozen.  Makes 8 servings.

    Nutritional Analysis: One serving (3 rice cakes) equals 81 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

    * Exported from MasterCook *

                          Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

      Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      6                     jalapeno peppers
      4             ounces  cream cheese -- softened
      2        tablespoons  shredded cheddar cheese
      6                     bacon strips -- halved widthwise
         1/4           cup  packed brown sugar
      1         tablespoon  chili seasoning (used Penzey's BBQ3000)

    Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cheeses until blended. Spoon into pepper halves.  Wrap a half-strip of bacon around each pepper half.

    Combine brown sugar and chili seasoning; coat peppers with sugar mixture. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.   Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until bacon is firm. Yield: 1

    Nutrition Facts: 1 appetizer equals 66 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 fat.

     Spicy Buffalo Style Meatballs

      Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      18            ounces  meatball, frozen, cooked
      2        tablespoons  hot pepper sauce
      2        tablespoons  butter -- melted
      1         tablespoon  honey

    Prepared bleu cheese dressing -- (used light ranch)
    celery (and carrot sticks, cut to be used as picks)

    Cook meatballs according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine hot pepper

    sauce, butter and honey in a large bowl, then mix well. Add meatballs and stir to coat. Serve with dressing and celery sticks, as desired.

    Number of Servings: 3 dozen

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