I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a sports fan. Sure I love to go catch an occasional Major League Baseball game, and I can, occasionally, be found spending a Sunday afternoon watching football, but that it about it. I can’t spout off each players statistics. Heck, I usually don’t keep up with who is even playing for what team. When asked my opinion I usually just BS my way through and hope I don’t say anything too stupid. It’s not that I don’t like sports, I’ve just got better things to do with my time than sit around watching them, and have way too much going on to try and bother with keeping up with all the players stats.
That being said, I do jump on the Super Bowl bandwagon. It is the one televised sporting event that I really look forward to watching. First of all more often than not, I can expect a great game, then there are the commercials, and yes I am one of those that pays attention to the commercials during the game as much as the game, but mostly I love Super Bowl for the parties and the food. Where else can you overindulge in cheese, bacon, pork fat, fried foods, more cheese, spicy foods, more fried foods, and beer and not be considered a glutton?! Yes, it is a beautiful thing! I’ve been to upscale Super Bowl parties, and they just don’t seem “right.” Sure I love crabcakes, smoked salmon, and carpaccio, but that’s not Super Bowl food. When I’m watching the Super Bowl, I want artery clogging and tongue burning, and don’t even think about serving me vegetarian or chicken chili!!!!
This dip is perfect for a Super Bowl party as it meets at least 2 of the qualifications for being good Super Bowl food; it’s spicy and loaded with cheese. It can be served with tortilla chips or I’ll even allow celery to grace the platter, as I’m sure any health benefits provided by celery are more than negated by the rich cheesiness of this dip.
Also, if you have just a few minutes, I have another great addition to your Super Bowl bash. This popcorn snack is the perfect Super Bowl snack. Light, and not overly greasy, a good thing with all else you have planned to eat, this snack is also a great match with beer. The Wasabi Peas give it just a hint of a spicy kick, but also makes this mix rather addictive
Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless
1 cup 1/2 & 1/2
12 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. blue cheese crumbled
1/3 cup of hot sauce (or more if you like it really spicy)
Gently poach the chicken breasts in seasoned water until just done. Cool and then either dice finely or shred the chicken. Meanwhile heat the 1/2 & 1/2 in a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the cream cheese and stir until completely melted. Add the hot sauce and blue cheese. Gently heat until the the cheese is melted, stirring regularly so that the sauce doesn’t burn. Do not allow the sauce to boil. Add the chicken meat and heat through. Place into a small crock pot or warmer and serve warm with tortilla chips and celery sticks
Asian Popcorn Mix
12-14 cups popcorn, popped
1 cup chow mien noodles
1 cup wasabi peas (can be found in many supermarkets Asian (Japanese) section)
1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Preheat oven to 275F. Combine the popcorn, chow mien noodles and wasabi peas in large bowl. Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over popcorn mixture. Stir well to coat and then spread out on 2 cookies sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.