Sunday, September 22, 2013

Football Food

This list is not about the finest quality or precision knife work, its about quick food that tastes delicious.  No calorie counters are invited.  While this food is intended for Football it will easily cover for any occasion (even a Walking Dead episode get together).

Nachos.  There is an art to making them correctly but almost any way they are done can be amazing.
Buy quality tortilla chips, spread them out on a cookie sheet no more than 10-12 chips.  Cover each chip with cheese (I like a combo of Monterrey and Colby but cheddar is hard to beat), and place under your broiler until the cheese is melted with slightly browned edges.  Once removed, plate and cover each chip with a dab of sour cream, dab of salsa, two slices of pickled jalapeno, and a leaf or two of cilantro (omit any ingredients that you don't like and add any that you do).

Pigs and a Blanket.  This ones pretty simple.  Buy a package of Lil' Smokies and package of crescent rolls.  Split each perforated crescent roll into 5 equal parts and rap the smokies.  Cook on a baking sheet at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.

Ruffled Potato Chips and French Onion Dip.  Buy Ruffled potato chips, sour cream and a Lipton's Onion Soup pack.  So simple but one of my favorite dip.  This maybe just the authors favorite because I always ate this at the beach in the summer.  Its hard not to think of this snack as anything but pleasurable.

Salmon Dill Dip and Crackers.  Lay 1-2 pounds of fresh salmon fillets or whole piece with skin down, to with 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill, 1 tablespoon of butter, and salt & pepper.  Bake at 350 degrees until fish is firm (a little over will not hurt in this recipe).  Remove, cool and break into small pieces removing the skin or any bones.  Combine with 1/4 cup of mayo, 2 tablespoons of capers, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, 1 tablespoon of chopped dill, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Serve with a nice cracker that you have purchased (always better if you make them yourself).

Baby Back Ribs.  Start with 3 racks of ribs that have had the bone side membrane peeled.  Cover with salt and pepper then place on a baking sheet.  Seal with aluminium foil and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Remove foil, then cover with your favorite BBQ sauce on both sides.  Place back into a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove again and re-bast both sides again and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Let them cool for 10 minutes.  If your looking to make your own sauce, check out the sauce tab on the main page.

This is what I want when I watch Football (to be honest I'd like to eat like this more than I would like to admit).  You can make this list more homemade by making your own tortillas, salsa, sausages, dough, chips, dip, crackers, and sauce but for me sometimes, its time for junk food.

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