Because I’m still recuperating from a wicked case of bronchitis, we are staying home to watch the Super Bowl today. That doesn’t mean that we are skipping the fun food though. The bonus is that I will be able to eat everything on the menu without fear of being sick later, because I know that it will all be gluten-free.
Whenever we celebrate or entertain at home, I like to take a relaxed approach. Instead of having all the dishes ready to eat at the same time, I treat the evening more like a night out at a tapas restaurant. I have a planned line-up of dishes — none of which are complicated — that we may feel like eating (the menu), and I prepare them fresh as we are hungry and/or in the mood for them. This keeps us from eating too much, and I find is means less wasted food at the end of the evening.
The added challenge for today’s Super Bowl fun food line-up is that I want to use only ingredients that we have on-hand. It is bitterly cold outdoors, we are both on the lingering edge of illness, and have you been to the grocery store on the day of the Super Bowl? Cra-zy! Instead of seeing this as a limitation, however, I enjoy the creative challenge.
So here is the line-up for tonight’s Super Bowl viewing. Some will get in the game, and others will end up staying on the bench
All Four Burners: Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Almonds – We usually go the blue cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped route, but I’m looking forward to this alternative recipe.
Mom, What’s For Dinner?: Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Bread Sticks – What would the gluten-free do without cauliflower?
Two Peas & Their Pod: Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip – How can you go wrong with Greek yogurt, avocados, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, & cumin? I don’t have jalapeno, so I will need to figure out a substitution.
Pioneer Woman: Salad Tacos – I will skip the beans and tomatoes and substitute some homemade pico de gallo with plenty of lime and cilantro.
The Art of Doing Stuff: Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Mayo – I will use frozen sweet potato fries to keep it simple.
Broiled Apples and Brie with Fresh Herbs
2 large, tart apples
1 t. olive oil
kosher salt, to taste
1/2 small round of brie
1 T. fresh rosemary or thyme
Pre-heat broiler. Thinly slice apples and brie. Toss apples in olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Spread apples on foil-covered baking sheet, top with brie, and sprinkle with rosemary. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, approximately 1-2 minutes.
Yes, it’s a big list for just two people. I’m saving up my daily calories, but we probably won’t make more than 2-3 items. It’s just fun to know that we have choices. By the way, which Harbaugh brother are you hoping will win? As a Colts fan from way back, I am cheering for “Captain Comeback” Jim. Besides, I’m not sure Baltimore ever got over losing the Colts, and they are AFC rivals after all. (A girl’s gotta throw in some trash talk now and then.)
Have a Happy Super Bowl Sunday!