Friday, February 3, 2012

Snacks for Superbowl - Part 2 - Pizza and Big Bites

Continuing on to the heartier portion of Superbowl Snacks, here are my suggestions for entree-like finger food. Enjoy!
Stuffed Mushrooms are so simple to prepare and even reheat well if you want to make them the day before. Try to find mushrooms that are uniform in size to ensure they all finishing baking at the same rate.

While it seems tempting to buy lots of fried food from a package and bake it off in the oven, here's a recipe that will blow all of that packaged food away: Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos. Oh yeah, they're as good as they sound, and stuffing them with cream cheese is surprisingly easy. Baking them off helps keep the jalapeno crunchy and the prosciutto will dissolve any protests about the lack of deep-frying.

Here's a bit of summer in the dead of winter - Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes. If you're lucky enough to get the roma tomatoes that are coming out of Mexico right now (as opposed to Florida-grown) than make these delicious little amuse-bouche. They look great and are oh so satisfying!

No Superbowl spread is complete unless the hallowed wings are on the table. Forgo buying them from some fast-food joint, just double bake them at home! Last year I was inspired to re-create the Hot Wings I cooked at one of my college-era jobs and they were spectacular! Don't forget the creamy dressing as well (and simply add blue cheese to make it so.)

Ahhh pizza, my favorite food, bar none. Below are a few suggestions for types and toppings that I love, but of course make it your own! If you have the time making your own crust is so worth the effort. But do not let that limit you, buy premade dough if you have to.

Corn, Lime, Cilantro and Jalapeno Pizza
Crazy topping combination = crazy good. Don't knock it until you try it!

Roasted Tomato and Spinach Pizza
A classic that never fails to please.

White Mushroom Pizza
I am a late comer to the "white" pizza, at least as currently interpreted, but I'm loving it!

Sundried Tomato, Spinach and Shrimp Pizza
Very California influenced and delicious year round, don't spend a fortune on the shrimp, canned ones will work well.

Enjoy and hugs to all!

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