Friday, February 3, 2012

Foodie Friday: Super Bowl edition



I should maybe care a little bit about the Super Bowl this year, just because it's close by (ish)and coverage is everywhere and it might be sort of fun to jump on the anticipatory bandwagon. But quite honestly, my sports-related anticipation is already entirely claimed by this summer's Olympic games (SIX MONTHS AWAY), and I can't be bothered with any other athletic contest. My apologies in advance to March Madness and the Triple Crown. I blame the Today Show, with its insistence on playing the Olympic theme song from time to time, making me all misty-eyed and pathetic. Oh, Matt Lauer...you sure know how to stir my heart.

That sounded weird, but I'm leaving it.

Anyway, even though I don't care about Sunday's game, we are going to a Super Bowl party. Or, our small group is meeting on it's usual night and we're going to have the game on while we talk and pay half-attention to the commercials and Madonna and eat copious amounts of snack foods. In other words, hooray!

We've been throwing around Facebook messages about what food items we're bringing, because it's important not to have too much overlap, and also because I just really want to know. I'm low-key like that. (We decided initially that we'd each bring a snack (singular) and a drink. Which has now developed into each of us bringing at least three different types of finger foods. I love us.) So my friend Ryann sends out a message this afternoon saying, "I'm bringing Hanky Pankies..." followed by a list of other stuff that I didn't pay any attention to because what in the world are Hanky Pankies?

To find out, I made the unfortunate choice to consult the internet. Yes that's right. Suffice it to say, I shrieked aloud, then hit the Back button on my browser to return to Facebook land and tell Ryann that I need to immediately know what Hanky Pankies are and also just as an FYI don't Google it.

So this recipe apparently involves meats and Velveeta, which are two of the main Super Bowl food groups, so now I know and all is well.

My contributions to the gathering will include my favorite soft pretzel sticks and a version of cookies from my eclectic collection of chocolate-chip recipes. In past years, I've almost always made my beloved Southwest Egg Rolls, but since I've made them for both of my kids' birthday parties in the last two months, I'm done for awhile. Although they are life-changing, so I'm including that recipe link here as well.

May all of your Super Bowl gatherings be delightful! And may one of the two teams involved win.


Soft Pretzels

1 1/3 cup warm water
3 or 4 tsp. yeast.
1 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. kosher salt

(Mix all and let stand until dissolved)

Add:
4 1/2 - 5 cups flour
1 T. oil
1/4 cup sugar

Knead 7-8 minutes. Place in oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in warm place for one hour, or until doubled.

Shape dough into pretzels (or roll into thick ropes and cut into sticks). Boil one gallon of water with 1/3 cup baking soda. Drop pretzels into boiling water for 10-15 seconds. Place on well-greased baking sheets. Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 T. water and brush overtop. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes. Brush with melted butter.

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Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

1 cup butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup (or more) chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and pudding mix. Stir into butter/sugar mixture until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake at 375 for 11-13 minutes.

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Southwest Egg Rolls

Note: It is imperative that you try the Avocado Ranch dip recipe included with the egg roll one. Just...trust me.

I've also made these by rolling them up and putting them on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, brushing them with oil, and baking them instead of frying. They're good. But for as infrequently as I normally make them, I usually splurge and fry them in canola oil.





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