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Super Bowl Party preps already starting

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Reports show that Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year in the United States next to Thanksgiving; however, Thanksgiving is starting to drop to the number two spot. Super Bowl Sunday is inching it's way closer to being a bigger at-home celebration than Thanksgiving, and even Christmas!

I caught up with staff at Martin's Supermarket in Mishawaka where the store is already gearing up for party gatherings.  Martin's Corporate Chef Ora Smith shared a bunch of great game day recipes with us.

 

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil

1 pound Ground Chicken Breast (can substitute Turkey)

3/4 cups Bread Crumbs

1 Carrot, minced

1 Celery Stalk, minced

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons Franks red hot sauce

Salt and Pepper

In a large bowl, mix by hand ground chicken, bread crumbs, carrot, celery, egg, and 2 tablespoons Franks; mix until just incorporated. Firmly roll the mixture into 24 balls, about 1" each.

In a heavy bottomed pan, cook meatballs on medium heat until cooked through, and lightly browned.

To serve from a crock-pot or chaffer add:

1 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce, or blend ¼ cup melted butter or margarine with 3/4 cup of Franks brand hot sauce

Blue cheese dip or dressing

 

Team Colors Chex Mix

6 cups any variety Chex cereal

12oz bag white chocolate chips

2 teaspoons shortening

food coloring

*Additional items to add to mix… (pretzels, nuts, m&m's, chocolate chips, or whatever you like)

Put 3 cups each of Chex cereal into 2 separate bowls.

In a microwave safe bowl, microwave chips for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Return to microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Stir again. Repeat at 30 second intervals until fully melted. Add shortening.

Separate white chocolate by half into another bowl. Add appropriate color to each bowl to represent your favorite team. Some colors may need to be combined i.e. red+blue=purple. Continue to add color until desired color intensity is achieved.

Mix one bowl of colored chocolate with one bowl of cereal, and the other with the other. Stir both mixtures until cereal is well coated. Spread mixtures out onto two pieces of parchment paper until chocolate sets.

Combine both with each other, and with other favorite snack ingredients. Have fun supporting your favorite team!

 

Lobster- Fontina Nachos

1 pound lobster meat, chopped

12 oz fontina cheese, grated or shredded

1 16oz bag restaurant style tortilla chips

8 oz alfredo sauce (favorite brand or recipe)

¼ cup red onion, fine dice

¼ cup red bell pepper, fine dice

½ bunch cilantro chopped (approximately 3 tablespoons)

Begin by laying out onto a glass or ceramic platter, ½ of the chips. Scatter onto the chips, ½ of the lobster meat. Using a squeeze bottle, distribute approximately ½ of the alfredo sauce, followed by 1/2 of the fontina. Onto that scatter ½ of the onions and peppers.

Place remaining chips on top, and repeat the process of adding all of the remaining ingredients in the same order and methods as before.

Place in a 300* oven until cheese is melted, and all other ingredients are warmed through. Approximately 10-12 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro, and serve hot.

 

Spiced Nuts: Rosemary-Black Pepper

2 cups salted mixed nuts

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary

1 Tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper

1. Melt about butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When melted add the mixed nuts, rosemary, and black pepper. Stir just until everything is well-combined, which will take about 2 minutes max.

2. Pour onto a piece of parchment paper or nonstick foil and let cool before serving.

 

Spiced Nuts: Lemon Thyme

2 cups salted mixed nuts

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1. Melt about butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When melted add the mixed nuts, sugar, thyme, and lemon zest. Stir just until the sugar is melted and everything is well-combined, which will take about 2 minutes max.

2. Pour onto a piece of parchment paper or nonstick foil and let cool before serving.

 

Spiced Nuts: Cajun

2 cups salted mixed nuts

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons cajun seasoning

1. Melt about butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When melted add the mixed nuts, and cajun seasoning. Stir just until everything is well-combined, which will take about 2 minutes max.

2. Pour onto a piece of parchment paper or nonstick foil and let cool before serving.

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