The Super Bowl is on tomorrow and even though our Denver Broncos didn't make it to the show this season, it's still a big deal. Super Bowl XLVI, or 46 for you non-Romans, will be the 42nd annual championship game of the modern-era NFL, pitting the New York Giants against the New England Patriots. This matchup has all the makings of a great game, but it wouldn't be the Super Bowl without a Super menu. Now hopefully you've made your preparations, sent out the invitations or made your reservations for a party on Sunday. But if you haven't, fear not, the Kaptain's got your back. See for yourself.
- 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 package of French Onion Dip Mix
- 2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon
Easy Peasy bacon cheesy right? Okay this next one you can spice it up enough to keep your thirst going. Serve this tasty concoction with tortilla chips. You could also use it as a dip for chicken strips, a topping for Mexican dishes or a dressing for taco salad. Makes 2 1/2 cups and takes all of 5 minutes to put together, though you will want to refrigerate it for at least an hour to let the flavors meld.
- 1 pint (16 oz) sour cream
- 1/2 cup salsa (I like Pace Picante Salsa Medium-Hot)
- 1 package Ranch Dip Mix (Hidden Valley rules)
- 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite Chili Powder
Now for something completely different. I ran across this recipe the other day during my research travels and it intrigued me. It's called Pig Candy and outside the barbecue community, it is seldom heard about. Remember the Bacon Explosion? Well this is like an appetizer for that entree and would probably put you in a cholesterol coma if there is such a thing.
- 1 lb. Bacon
- Brown Sugar (probably less than a cup)
- Cayenne pepper
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup lime juice (can substitute with lemon juice)
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup water
- 2 cloves peeled fresh garlic - crushed
- 2 teaspoons white pepper
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/3 orange, sliced
- 1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped (no stems)
An Audible: Omit the water and add one medium onion, one bell pepper, and 2 jalapenos, seeds and all. Puree that mixture and the flavor will go up. The water in the veggies more than makes up for the cup of water removed.
It's been an exciting season watching the Broncos and the future looks bright for 2012. I hope you all have enjoyed this series as much as I did putting it together. As always, good eats and....