Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Food

Keeping with tradition we had an all out feast tonight for the super bowl. This year we went with a southwestern/mexican theme for most of our dishes.

First up, a dip, of course. There has to be a dip. So I made a dip that I've made for years that is always a hit, Creamy Taco Dip.

First, combine together:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
2 teaspoons taco seasoning

Spread onto a serving plate.

Next, spread on some taco sauce or salsa, whatever you prefer.

Now add some grated cheese. I am now on the bandwagon of shredding my own cheese. It tastes so much better than the bagged cheese that has cornstarch and who knows what else to keep it from clumping together.

Now add some chopped tomato and either green or red (or both) chopped pepper.

Finally, add some green onion and that's it. Isn't it pretty? Serve it with tortilla chips.

For the next course we had Frito Pie. We cooked up some chili and some cornbread over a campfire in our dutch ovens.

We made the cornbread in the dutch oven down in the coals to make an oven effect.

Now to make the Frito Pie. Add some Fritos to the bottom of your bowl.

Add chili and cornbread and then toppings of your choice.

For the main course we had Sonora Dogs or traditional Mexican hot dogs. These were invented in Mexico and are now popular in Tuscon, Arizona. We saw these featured on a travel show on the food network and I thought they would be a great thing to have for the Super Bowl. Since they are not exactly the healthiest thing to eat, they are good for a special occasion. I didn't do the best job with the pictures on this one, it was getting chaotic in the kitchen as I was making these.

First wrap some all beef hot dogs in bacon. This is a required element of the Mexican hot dog. The other ingredients can be tinkered with, but not this one. And who would want to anyway?

Fry them until the bacon and the dogs are a good golden brown. (pretend that you see a picture of this)

Now take your rolls and split them lengthwise along the top. The Mexican roll that they use in Mexico and Tuscon is called a bolillo roll which is a really light textured roll. There is no way our local grocery stores would have them, so I bought really fresh hoagie rolls from the bakery.

We then added beans and jalapeno/chili sauce. To stick with tradition, you should add ketchup and mustard at this point, but I opted not too.

Next add the hot dog and pile on the rest: chopped avocado, tomatoes, onion, cheese. The Mexican street vendors drizzle mayonnaise over them with a squeeze bottle, but I ran out of time for that.

The unanimous verdict was that these were awesome! My mother-in-law said they were the best hot dog she's ever had and from now on all hot dogs would be a disappointment.

Finally for desert, we had cheesecake stuffed strawberries.
I could have eaten the entire plate of these, they were so good!

To make them, just combine 8 oz cream cheese with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cut the tops off the strawberries and then cut an X in the other end about 3/4 of the way down the strawberry. Pipe the cream cheese mixture into the center of each strawberry and then dip in mini chocolate chips. Chill until ready to serve. It doesn't get much better than this!!

What I like best about the Super Bowl (in order): the food!, hanging out with family/friends, the commercials, the football.

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