By Kathy Kitzmiller
Super Bowl parties: the plays, the halftime show, the food…the glorious and usually cheese-filled or bacon-wrapped food. I’ll admit I am not that much into football. I do, however, love food. I rounded up a few of my favorite Pin recipes to share with you and Emily Parker has two Pin reviews!
Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring | Pillsbury
Leave it to Pillsbury for a quick, easy, and delicious recipe. I have made this many times and created quite a few variations. Our two fan favorites are the original buffalo recipe and a hot ham and cheese.
Baked Blooming Onion | Gimme Some Oven
Confession: I am a sucker for a blooming onion. I don’t know why; I don’t even really like onion. Maybe it’s the shape or the crisp. Hell, it could just be the dipping sauce. I don’t care what it is really that keeps me hooked, but I will always be hooked. With Gimme Some Oven’s recipe, I can not only make it at home, but I can skip the fried guilt.
Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs | Pillsbury
Yes, again. Pillsbury, man–I love Pillsbury. These little bites of heaven will be a hit at your next party. They are fast, budget-friendly, and you eat it on a stick–every food is better on a stick.
Pretzel bites | Life A Little Brighter
You could go straight to Annie’s and wait in a long line while watching the worker behind the counter twisting that dough to perfection, but who has time for that? These quick pretzel bites not only will knock your socks off, but you also might never buy pretzels again. #justsaying
Emily Parker, one of the Sweatpants & Coffee managing staff, sent me two Pin reviews from her stash. These are what I would call “tried and tweaked” pins!
Original Pin: Spicy Seafood Shell Appetizer | Book Cooking
Emily’s Tried and Tweaked: Seafood Tarts
Tweaked notes: Spicy Seafood Shell Appetizers–I used puff pastry shells instead of phyllo and added twice the hot sauce and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper. These also reheat in the microwave nicely, but only need about 20 seconds to be hot. They are most definitely not diet-friendly, but they were SO good. They taste exactly like crab rangoons, but they’re baked and not fried.
1.5 cups mayonnaise
2/3 cup grated swiss cheese
2/3 cup grated (fresh) parmesan cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
20 drops (or to taste) Sriracha (hot sauce)
1 can shrimp, drained
1 can crabmeat, drained
12 pastry shells (2 boxes): I used the frozen dough kind that is pre-scored for coring.
Bake the pastry shells as directed, minus 5-7 minutes. Once they are puffed and almost done (just starting to turn golden), pull them out, core them, fill them, then replace the tops and bake for another 5-7 minutes to heat the filling. The oven should be 400 degrees if you’re using dough other than the above, such as phyllo or wonton wrappers.
For the filling: Combine the mayo, cheeses, onion, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. After combining, stir in the crab and shrimp. Add a healthy pinch each of salt and pepper and stir in.
Tweaked Notes: I added a dash of horseradish to the Dijon and sauerkraut, after pressing the moisture out of the sauerkraut. Mmm! This is more of an “eyeball it” recipe than an official one. They were great, if you like Reuben sandwiches. I had a box and a half of frozen pastry sheets (3 sheets), so I used all three. It made way too many. Each sheet makes 10-12 rolls. Sorry for the unattractive photo; they were my “test run.” These smelled SO good and were really tasty, and after my test run (which is, sadly, what this picture is of) were much more attractive.
Frozen puff pastry sheets
Shredded Swiss cheese
Deli-sliced corned beef
1 egg, beaten
Caraway seeds (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay pastry sheet flat. In a small bowl, mix 3-4 tablespoons of the mustard with a dab of horseradish to taste. Slather mixture on the roll. Next, put a layer of corned beef slices, and then a layer of shredded Swiss, then a layer of sauerkraut. Before using the sauerkraut, drain it in a colander and then press the rest of the moisture out with a paper towel.
Roll the pastry up into a big roll. I used toothpicks to hold it together while I sliced. Slice it into 1/2″ thick slices. Lay the slices on their side on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with the beaten egg and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Don’t those just make you want to become a football fan? If not just for the food? Have fun this weekend watching the sporting teams do the sports thing! Go, team!