Monday, February 06, 2017

Super Bowl LI party recipes

For anyone who saw my various posts on my party and wanted to know what I made:

This salsa is delicious and ridiculously easy to make and I can't believe I don't make it more often. It's smoky from the roasted tomatoes and the chipotle peppers give it a kick.

Guacamole (4 avocados, 1 red onion, 2 Roma tomatoes, 2 seeded jalapeƱos, 3 cloves minced garlic, 2-3 tablespoons cilantro, juice of 3 limes, salt to taste)
I doubled my usual recipe since we had 6 people. We ate all of it.

Chipotle bacon pimento cheese (from Sarah Sprague)
This pimento cheese is another recipe that I should make more often. It's also simple and delicious and great for a party or a picnic. I'll use the leftovers to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

BBQ Beef sandwiches from a Betty Crocker recipe
I wanted to do BBQ beef sandwiches. My father found this recipe online and I liked it because it had peach preserves for that Georgia touch. I browned the beef before I braised it, so it would have a little texture. I think mine had a little too much onion, and if I made it again I'd cook it in a Dutch oven in the oven rather than in the crock pot. 

Baja potato salad from The Border Cookbook
I've had The Border Cookbook for many years and it's always a great source of Southwest Tex-Mex recipes. I wanted to make a potato salad that would complement the sandwiches but with a little kick. The rice vinegar in this potato salad was just what I was looking for. I went for about two tablespoons of mild, minced pickled jalapeƱos so my version probably had less heat than the authors intended. But the tang of the vinegar worked really well. I'll make this one again. 

S’mores cookies from Betty Crocker
This recipe is one difficulty level higher than Rice Krispie squares but no less of a crowd pleaser.

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