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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Superbowl Party Recipies

Today is Superbowl Sunday so that means about 25 guys all giving me their undivided attention, at least when it comes to food and snacks. On the menu is venison chili, homemade buns, crudite tray, cheese tray, mexican layered dip, several snack type items, mulled apple cider, . Since there are a couple of recipes to be posted today, I'll keep the chit chat to a minimum.

Mexican Layered Dip
recipe by: Garden Gnome

2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
1 -2 tbsp miracle whip or mayonnaise
2-3 tbsp taco seasoning
4 - 5 tbsp homemade salsa (or store bought)
1 - tbsp homemade taco hot sauce (recipe in earlier entry)
2 large leaves of lettuce, chopped fine
1/2 small onion, chopped fine
1/2 medium tomato, chopped
8 - 10 olives, sliced (optional)
3/4 c grated cheddar cheese
nacho chips

Mix first two ingredients then add taco seasoning to taste. Spred the mixture evenly in a 8" X 11.5" casserole pan. Spread a thin layer of salsa and taco hot sauce. Layer with lettuce and vegetables. Top with shredded cheese. Serve with nacho chips.

PS. three of the other wives sent similar versions of this dish so we did have a lot! There certainly are a lot of versions of this dish.

Basic White Buns (ATM or Kitchen Aid)
recipe by Garden Gnome
1 2/3 c milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp organic honey
2 tsp sea salt
4 1/3 c unbleached flour (+extra 1/3 c if necessary to get right texture)
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Use a breadmaker or mixer to knead the dough. Divide into about 15 balls. Set ball onto a cookie sheet. Cover and allow to rise until doubled. Bake at 400ºF convection heat for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350ºF convection bake until buns are golden brown.

Spiced Apple Cider

1/2 gallon apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
4-6 whole cloves
dash of nutmeg

Put the cider and spices into a medium size slow cooker. Allow to heat until hot then serve. You can put the spices into a cheese cloth bag if you would like but it really isn't necesary.

Note: I'm not sure what it is about hot apple cider but seriously I can only drink one cup without it affecting my vocal cords.

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