Saturday, February 1, 2014

Quick and Easy BIG GAME FOOD!

clockwise: Mini Taco Bowls, Jalapeño Poppers, and Loaded Baked Potato Rounds

Looking for something to make for the BIG GAME? The beauty of these appetizers is they're quick and easy! The following aren't really recipes as much as they are loose guidelines (variations of these are all over Pinterest). You can add more filling/less filling, etc. etc. It's like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - some people like it light; some people like it loaded!

Mini Taco Bowls 
soft taco shells (you can get two bowls from one shell)
refried beans
shredded cheese
(optional: cooked hamburger, guacamole, sour cream, green onions)

Use a bisquit-cutter or large-mouth cup to cut two circles out of each taco shell. Press the rounds into a greased muffin pan to form mini bowls. Mix refried beans with salsa (add cooked hamburger, if desired), then fill each taco shell mini bowl with a heaping tablespoon of the mixture. Top with shredded cheese. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes (or until cheese is melted and inside is hot). Serve as is or with guacamole, sour cream, and chopped green onions.

Loaded Baked Potato Rounds
olive oil
bacon (cooked and crumbled)
green onions
shredded cheese
(optional: sour cream) 

Cut potatoes into thin slices. Lay across a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and your choice of seasoning. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the potato rounds, and bake for 15 minutes more (until rounds are soft). Remove from the oven and add shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, and green onions. Return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream.

Jalapeño Poppers
cream cheese
a few jalapeños (seeded and diced)
bacon (cooked and crumbled)
a tube of crescent rolls
shredded cheese

Mix the diced jalapeños with the cream cheese. Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate at perforations. Cut each triangle in half (width-wise) and spread it out a bit (shape doesn't have to be perfect). Add a heaping teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture, sprinkle with bacon crumbles and shredded cheese. Pull the bottom of the crescent roll dough up all around and pinch shut to keep the filling in. Set pressed side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.

And, If cooking isn't your thing at all, pick up one of our football veggie trays! The work is all done! Don't forget - Super Bowl SUPER SAVINGS are in effect through SUNDAY! Click HERE for details!

Enjoy the GAME!
-The Grocer's Wife