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1/21/14

Hawaiian Chex Mix

Hawaiian Chex Mix

No matter who you’re going to route for this Super Bowl, we can all agree on one thing: game day foods are tres important. It’s crucial to have the nourishment to sustain you for hours of screaming, and enough carbs to soak up one too many beers. Game day food isn’t supposed to be good for you. It’s supposed to be highly addictive and fun. And that’s exactly what Hawaiian Chex Mix is.

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2/27/13

Colorful Goat Cheese Appetizers

Colorful goat cheese appetizer

Last weekend I was strollin’ the aisles at Costco and stumbled upon a 2-pack of 10.5 oz goat cheese rolls for like $5 bucks. So I bought the darn thing. Why? Because it was a good deal, obviously. Sometimes my food blogger brain makes me do crazy things.

Naturally Sam gave me the look while I was unpacking the groceries. But I promised him I’d make good use of it. All of it.

Colorful goat cheese appetizer

Luckily, I had a pretty fun idea in mind. While we were in Europe for our honeymoon, we had some of the best goat cheese. It was covered in different “toppings” from fig jam to herbs. Oh the French and their cheese!

Taking cue from this experience, I took a stab at making my own flavored goat cheese – in bite size pieces. Because bite size is always fun.

Colorful Goat Cheese Appetizers

My toppings included some traditional flavors – chives, dried apricots and dried cranberries – and one that was a little experimental: maple syrup and bacon. And the experiment was a total success. Then again, it’s not often that bacon is ever wrong.

I’m definitely adding this to my list of go-to party recipes. It’s super easy to make and so colorful. The best part? You can get creative with your own flavors and topping combinations.

Colorful goat cheese appetizer
 
Colorful goat cheese appetizer

… And in case you were wondering, I’ve used the goat cheese in several recipes like this Roasted Butternut Squash salad, but there is still half a roll left. Perhaps Sam was right this time…

Colorful goat cheese appetizer
Colorful goat cheese appetizer
Colorful Goat Cheese Appetizer

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Ingredients
Goat cheese, 5-6 oz roll
2 cups of various toppings, diced (ex: dried cranberries, dried apricots, fresh chives, cooked bacon)
Toothpicks

Instructions
Roll goat cheese into balls with your hands (get messy!) using about 1/2 a tablespoon of cheese per piece. Roll in desired toppings. For maple bacon bites, dip goat cheese in maple syrup before rolling in bacon. Insert toothpick and enjoy.

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1/22/13

Hot Wing Chicken Tarts

 
Hot Wing Chicken Tarts

My name is Marisa and I’m a foodie.I know it because I’m far more concerned with a game day menu than who’s actually playing in the Super Bowl. Turns out it’s the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.Yawn…You know what’s more exciting?

Saucy Mama Hot Wing Chicken Tarts

Hot wing chicken tarts!

Hot Wing Chicken Tarts

Now that’s something to cheer about. I first sampled this recipe at a Saucy Mama party this summer, and I’ve been waiting eagerly for an excuse to make it myself ever since. The key ingredient is definitely Saucy Mama’s Hot Wing Sauce. But the pastry shells and blue cheese certainly don’t hurt. 

Does it get better than one-bite wings without the sticky fingers? I don’t think so.

Regardless of why you love Super Bowl parties, you’ll love this perfect game day appetizer. And so will your party guests.

Hot Wing Chicken Tarts
 
 
Game Day Hot Wing Chicken Tarts

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Ingredients
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
½ bottle Saucy Mama Hot Wing Sauce
1 eight ounce package cream cheese
8 oz crumbled blue (divided in half)
24 small pastry cups, baked (Note: You can make you own, or better yet, purchase at your local bakery. They can also be found sometimes in the freezer section of your local grocer).
½ cup dice celery

Instructions
In a large zip lock bag coat chicken thighs with Hot Wing Sauce (let it soak up to 1 day). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken thighs in a baking pan, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until cooked through. Let chicken cool, then place on a cutting board and dice. Place diced chicken in sauce pan over medium heat and add cream cheese and ¼ cup blue cheese. Stir to melt cheese. Add more hot wing sauce to taste. Finally, spoon mixture into pastry cups and top with celery and remaining blue cheese crumbles.

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