Sunday, January 22, 2012

Game Day Recipes

This year, I've been trying different recipes out for our Patriots' Game Days.  Today, I seemed to score a touchdown with the dishes I served for my Patriots family and Ravens friends.  I have to admit, I'm no egomaniac, but this stuff was AWESOME.  Here are some great recipes to try for your Pro-Bowl or Superbowl parties.


1 lb. bacon cooked & crisped
1 C. mayonnaise
1 C. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1 tomato, seeded and chopped OR 1 can diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed with water
1/2 C. chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese in a bowl until thoroughly combined.  Crumble bacon into mixture and stir.  Add shredded cheddar, green onions, and tomato, and mix well.  Pour into a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbling.  Serve with Fritos or other corn chips.  As my niece said, "Full of bacony-cheesy goodness!"

Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket with a Tangy Sauce

1 pkg. (8 oz.) crescent rolls (ie. Pillsbury)
1/4 C. Steak Sauce (ie. A1)
1-2 C. shredded cheddar
1 pkg. (16 oz.) beef hot dogs
Poppy seeds, to taste
1/4 C. barbecue sauce
1/4 C. mayonnaise
4 tsp. dijon or spicy mustard
1 tsp. yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Separate crescents into 8 triangles.  Brush each triangle with a bit of steak sauce, sprinkle a bit of cheese over it.  Place one hot dog over the wide end of each triangle.  Roll up and place seam-side down on greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Meanwhile, mix all remaining ingredients until well blended.  Cut each "pig" in half and serve on a tray with a bowl of the sauce on the side.  Yummy!

Collard Greens and Artichoke Dip

1 10 oz. pkg. frozen collard greens, thawed and well-drained
1 jar (6.5 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 C. Mexican-style finely shredded four-cheese blend
3/4 C. mayonnaise
3 cloves of garlic, put through a garlic press
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce (we use Frank's Red Hot)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a baking dish.  Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.  Serve with Ritz crackers.

As my Hubs would say, we had some "Gud Fud" today.  I hope you all enjoy these dishes as much as we all did today.  A good game day was had by all.  The Ravens gave the Patriots a real run for their money and made for some splendid (and heart-attack inducing) moments.  So happy my team will be going to the Super Bowl!

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