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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Dinner

Jalapeno Poppers

3 medium sized jalapenos
3 TBS cream cheese
2 slices of bacon

Preheat to 375 degrees
Slice jalapenos lengthwise and scrape out seeds and white membrane, unless you like the spice, then leave some of the membrane. 
Spread cream cheese into each jalapeno. I like just enough to fill to the top, but not mounded up.
Wrap with bacon and bake until bacon is crisp.

Obviously you can make many more if you like, but it was just the 2 of us and we didn't need a truck load!
These were delicious!!! 

Potatoes Au Gratin?
These were not your traditional Au Gratin, it was more of a potato cake, maybe?  Anyways. 

5 Red potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/16 of an inch thick.  Break out your mandolin, you will need it.
3 generous TBS of horseradish cheddar cheese spread, softened
salt and pepper
sprinkle of paprika
3 TBS bacon bits
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat to 350 degrees
After slicing potatoes layer in a single layer on bottom of greased pie dish.  I did it in a big circle, then smaller and so forth.  I did two layers and then I would spread about 1 TBS of the cheese spread on top.  About half way through I added the salt, pepper, and paprika. Repeat with remaining spuds.
Bake for 50 minutes, cover with foil if the top browns too much. 
Remove from oven and top w bacon bits and grated cheese, return to oven 10 more minutes to melt.
Allow to cool before cutting. 

Here's a picture of the Potato thing after I sliced it.  Perfect little pie pieces, I put some ranch on top of mine. 

Behind there in the back are Feta Stuffed Mushrooms.  I've posted the recipe before.  They are a favorite at my house!

Boneless Chicken Wings

1lb BLSL chicken tenderloins
11/2 cups of hot sauce (I used Franks)
2 cups flour
salt and pepper
garlic powder
crushed red pepper
onion powder
oil for frying

Cut chicken tenders into small pieces, about 3 per tenderloin, and place in a ziplock, add hot sauce.  Marinade as long as you can, I did about 6 hours.
Heat oil to 350 degrees and remove chicken from hot sauce, discard remaining sauce. 
Mix flour and spices together, just eye ball it.  I use a lot of this and a little of that, whatever you like.
Dredge chicken in flour and fry in oil.  Took about 6 minutes each batch.  I did 5 per batch, don't over crowd.
Drain on paper towels and service with Ranch!  I mixed Ranch and some of the Franks hot sauce to make a "Cajun ranch". 

Apple Muffins

1 yellow cake mix
2 Granny Smith apples
2 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Splash of vanilla (1/2 tsp)

Preheat to 350 degrees. 
Peel and chop apple into very small pieces. It's not apple sauce, so don't get crazy. 
Prepare cake mix according to package directions, add chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.  Stir to combine.
Divide into paper lined muffin cups and bake according to package directions. 
If you want them a little sweeter add some brown sugar and butter to the top.  They were good either way. 

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