Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Food

Yesterday was the Super Bowl and my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers. Sadness.

Fortunately, we had some tasty treats to help deal with our sadness. First, though, I am going to share our pre-game day treats.

We did a lot of errands this past weekend and Saturday afternoon we were near Bethel Bakery. Would we pass up a chance to get some treats from our favorite bakery? No way. We got some cupcakes:The green grass sprouting on top the yellow icing makes me laugh. And marvel at the patience of the decorator who made those individual blades of grass:My favorite player #43 adorns the chocolate cake with chocolate icing cupcake! Yay!Some mini yum yums, of course. This time with 'seasonal' black & gold sprinkles:The tops got a little squished. Oopsy.

Tasty Saturday night treats. No - we didn't eat all 6 cupcakes and 8 yum yums on Saturday! They're to enjoy during the week.

On to game day. Our menu:

Vegetable Tray with Parsley Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Chipped Ham BBQ

Vegetable Tray:

Carrots, celery, cucumber, and red & green pepper with my mom's parsley dip.

Parsley Dip
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon lemon juice
chopped onion (we omitted)

Buffalo Chicken Dip:

I first tasted this dip when my friend BB brought some over when we got together to watch a Penguins game. To my surprise, I really liked it. I normally do not like hot/buffalo type dishes. It turns out he used the same recipe as the recipe posted at Brown Eyed Baker. We cut the recipe in half.

SP shredded 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (we cooked them in the oven) and mixed the shredded chicken with 6 ounces of Frank's Hot Sauce:

I heated 8 oz cream cheese and 8 ounces ranch dressing until smooth:We poured the cream cheese-ranch mixture over the chicken, sprinkled on 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese, baked 30-40 minutes until bubbling, and enjoyed!Here's a spoonful on my plate:We enjoyed the dip with tortilla strips. We also served some of our nephews' Cub Scout fundraiser popcorn that we bought from them!
Chipped Ham BBQ

We've never made Chipped Ham BBQ. It seemed like a good Pittsburgh dish for the Super Bowl. I called my dad for his recipe. His response to my request for the recipe:

some ketchup
some beer
some brown sugar
some soy sauce
some chopped dill pickle
chipped ham

I pestered him:"But didn't grandma make this? Isn't there a grandma recipe somewhere?" Nope. That's dad's version and he just eyeballs it all and tastes it until it tastes 'right.'

So I started Googling Chipped Ham BBQ recipes and then I remembered that we have a Three Rivers Cookbook so I consulted it. In the end, we decided to make a BBQ sauce based on our 'BBQ sauce knowledge' from all the chipped ham BBQ recipes we found and past BBQ sauces we've made. SP made the sauce and here's his rough recipe:

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup beer
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
~1/2 tbsp soy sauce (in deference to my dad)
dash liquid smoke
dash Tabasco
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 green onions chopped (about)
finely chopped kosher dill pickle

It tasted yummy!It could have been a bit wetter (saucier) for my taste, but other than that, it tasted just as good as my dad's version.

There was a cake for dessert, but I'll save that for another post.

1 comment:

  1. That buffalo chicken dip looks amaaaaazing!
    I like the new header, too! :)