Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl Eats

Hello!  Happy “day after Super Bowl” Monday!  This should be a work holiday, shouldn’t it? 

Although Hubs and I aren’t really that into football or Super Bowl, we love to eat like we’re big fans.  We always make fun stuff on Super Bowl (read: dips, chips) and this year was no exception.  But, we steered away from our usual cheesy dips (ie, cream cheese sausage dip or queso) and made some new-to-use dishes that were a hit. 

First on the menu – Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken.

I had some chicken thighs in the fridge that I needed to cook.  I really wanted to make chicken nachos with them (I always gravitate towards cheesy nacho-y things), but Hubs found this recipe on Facebook that sounded good.  In the crock pot mix 1 cup of pineapple juice, half a cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of soy sauce.  Stir it around, add your chicken – 2 lbs of it.  I used thighs, but the recipe called for tenderloins.  Chicken is chicken to me.  Turn on the crock pot and let it hang out for 6-8 hours.  Done.

(it doesn't look appetizing, but it was)

The verdict:  It was just okay.  I expected the chicken to be a little more flavorful.  I think the amount of water that cooked out of the chicken thighs may have diluted the marinade a bit.  Overall it was fine, but next time I would like to figure out how to make the taste a little stronger.

As a side item – because you must have side items for Super Bowl – we made garlic, parmesan potato wedges.  No, they don’t really go with “Hawaiian chicken”, but I’m a firm believer that potato wedges can go with anything.  This is another Tasty recipe Hubs found on Facebook that sounded too good to not try out.  They were super easy, here’s what I did.

Cut two large potatoes into wedges.  Coat with olive oil and half a cup of parmesan cheese. 

In a separate bowl mix a teaspoon of the following – Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika – and then salt to taste.  Mix together and dip the potatoes into the mixture.  Line up on a baking sheet skin side down.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. 

Now, some of my wedges were thinner and smaller than the others, so those sort of burnt to a crisp.  The key here is to make your wedges fairly meaty so that they don’t burn.  The big wedges were excellent, the smaller ones, not so much. 

And then dip them in ranch or ketchup or whatever you dip fries in.  Or nothing at all.  They were great just plain as well.

(they all look burnt, but they weren't - that's just the seasoning)
Overall, we did good on the food.  The game was pretty good (again, we don’t really watch football, so it was just meh), the half time show was great.  The Beyonce/Bruno dance off was fabulous!  

And today I'm rocking the Coldplay playlist on Spotify because I haven't really been into them since Viva la Vida (circa 2008).  Their stuff got much more "dance-y" through the years. 

And there weren’t any commercials that sang to me this year.  The only ones I can really recalling enjoying were the one with Kevin Hart where he was tracking the guy dating his daughter (not sure what it was for) and the one with Helen Mirren talking about how people who drive drunk are horrible “pillocks.”  Funny.  And true! 

The rest of our weekend was low key.  It rained from morning til night on Saturday, so we stayed indoors and did lots and lots of puzzles – Jillian’s new favorite thing to do.  Sunday was sunny, but uber cold, so we stayed indoors again and just ran around the house a bunch and did more puzzles.  Or rather, the same four puzzles over and over and over again.  

And you’re all caught up!  Hope your Monday is great!

How about you … What did you eat for Super Bowl last night?

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