A New Spin on Super Bowl Appetizers

When I think of the Super Bowl, I think of the basics: burgers and hotdogs, chips and dip and chili. All of these things are delicious, but why not try to step it up a little bit this year? Here are some recipes that won’t leave you slaving away in the kitchen, but will leave your guests full, happy, and, most importantly, impressed!

Corn Muffin Chorizo Bites with Cilantro Lime Drizzle

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What You’ll Need:

  • Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 8 oz. Chorizo
  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • The Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 Tablespoons Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Preheat oven as directed on Jiffy Mix box. Spray mini muffin tins or tart tins with non-stick spray. Bake corn muffins as directed.

In the meantime, remove chorizo from casing. and sauté in a pan until fully cooked. drain fat from chorizo and set aside.

Once the muffins are fully cooked, but still hot, create small divots in the muffins. I used a turkey baster to poke the holes. Let the muffins cool and remove from the pans.

While the muffins are cooling, prepare the cilantro lime drizzle. Finely chop cilantro and mix with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Add olive oil and mayonnaise and whip the ingredients together.

Spoon chorizo into divots in the corn muffins. Layout chorizo corn muffins on a display tray and drizzle cilantro lime mixture over top. Pour cilantro lime mixture into a side bowl for extra dipping.

Enjoy!

Lemon, Cranberry and Pistachio Chèvre

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What You’ll Need:

  • 16 oz. Chèvre  Log
  • 10 oz. Jar of Lemon Curd
  • 1 cup chopped roasted and shelled Pistachios
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

Using an Electric Mixer, whip chèvre and with lemon curd. Once the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour mixture onto a plate and form into a nice round form. Mix pistachios and cranberries and evenly distribute over the top of the  chèvre mixture. Serve with crackers.

Enjoy!

Herbed Goat Cheese, Flank Steak and Roasted Red Pepper Crostini

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What You’ll Need:

  • 8 oz. Herbed Goat Cheese
  • 2 Jars Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 Thin Loaves of French Bread
  • 1 lb. Flank Steak
  • Flank Steak Marinade: Fresh Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt, Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Olive Oil

Thoroughly defrost flank steak. Generously rub pepper, salt and garlic Powder on all sides, making sure to fully cover the meat. Evenly pour about 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 Cup of olive oil over the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours.

In the meantime, Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the french bread into about 1″ slices. Brush olive oil on top and lay out on a cookie sheet. Bake bread until golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove bread and set aside. Slice roasted red peppers into thin slices and set aside

Turn grill on LOW and let heat up before grilling steak. Grill steak for about 10 minutes on the first side and 5 on the other side. I prefer my steak rare, but cook yours to your preference. Remove steak from the grill and let sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

In the meantime, begin assembling the Crostinis. Spread a generous portion of herbed goat cheese on each piece of toasted french bread and top with 2-3 thin slices of roasted red peppers. Once the Flank Steak has settled, slice very thin pieces going against the grain. Top each crostini with one slice of flank steak. Top with a pinch of freshly cracked pepper.

Enjoy!

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VOF Recipe of the Week

Vanilla Orange-Blossom Cookies

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These delectable treats are light and fresh with the taste of summer. They are the perfect two-bite treat on a summer night. And to top it off, they are a breeze to make! Enjoy!

Cookie Ingredients (Makes 4 Dozen):

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened,
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Orange food coloring

Cookie Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F
  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together into a large bowl
  • Cream butter and sugar together
  • Mix egg, orange extract, and vanilla extract into butter and sugar mixture, until you reach a smooth consistency
  • Slowly mix dry ingredients into the mixing bowl with butter and sugar until dough is completely mixed
  • Roll into 1/2 in balls and slightly  flatten onto a greased cookie sheet
  • Bake for 9 minutes
  • Let cool

Frosting Directions:

  • While cookies are cooling, mix butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract and orange extract together
  • Slowly add confectioner’s sugar to the mixture until you reach a smooth consistency
  • Add orange food coloring to reach desired shade and whip frosting until light and airy

Once cookies are cooled, use a piping bag to apply frosting in a circular motion. Add sprinkles on top for a bit of sparkle. Eat up!

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