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01 February 2015

MENU 49

If you’ve opted to be entertainer for this years Super Bowl, I applaud you for your gumption. If you’ve planned on staying home for your comfort, that’s fine too. To me there’s nothing like your own (“If you know what I mean”). Regardless of how you’ll be spending your evening one things for certain. You will be eating! Your uncertainty however lies in the notion of what exactly to eat. For me starving’s not an option so I’ve taken the liberty of creating a menu for the game. Hence the title MENU 49.

“Food glorious food, oh tell me what should I do?!”

As my mind was churning and my tummy groaning, I decided that I’d prepare an item that I loved and an item I always wanted to try. At the end of it I had three items for the game.

Fried Spicy Wings

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INGREDIENTS
Spicy Chicken Seasoning Ingredients:
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon lemon-pepper
12 whole chicken wings, cut in 1/2 at the joint
Spicy Chicken Batter:
2 eggs
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil, to fry
Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
Spicy Dipping Sauce:
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons horseradish
1/4 tablespoon chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS
Spicy Chicken Batter:
In a small bowl whisk together seasoning salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, cayenne pepper, poultry seasoning, and lemon pepper. Reserve 2 tablespoons in a separate bowl.

Rinse chicken wings in cold water and place into a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle the wings evenly with the seasoning, and let them marinate, covered and chilled, for 1 hour.

Whisk eggs, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and cayenne pepper into a medium size mixing bowl. Reserve. Put the flour into a shallow dish or pie plate.

In a large deep-fryer or large Dutch oven heat oil to 350 degrees F on a deep-fat thermometer.

Dredge chicken wings into the egg mixture then into the flour. Place wings 3 at a time into the hot oil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray. Make sure oil returns to temperature before adding the next batch. Sprinkle the wings with the reserved seasoning for extra hot wings.

Serve with dipping sauce.

Spicy Dipping Sauce:
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Then Serve.

Cheesy Potato Wedges

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INGREDIENTS
Fries
4-6 Potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
Sea Salt, Fresh ground pepper, your favorite seasoning salt
Ranch Sauce
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup ranch dressing (you may use a half of a ranch packet in emergency)
1/4 cup milk
Toppings:
1 cup (or as much as you like) Shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup real bacon bits
1/4 cup green onions

DIRECTIONS
Cut potatoes into “steak french fries” size.
{I like them thicker…but that means it will also take a little longer to cook than skinny ones.}
Place on foiled baking sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss with tongs.
Sprinkle salts and pepper over the potatoes.
Bake 400 for 40 minutes or until fork tender
Ranch Sauce
In a bowl whisk sour cream, milk and Ranch dressing or packet.
Smooth out 3/4 of the sour cream sauce on a large platter.
Place hot potatoes on sour cream sauce.
Drizzle remaining sour cream sauce on potatoes.
Sprinkle on toppings.
Place under broiler for a few seconds to melt cheese.

Meatball Sliders

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INGREDIENTS
For the Meatballs
1 pound lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 egg
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons bread or cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
For the sauce:
1 cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoons oregano flakes
For the Sliders
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into thirds
12 dinner rolls
12 slices provolone cheese

DIRECTIONS
Mix together all ingredients for the meatballs. Set aside.
Cook bacon in a 10- to 12-inch skillet over medium heat until cooked crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate for later use.
Using a tablespoon scoop or spoon, form meatballs from the ground beef mixture. Drop into the heated skillet, turning occasionally to ensure that all sides of the meatball have been browned, about 7 minutes.
Add tomato sauce and oregano to the skillet with the meatballs and reduce heat to a low simmer. All to simmer for about 5 minutes while assembling the slider rolls.
For the Sliders
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Place dinner rolls on a sheet pan. Split open the dinner rolls and tuck a slice of provolone cheese inside. Add a slice of bacon inside the fold of each slice of cheese and then add a meatball. Spoon sauce from the skillet onto each meatball.
Place sheet pan of sliders into the oven for 5 minutes, just to melt the cheese.

Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Now that the food is done, you can kick back relax and have some grub!

*Photos and Recipes courtesy of The Food Network, Oh So Delicioso, and Add a Pinch.*

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