This week’s obsession: Superbowl Foods
"I am a strong woman who is capable of many things, but restraining myself around chips and salsa isn’t one of them."
Or any snack foods for that matter. Fortunately, I’m not much of a snacker so the only real time I encounter detrimental amounts of snack foods is when I’m at a restaurant. Or on Superbowl Sunday! Woohoo!! I don't know why, but I decided to go all out this year - I guess it’s kinda what I do now. In addition to the two desserts I made (I’ll get to those later), I also made my family’s recipe of spinach and artichoke dip, my own recipe of pigs in a blanket (not much of a recipe other than 1) buy the pigs. 2) Buy the blankets… but I did it.) and the man candy made my recipe of guacamole. Originally I planned to make oven baked buffalo wings, too, but that plan got scratched because some guests as my party offered to bring them. Score! Plus someone brought buffalo chicken dip, someone else brought fresh made pretzels with beer cheese dip, two other guests brought versions of tater tots, and another brought mini crab cakes! #SnacksAllDay I’m pretty happy about all of this diversity because the man candy and I decided to throw this party at the last minute even though we don’t really care about the teams in the Superbowl this year (GEAUX SAINTS!!) and only wanted to watch the commercials. But hey, our friends responded to the call and we all got lots of great food!
(Side note: I posted this photo of spin dip on my personal IG story with the caption: “prepping for Superbowl #GeauxSaints!” mostly because I’m super excited about this spinach and artichoke dip but also kinda mad about the Saints getting robbed these last two years. But then a dudebro™ I haven’t seen in years reached out to inform me that the Saints were not playing in the Superbowl this year. Boy, I am so lucky he explained my own joke to me because I was in real danger of believing it 🙄 #MansplainingSurvivor)
Now to the good stuff. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that we are in the midst of King Cake season. #ItsTheMostWonderfulTimeOfTheYear
So of course I needed to have one at this party, since really it’s all about the food. However, because of all the other stuff I needed to cook, I made what I call a “cheater” king cake. I call it cheating because I made it with canned biscuit dough instead of dough from scratch, and it’s more like monkey bread (please tell me if you have never had monkey bread before. I’ll be sure to make some and will bring it to you because this stuff is divine!!) than king cake. But it’s just as festive and tasty, and makes a really great addition to my food table!
Now for the main event. Lately I’ve been craving something with a brighter flavor profile instead of all the chocolate, cinnamon, and spices I’ve been working with lately. Fortunately I have the loveliest neighbor (see above!) who asked me early last week if I needed limes for anything. Since I was planning a Taco Tuesday dinner, I said "yes!" and rejoiced that I didn’t have to buy any limes for the margaritas. But she brought over some of the biggest limes I’ve ever seen! I sliced up several limes for margaritas, I juiced several of them to make a lime and cilantro crema, and I made a cabbage/lime/jalapeno slaw for the shrimp tacos and STILL had several limes leftover. So I knew just what to do - Lime Superbowl Dessert! And we all know how much I love cheesecakes, so here they are in all of their little cuteness: Lime mini cheesecakes with a graham cracker crust topped with Crème Chantilly and fresh lime zest (good thing I just went over ways of prepping fresh fruits and veggies last week, right?!) for some pizzazz.
It’s time for the tip of the week: Crème Chantilly. This deliciousness is made up of angel whispers and unicorn laughter, and should appear on all of your desserts that need a little oomph or fancy décor. It’s super simple to make - all you do is whip heavy cream (double cream for all of our British friends/thickened cream for our Aussie friends) with powdered sugar (my chefs taught me that for Crème Chantilly you use 10% weight for your powdered sugar - so if you’re whipping 100g of cream, then add 10g of sugar) and a tad bit of vanilla extract/and liqueur you have on hand and voila! You’ve just created the love of your life. And will probably promptly lick it. #ItIsWhatItIs Here's a short video of me piping the Crème Chantilly today with my new Russian piping tips - I'm going to have to write a blog or two about these piping tips because they're FANTASTIC!!
Ok major side note this time for all of my science nerds out there - have you seen this meme? The statement I just made about licking the love of your life (aka Crème Chantilly) made me think of this meme and I laugh every time I read it. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what all of the sciences are, just research them and I promise it will be worth it.
Anywho, I know we all have the game to finish watching, so I’ll let you get back to it, and I'll get back to my super awesome guests! But please drop me a line about what your favorite Superbowl foods are, savory or sweet! Either way I want to know!
Happy eating, y’all!