As promised, I have a few easy, tasty eats to make for your gathering whether you are hosting or a guest. Since a football is often referred to as a pigskin, I thought I would go with a bacon theme.
The first- a BLT dip. It is an old farmhouse potluck standard, and although there are many variations, this one is the easiest and I think the most true to the sandwich. Not tough here (and also not easy on the arteries) but all things in moderation and besides it is the Superbowl.
1 lb. of good quality bacon
1 c. mayo ( I like Hellman's)
1 c. sour cream
2 tomatoes chopped (about 1 1/2 c)1 loaf white bread
Saute the bacon in a pan until it gets crispy crispy. Remove the slices and put on some towels, but save a tsp or two of the drippings (it is what makes it taste so good). Then, mix the mayo , sour cream, tomatoes and reserved drippings. If you have a hard time finding good tomatoes, use Roma or grape...they have a lot of flavor no matter where you live. Then toast up the bread in the oven on a cookie sheet and cut into triangles. Like a sandwich in a bowl.
Here is one a little more 'hi-brow". Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds. Easy too, these little nuggets of goodness even look like baby footballs.
24 large pitted dates
12 slices of bacon
4 oz goat cheese
24 unsalted toasted almonds
Preheat the oven to 500. Half the bacon and set aside. Place softened goat cheese in a pastry bag or a small plastic bag snipped on a side to make a tip. Take a pitted date, stuff with an almond and pipe in some cheese. Wrap a bacon half around the filled date and secure with a toothpick. Place on a cookie sheet and bake until bacon is crisp..about 6-8 minutes. Mmmmm, it is hard to just eat one of these.
Besides all the great commercials, the halftime show and the game of course, I do love the annual tradition of getting together with friends and family to bid a seasonal farewell to the sport...no matter who is playing.
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And for all you animal lovers out there....don't forget about Animal Planets Puppy Bowl V
These canines will make even the toughest sportfan go "Awwwww"