#SundaySupper: Easy Football Food Ideas for Game Day

It’s here! It’s here! Football season is here!

College football games started this week and the professional games start next week.

I’ve got my Fantasy Draft on Wednesday – I really need to do some researching!

I’m a little nervous about how to handle this sports season being on the West Coast for the first time. I guess it’s a good thing the boys have me up early! It’s also going to be strange seeing the TV Guide filled with a bunch of schools I’ve never watched or potentially never even heard of! It’ll be harder to find those SEC schools I so badly want to watch, so I’m definitely grateful there’s an SEC Network on which I can watch my Tigers.

To help kick-off the season the tastemakers at #SundaySupper have put together a fantastic menu of easy game day recipes for your next tailgate or couch-gate. A big thank you to Coleen of The Redhead Baker for hosting this fun event!

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon a few years late, but I’m sharing Buffalo Cauliflower Bites today!

Cauliflower is one of those veggies that we simply avoided. And honestly, I’m not sure why. Even when it’s provided on those party veggie platters, I skip over it for its friend Broccoli. It’d been bugging me so I forced the issue and bought a head of cauliflower to have in the “veggie train” at my son’s birthday party.

I did try it. And really didn’t have much of an opinion on it. It’s fairly bland. And I still prefer broccoli. At least raw.

So what to do with the leftovers? I’ve been dying to try the cauliflower pizza crust but decided to go an easier route. Take the post popular way to prepare cauliflower for cauli-haters: buffalo it!

My husband was beyond skeptical. I told him I was making it and that was that. He said, “Okay. I’ll try it, but I probably won’t eat it.” Guess what? He not only ate it, he’s asking for it again! And so am I.

This recipe will feed 4 people.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients:

  • 4 C cauliflower florets
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 3/4 C water
  • 3/4 C buffalo sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Whisk together flour, garlic powder, salt, and water. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet, allow the excess coating to drip off.
  3. Bake cauliflower for 20 minutes.
  4. In a measuring cup, combine the buffalo sauce and butter. Pour over the cauliflower. Bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

*This recipe is adapted from Gina at http://www.skinnytaste.com/spicy-buffalo-cauliflower-bites/*

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#SundaySupper: Big Game Day Recipes

Are you ready for the big game next weekend? I am! As an Auburn graduate I am a huge Cam Newton fan. Seriously, love that man (and his smile)! Not only is he an incredible athlete but he is a man making a difference in his community and in the lives of children. Even though he did leave Auburn to go to the NFL after taking us to a National Championship victory, he returned to Auburn in the off season to finish his degree. War Eagle, Cam!

But I digress.

If your team didn’t make it (my main team allegiance is the Chicago Bears) that doesn’t mean you can’t gather with friends and watch history in the making. Besides, there are always commercials and the half-time show if you don’t care about the game itself. And if none of that appeals to you, just show up for some good food! The Sunday Supper crew has a wonderful variety of recipes to create the perfect game watching menu. Thank you to T.R. Crumbley of Gluten Free Crumbley for assembling the team!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for chicken wings. To me, wings are the ultimate football watching food! (Well, that and some sort of dip.) Chicken wings aren’t hard to make at home either. Especially when you can do them in the slow cooker! Whaat? Yes, it’s true! The trick is popping them under the broiler right before serving to get them crispy. These particular wings are cooked in a Thai-inspired peanut sauce. I then garnish them with cilantro, lime wedges, and chopped peanuts. Delicious.

(P.S. Happy Birthday, Mom!)

Slow Cooker Thai Wings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp chili paste, to taste (I used Gourmet Garden stir-in paste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed (I used 1 tsp Gourmet Garden chunky garlic stir-in paste)
  • 2-4 lb chicken wings, tips removed and wings split
  • cilantro (I used Gourmet Garden lightly dried herbs), for garnish (optional)
  • limes, for garnish (optional)
  • chopped peanuts, for garnish (optional)

Steps:

  1. Lightly grease the bowl of your slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili paste, and garlic. Adjust chili paste to taste. Pour into slow cooker.
  3. Add the wings and toss to coat all the wings in the sauce. Cook on LOW 2-4 hours.
  4. Place cooked wings on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil on HIGH for 3-5 minutes, until crispy.
  5. Garnish with cilantro, lime, and peanuts if desired.

*This recipe is adapted from Rachel at http://followinginmyshoes.com/my-recipes/sweet-n-spicy-slow-cooker-wings*

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#HotSummerEats: Garlicky Hot Wings

HotSummerEatsWelcome to day two of #HotSummerEats hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

Today’s recipe is the “hottest” one on my menu. I am highlighting the Garlic Goodness hot sauce created by the Intensity Academy. Intensity AcademyThere is so much flavor in this hot sauce – if you like garlic and you like a bit of heat do yourself a favor and order a bottle of this garlicky goodness. And then use it to make some wings!

I’d never made wings at home before and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to try yet was always too intimidated to do. Having to break up the wings made me nervous. When we were living in Florida, Stuart’s amazing friend, coworker, and adventurer teammate made the best buffalo wings. And now that we’re in Ohio I’m out of luck and need to make the wings myself! I’d watched David break down the wings enough times to feel confident that I could give it a shot. (That didn’t stop me from asking the butcher at Kroger if he could break them up for me. Apparently it’s against the law for them to process the packaged chicken any further. Boo.)

David does it right – he fries the wings then tosses them in buffalo sauce. I opted to bake my wings. I could pretend it’s so they’re healthier but really, it’s because I’m lazy and don’t want to deal with a pot of hot oil. To tell you the truth, these baked wings can’t compare to the fried version but I would definitely do them again! What I liked about the method I found for baking wings was that these wings get tossed in the sauce before they make their way under the boiler then brushed with extra hot sauce when they’re hot out of the oven. This method of baking the wings ensures that they’re full of flavor and still have that sauciness you associate with fried wings. (If you want extra sauciness, divide the sauce in half, toss the wings in one half of the sauce before baking and then toss the wings in the other half when they’re fully cooked. To do this with the Garlic Goodness you’ll need to buy two bottles or make half of the wings.) Feel free to fry the wings if you wish and toss them in this garlicky goodness.

Garlicky Hot Wings

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken wings, tips removed and wings split to give 12 pieces
  • 1/2 C garlic hot sauce
  • 6 tbsp butter

Steps:

  1. Remove wings from the refrigerator and place in a bowl or resealable plastic bag.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the hot sauce and a pinch of kosher salt.
  3. Pour sauce over wings and toss to coat completely. Allow wings to marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat broiler to high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  5. Place wings on baking sheet, shake off some of the marinade, and broil 12 minutes. Flip and broil another 12 minutes.
  6. Melt 1/2 tbsp butter and mix with 1 tbsp hot sauce. Brush cooked wings. Serve hot.

*This recipe is adapted from http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-buffalo-wings-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-211577*

Garlicky Hot Wings for #HotSummerEats from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Thank you to #HotSummerEats sponsors BenBella Vegan, Caribeque, Casabella, Gourmet Garden, Intensity Academy, Not Ketchup, Out of the Weeds, Pirate Jonny’s, Quirk Books, Spicely Organics, T.Lish , and Voodoo Chef for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for#HotSummerEats without additional compensation. All opinions are my own

#SundaySupper: Picnic

Picnics. Now there’s a word that means something different to everyone. You might not have thought that before, but think about it.

Do you think of a romantic meal for two on a blanket in a meadow? Maybe sandwiches on the beach? A backpack meal on a hike?

For me, picnic is almost synonymous with family reunion.

Every year my dad’s family has a huge reunion in July. My grandparents came to America from the Dominican Republic along with many cousins from their generation. We rent out a park space and everyone comes together. Much of the family is still in the Chicago area so that’s where we all convene. Growing up we would always travel back to spend the Fourth of July at my mom’s parents lake house in Lake Geneva, WI and spend time with my dad’s parents in Illinois, ending our vacation with the family picnic.

Everyone is assigned a category of food to bring based on last name. Except for my aunt – she’s required to bring her 7 layer dip. And my mom used to be “the candy lady” – she’d buy huge bags of candy (and those giant pixie sticks) and all the kids would love her for it. All the kids are grown up now so she still brings a little something but it’s definitely not to the scale she did when we were younger.

It’s a wonderful gathering of family and I hope to make it this year! Now that I’m an E last name I think I’m supposed to bring veggies instead of salad. Maybe I’ll find some great ideas from the rest of my Sunday Supper family.

A big thank you to T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley for hosting this event. For more fun picnic ideas scroll past my recipe!

When I think picnic food I think hotdogs and macaroni salad. Stuart doesn’t like macaroni salad so I thought I’d try something new to tempt him. We were having people over for grilling and this spicy version was a huge hit! I used veggies typically served with buffalo wings – celery and carrots – and added tomato to cool it down a bit. Be warned: this macaroni salad gets spicier the longer it sits!

Buffalo Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 C uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 1/4 C finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 C finely diced celery
  • 1/2 C finely diced carrot
  • 3/4 C diced tomato
  • 3/4 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

Steps:

  1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the mayo, buffalo sauce, vinegar, garlic, and chili powder.
  3. In a large bowl toss cooked pasta with the veggies.
  4. Coat pasta salad in as much dressing as desired. (I only used about half of the sauce)

*This recipe is inspired by Whitney at http://littleleopardbook.com/2012/05/29/whats-for-a-side-spicy-buffalo-macaroni-salad/*

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