Monday, January 26, 2009

Go Cards!

If you're pulling for the Arizona Cardinals in this year's Superbowl, then here's a little extra help in creating the ultimate Superbowl Party Spread.

Tastes & Treasures, a cool little story-filled cookbook from the Historical League of Tempe, is actually loaded with simple yet impressive recipes like Halibut with Penne and Basil Pesto. Obviously, this dish should be saved for another night, but here are some party ideas and recipes that are sure to impress guests and keep the crowd cheering.

Tamales Tamales Tamales. Serve different kinds of tamales, like Green Tamales and Homemade Chicken Tamales and let guests select their own toppings like Ancho Cilantro Vinaigrette or Cherry Chipotle Sauce.Other delicious entertaining options include:
Wild Game Chili
Duck Cakes with Spicy Nopales Salsa
Mexican Bean Dip (recipe follows)
Cowboy Caviar

Mexican Bean Dip
1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded white Cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tomato, chopped
1 green bell pepper or jalapeno chile, chopped
1/2 cup sliced black olives

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spread the beans over the bottom of a 9- or 10-inch quiche dish or pie plate. Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning mix in a bowl and spread over the beans. Sprinkle with the cheeses. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with the tomato, bell pepper and olives. Serve with tortilla chips.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are all astounded in AZ that the Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl. My husband had season tickets in the beginning and he could not give them away. Now people are paying thousands of dollars to see them and Phoenix is so excited. We are having a speaker on Friday, January 30 at 10 am at the AHS Museum in Papago Park, Tempe. Mack Gilchrist is a Football Official........after 37 years in the business he is still active. He has been working with the PAC 10.......Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Sometimes with Arena Football and knows all the ins & outs of Rules and signals. For the benefit of those who love football and those who have to put up with it.....this should hold interest to everyone.
There are some really good recipes in the cookbook as well as interesting history. The Cowboy Caviar on page 180 is a favorite. Past President of the League, Bonnie Newhoff, served it at a Christmas party and the men loved it. And it is so easy to make.