Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl . . .

. . . and super plates too--eating was what the day was all about. Super Bowl Sunday seems to be an excellent day for eating, whether we're going out or staying home. This year it was just Hubby and me at home; we spent a little time watching the game together and a little time watching the game apart when I wandered off with a full stomach to see if I could quilt a couple calories off--which is a nice delusion since quilting isn't exactly a fat burning, aerobic exercise.

I saw a story on the internet the other day about how main dish "cupcakes" are really hot now--they talked specifically about lasagna. So I thought we'd start off with pizza "cupcakes." These were really easy to make. I just browned a half pound of Italian sausage with a half pound of sliced mushrooms and threw in some chopped shallots near the end as well as some minced garlic. I let the mixture cool and added about 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, and 3 or 4 tablespoons of grated parmesan.


I used pre-made pizza dough (Winco and Trader Joe's both sell fresh dough) and flattened 12 small balls of dough, which I placed in the bottom of each cup of a muffin tin that I'd sprayed with cooking spray. I then divided the pizza mixture among the 12 cups and pushed it down so the dough rose up the sides a bit. I topped each cup with a very large pinch of shredded Italian cheese (a mix of parmesan and mozarella) and baked them at 400 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes until the tops were brown. Really yummy! I served these around the start of the game.

By half time, I had egg rolls ready. A woman I work with makes the BEST egg rolls, and I've been getting tips from her. These weren't quite as good as hers, but I'm getting better--this was the second time I've tried.


Finally, sometime in the fourth quarter, we had tequilla lime chicken wings with chips and guacamole.


Besides the yummy food, Hubby won a share of a football pool, so it was a pretty great day all around!

Speaking of winners, we picked a winner for the Rural Jardin charm packs and Mon Ami Schnibbles pattern--Sandy A, "Scottylover." Hubby picked a number and it turned out to be Sandy's. Congratulations, Sandy! Email me privately with your mailing address and I'll get your prize into the mail in the next couple days.

I hope you had a lovely Super Bowl Sunday--whether you watched the game or not. Sadly, another fine weekend is at an end and I'm off to get my beauty sleep.

9 comments:

luv2quilt2 said...

Your pizza cupcakes sound yummy. Sounds like they could make a quick tasty meal. Congratulations to the winner.

Jen in NY said...

Mmmm, good looking eats. Everything looks delicious!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Next year I'm coming to your house to eat!

ritad said...

Looks like next year your place is the place to be.. Especially since my DH is on a diet and eating around here was no fun on Super Bowl Sunday this year. BTW, can't wait to get your take on the quilt along today..you know the blogger's Block a palooza.. I've found it a very difficult experience.

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

The pizza cupcakes look so good!!!!!

Pam said...

I have an eggroll recipe from Allrecipes.com that I want to try. Supposed to be very good. Any tips?

AMKreations said...

Okay, now I'm hungry! I want to have a bite of those pizza cupcakes and the egg rolls! =) yummy!

scottylover said...

Those look scrumptious! DH make something similar with BBQ beef and cheese. These look even better!

Just saw I won! Thanks so much! I've sent my info to you in an email.

Woo hoo!
Sandy A

Pam said...

Thank you for sharing your tips! I finally made these today and they turned out great. I am home alone so no one to share with, but I am my worst critic, so they must be good!