It's game day, bitches! To start, here is my all-time favorite picture of the Steelers.
Anyway. Time for some more recipes. Up first, the Spinach Dip. It's super easy.
2 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonaise
1 packet Knoll's vegetable dip pack
1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts, sliced
3 green onions, diced
1 box (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
Mix all the ingredients together. I like to serve it in a pumpernickle bread bowl - use the bread you cut out to create the bowl as the dipping pieces.
Stromboli. I freaking love this stuff. Like I said, it's a recipe I snagged from my mom. It's pretty easy and people tend to love it. First up, you make the dough:
5 cups flour
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup oil
1 packet dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Knead it together (or, get excited, and use the dough hook on your KitchenAid stand mixer). Place it into a greased oven-safe bowl and let it sit to rise for 2 hours. The trick here is to preheat your oven to the lowest setting, then turn it off and put the dough in there for 2 hours (covered). This ensures the temperature is right but doesn't "bake" it. The first year I made it, I didn't know I should turn the oven off and I ended up with a crust on the top. It made for a texturally weird boli.
After the dough has risen, you punch it down and split it in 2 halves. Spread it out on 2 (large) cookie sheets. Lay out the fillers. The fillers are a 1/2 pound of each of the following: hard salami, provolone, pepperoni, mozzarella, and boiled ham. I get it all from the deli counter, though it is possible to get it pre-packaged. I just like the fresh deli counter stuff better for this. Feels more authentic. Then top with mustard and oregano (there are actually amounts in the recipe, but I just eyeball it). Bring the sides up to wrap the filling, spread some milk on top, then bake it at 350 for 40 minutes.
Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the finished products. Of anything. People started showing up and I was way distracted. But trust me, everything was delicious. I got tons of compliments on the chili, and the cake balls were destroyed. I thought Christina Aguilera (honestly didn't even catch the lyric flub) did a pretty good job. The halftime show was terrible. The commercials were pretty awful, except for the one where they showed all the different tv characters in various NFL team gear. I enjoyed that one more for the blasts from the past than anything else. And even though the Steelers lost, it was a really good game that definitely kept me on the edge of my seat (or kitchen counter, where I was perched all night long).
And now, I'll leave you with the only other commercial that I actually enjoyed...
*all photos without source code are personal