Friday, September 5, 2008

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again. Sitting in front of the screen and screaming for your favorite football team and cussing out the referee when he doesn’t make the call you expect him to make. Why aren’t there any women referees? I guess guys are afraid they’d keep the game fair. Ooooh.

Anyway, football is great to watch and great to eat by. You can chow down some store bought pizza, some heartburn hot dogs or a stale bag of popcorn. Or you can get ready for the game with some really great food to munch on. I say "munch on" because the secret to really great game food is small-size portions so that you can eat as much as you want and think you’re pigging out, but in reality it ends up being a regular size meal.

Bob helps me prepare the football feast early in the day, cause if the “Boys” are playing, I’m not about to be in the kitchen missing the game.

So, good luck with your team and have some fun. It’s that time of year when everyone’s a fan.

Here’s our Game Plan Menu:

This is so easy my daughter could make it.

Mini Jalapeño Cheeseburgers
(small yet filling, and so simple to make)

1 (10 count) package frozen biscuits
2 pounds ground meat
10 asadero slices
sliced pickeled jalapeños
salt and pepper to taste

Bake biscuits as per package directions. Slice each biscuit in half horizontally and set aside.Form 10 small hamburger patties from the ground meat. Grill patties on a stove top grill or an outdoor grill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Two minutes before removing from grill, top each patty with a slice of asadero cheese. Top the asadero with jalapeño slices.Place one patty on the bottom half of cut biscuits and replace the top. Makes 10 burgers.

Chile con Queso

½ onion, diced
6 roasted, peeled, and seeded long green chiles
2 jalapeños stemmed, seeded and diced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 can evaporated milk
10 to 12 ounces cheese (Monterrey Jack, Longhorn, or even Velveeta), shredded or chopped
1 tablespoon of bacon grease or shortening
Corn tostada chips, homemade or store bought

Sauté onions in bacon grease for about 3 minutes until translucent. Add long green chiles and jalapeños. Sauté another 5 to 6 minutes. Add chopped tomato and evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes. Turn down heat. Start adding the shredded or chopped cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted and bubbly. Serve with lots of tostadas and napkins.

Well, here, Bobby and I have to compromise again. I don’t especially like beer, and he doesn’t have wine too often, so we have both.

He gets Corona or Dos X’s and I make a pitcher of
Manzana Cocktails. (or chocolate margaritas, whichever I’m in the mood for)

1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 bottle chilled sparkling wine, like Prosecco

Combine first 5 ingredients in a Dutch oven and blend well. Add chopped apples. Stir and cover. Over medium-low heat, simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
Allow to cool then mash apples in food processor or by hand.
Place 2 tablespoons mashed apples in bottom of tall cocktail glasses and top with sparkling wine. Makes 6 glasses. And that makes me happy.

Dessert you say? Of course. But you’ll have to go to my chocolate blog to get the recipe.
Football Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies. Do you think the title is long enough, or should I make it longer? :) This is a recipe my mom gave me long ago.

Whatever team you’re rooting for, remember it’s just a game. Have fun and take advantage of the time you can share with your family. Hasta luego mis amigos/amigas.
Mexican word of the day: Budweiser
Your chica is so fine, budweiser face so ugly?


Debinhawaii said...

I'm not a huge football fan, but I'll come for the food--it looks delicious! Congrats on being in the Friday's Finest Foodies! You deserve it!

Adam said...

Great football spread Teresa! I hate to do this to you, but Buffalo is my Alma mater, and we kinda beat UTEP last week... I how we can still be friends :)

Anyways I am SO ready for football. I'm getting chills. It can change my entire day.

Love your budwieser joke... I'm going to tell my room mates that one :)

Meryl said...

Those cookies are so rad!

Congratulations on being featured in FFF! :)

ARLENE said...

Great menu, Teresa, though I'd eat it in front of a Lifetime movie, LOL. I like football IN PERSON, same for basketball, but hate sports on TV. Those endless commentators and instant replays. Your mini cheeseburgers are so cute. Sliders have taken over at area restaurants. I love sandwiches of any kind, so these would be a favorite, I'm sure.

Ivy said...

I don't like football but I like all the snacks you mention.

Michele said...

chile con queso is one of my guilty pleasures. I adore the stuff. Oddly enough Phil doesn't care for sports. It's taken me 3 years to get him to sit through a baseball game. He still can't get me to stay awake through am entire nascar we have some work to do. I usually make hot wings and chopped salad for the games. I'll have to give your menu a try. Maybe Phil will like the game more. :-)

Nik Snacks said...

LOL@ Budweiser. Oh how I love these.

All of your food looks great. I'm jealous. I didn't get to watch ANY football today. Only listen to some commentary.

I can't wait to make some food for the games tomorrow.

Esi said...

There is something about football that just makes you want to least that's the effect that football has on me. I love the sound of spicy mini burgers! Congrats on being an FFF :)

Foodycat said...

I am not a sport fan, but I will watch anything for a bowl of that dip!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks like a great menu! I am not into football AT ALL, but I would gladly suffer through to enjoy all these goodies!

Astra Libris said...

ooooh, your chocolate cookies are adorable, and your jalapeno burgers are positively brilliant!

Alison said...

I"m not a big football fan, but your menu sounds fantastic (as always!). I love your writing Teresa, you're amazing.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Love football, love your menu and ... here's a bit of a shock, considering I'm a New Yorker ... love them Cowboys!!!

I only wish I was having these treats while watching them win last Sunday.


Reeni said...

I would watch football if I could eat and drink all of those goodies!! I have an award for you on my blog. I hope you'll come visit me and claim it!