Crowd Pleaser Grilled Shrimp Guacamole Tostada Bites

Grilled Shrimp Guacamole Tostada BitesTwo of my favorite things are grilled shrimp and guacamole – combined here in a cute little package. Who wouldn’t want a whole platter of these sitting on a coffee table within arm’s reach on Game Day? Or pretty much any day?

These little bites can be thrown together in just minutes. You could make the recipe even easier if you used purchased guacamole and round tortilla chips. I used flour tortillas cut into circles and then sprayed lightly with oil and baked for a few minutes. Super easy = Super Bowl, no?

And who doesn’t love guacamole? Make our roasted guac, or use your own favorite recipe. Guacamole is one of those things that I rarely make the same way twice. Really hard to mess up! After I made these, the hubs and I ate the WHOLE platter for dinner. These are crowd pleasers, for sure. Consider yourself warned!

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Spicy Superbowl Scotch Eggs with Sriracha Mayo

 

Superbowl Scotch Eggs with Sriracha Mayo Stitches

Superbowl Scotch Eggs with Sriracha Mayo Stitches

I made Scotch eggs for the very first time just a few weeks ago, using a recipe from Melissa Joulwan’s outstanding cookbook “Well Fed” and was immediately struck by how much they resemble adorable little footballs. A roommate suggesting finding a way to put stitches on them, and a Superbowl recipe was born. As an entree, one ‘football’ per person would totally suffice, but if you’re having a lot of munchies during the big game, half an egg per person is probably plenty – they’re very hefty little numbers.

I mixed up Melissa’s recipe to make it a little spicier and added some sriracha mayo (shown just as stitching here; you’ll probably want a little more to dip). The mayo was also from “Well Fed”, and the sriracha was Nom Nom Paleo’s homemade fabulousness, but feel free to use any you like and have on hand. Game on! …

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Superbowl Specials Series: Cajun Chili Cups

I should state straightaway that I am NOT ordinarily a football fan at all – most years I don’t even know who’s in the Superbowl until after it happens, if ever. But this year, a friend of mine is absolutely ecstatic about the fact that the New Orleans Saints are playing, as he’s been a loyal fan his whole life (a Louisiana native) and this is apparently their first time making it all the way! I also happen to adore New Orleans and hope to go back there many more times in my life, for so many reasons, not the least of which is the cuisine.

So this is my tribute to Chuck and his beloved Saints. It’s somewhere between a chili and a gumbo, and I hope Cajun purists don’t balk at my machinations. …

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