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By NORA SWEAT
On February 1, 2009, Super Bowl XLIII will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Over the past years, the Super Bowl has become the most-watched U.S. television broadcast of the year. Even people, who don’t like football, will be watching NBC when the time comes for the toss of the coin. In addition, it is the second-largest U.S. food consumption day, after Thanksgiving. According to Domino’s and Pizza Hut, Super Bowl Sunday is one of their largest sales days.
For those of you planning a get together in Tampa Bay, in front of your TV in Elizabethtown or in other parts of Hardin County, don’t let the size of this all-American holiday intimidate you. Invite your guests early and serve snacks and sodas.
I have gathered recipes I think you and your guests will enjoy. The first recipe is similar to one I have prepared, but is a much larger quantity. The fact that you use purchased items in the recipe makes it even easier. I found it in the Feb. 1, 2009, Woman’s Day magazine. The last three recipes are from cooksrecipes.com. You may want to check that Web site for other occasions, too.
Nora Sweat is a Hardin County native and a retired home economics/family and consumer science teacher. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at The News-Enterprise, 409 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701.
Mexican Layer Dip
1 19-ounce can black beans
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon minced garlic
Reduced-fat sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions
Tortilla chips Mash the black beans and add lime juice, chili powder and garlic and mix well. Spread into bottom of medium glass bowl. Layer purchased guacamole, salsa and reduced-fat sour cream on top. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese (reduced fat would cut the fat gram count) and chopped tomatoes and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips. Yum. Baked Pecan-Chicken Wings
1/2 cup pecans
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
12 chicken wings
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup steak sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
1 tablespoons packed brown sugar Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pecans and flour in blender or food processor; blend until finely chopped. Dip chicken-wings in egg, then coat with nut mixture. Place on rack in baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.
Combine steak sauce, soy sauce, green onions and sugar in small bowl. Serve chicken with sauce for dipping. Makes 12 appetizer servings. Crispy Cheddar Potato Skins
6 large baking potatoes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided use
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup chopped peeled red onion
1 pound ground turkey
1 packet Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup water
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream, optional
1/4 cup chopped green onion, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pierce potatoes with fork. Lightly coat potatoes with about 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and salt. Place in oven and bake thoroughly until skins are crispy, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out half of potato, making sure not to break the skin on bottom. Set aside removed potato for another use.
In a large skillet, with remaining oil, over medium heat, sauté onion until tender and add the turkey meat, seasoning mix and water; cook thoroughly. Place a small amount of cheese in the bottom of each potato skin. Top with turkey mixture and additional cheese. Return to oven until cheese is completely melted. Serve hot as desired with sour cream, salsa and green onion. Makes six servings. Little Smokies
1 8-count package refrigerated bread sticks
1 16-ounce package smoked cocktail sausage links
assorted mustards for accompaniment
Open and separate bread stick strips. Use a rolling pin to lengthen each a little bit; cut strips into 2-inch pieces and wrap around each smoked sausage link. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with desired mustards. Makes about 50. Bacon Rolls
1 to 1 ½ loaves sandwich bread
1 medium onion, chopped
1 to 1 ½ pounds bacon
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 medium green pepper, diced
Trim the edges off the bread and cut into strips of three per slice. Combine cheese, onion and green pepper. Spread on the strips of bread. Then roll a half slice of bacon around each. Bake at 350 degrees about an hour. Drain on paper towels