Typically weekend posts are reserved for brunches and breakfasts here in the Macheesmo universe but I felt the need to post a massive appetizer dip for “The Big Game” tomorrow.
Here’s the thing with this dip: It’s colorful and actually not terrible for you. It’s mostly vegetables!
Of course, if you do what I did and eat it all by your damn self then it sort of defeats the purpose because you all of the sudden housed an entire bag of chips.
Anyway, this sucker is great at room temperature or chilled so make it whenever you want and serve it up to guests. I like to serve it on a large flat dish so you don’t have to dig a lot to get to the good stuff.
Apparently the NFL is suing people who say “Super Bowl” so everyone is referring to it as “The Big Game” this year.
I’m not exactly sure why the NFL cares if people say the actual game name. I’m not a lawyer though so who knows.
Personally, I think it’s a bit silly. It just makes people walk on eggshells and gives people a reason to vilify the organization even more. By the way, this definitely doesn’t break the top two reasons to vilify the NFL, which are, in order:
All of that said, I will of course be watching the game this weekend because how could you not? I’ve never lived in a city before with a “Big Game” team so I’m excited to see how it plays out.
I’m far from confident that the Broncos have it under control. As with all sports though, I hope it’s a good close game and nobody gets injured.
Slow Cooker Sliders- If you’re in need of a game day appetizer this weekend, it doesn’t get much better than these little guys. The nice thing is that you can make them well in advance of the game and they really only get better as they marinate in the slow cooker! (@Zak Blog)
Blue Cheese Buffalo Bites- If I saw these at a party, I think my first reaction might be to scoff at their ease: bread rolled with buffalo sauce and blue cheese? But, then I know I would eat two plates of them… (@ Recipe Girl)
It’s a rare day that I make something that Betsy simple won’t try. This was one of those days.
Her reasoning, which I don’t necessarily agree with but understand, is that I took two of her favorite things (tater tots and nachos) and essentially destroyed both of them and she refused to participate.
I saw it a bit differently. After all, it’s all the rage these days to make totchos which are traditional nachos but with tater tots. This recipe originally started as that, but then I figured I could take it a step further and do a taco salad, but with tots.
It’s sort of a classy meets trashy Tex-Mex dish that is surprisingly delicious even if my wife boycotted the meal on principal!
It turns out that the thing your salad was missing is tater tots.
Oh, what’s that? You’re not used to seeing a Pig-Out Scale on recipes?
That’s because you haven’t seen the first cookbook written by my blogging friend Dan (Food in my Beard). Dan and I have a long blogging history together that goes back damn near five years and wouldn’t you believe it, he beats me at almost every blogging milestone. This includes, of course, the first fully published cookbook.
Jealous? A bit. But, I’ll give credit where credit is due.
His book, Stuffed!, is a hilarious ride through the mind of a food genius. All of the recipes in the book are stuffed with things. When I first read it, my mouth just kept dropping more which each recipe. It’s a wild cookbook.
The recipes span the range from easy to I-will-never-try-that (turducken), and have a wide range of items on the pig-out scale. I was inclined to make something a bit higher on the pig-out scale so I chose these little beauties. Surprise! They were amazing.
Read on to see how to make them and also Enter to Win a Copy of STUFFED!
I’ve been watching a fantastically funny series on Netflix called An Idiot Abroad. Essentially, it’s a travel show (think No Reservations) except instead of a well-travelled, well-spoken guy, it’s just a normal dude from England. Ricky Gervais tells him he is going to go travel the world, but behind the scenes sets it up so that he will almost certainly have a horrible time everywhere he goes.
It’s a hilarious show on it’s own, but the bloke who is doing the traveling is a funny guy and I’m learning to say words like “knackered,” “bollocks,” and “crumpets.”
I have a stressful weekend ahead of me. I’m filming a short trailer video for my cookbook coming out in TWO (2!) months. Don’t worry, you’ll be hearing a lot about it in the next few weeks but I don’t feel the need to start really yapping about it months before it comes out.
Anyway, I’m working with a director and a food stylist to make a short video to really show off the premise of the book and we are filming it all on Monday which means I’m spending most of the weekend prepping for the shoot. I’m making lots of dishes in various stages, trying out different props, and generally just driving myself crazy.
No poll this week because I’m knee deep in cooking delicious leftovers!
The Importance of Family Meal- Some version of family meal (feeding those you are working with or care about) is why I started really learning how to cook. I also still remember the family meals from when I worked in restaurants. You can judge a lot about a restaurant by the quality of staff meals they produce. (@ Ruhlman)
Honey Fried Chicken - I’m thinking about making some great fried chicken for the Super Bowl next weekend and this is ranking high on my list of recipes I want to try. (@ Eat the Love)
Chemex Coffee- To be honest, I’ve seen these little things popping up all of the place and never been that intrigued by them. I make a decent pot of coffee in my french press and have a system down that works for me. That said, if you are curious about this new system, this is the easiest write-up I’ve read on how to do it. (@ Turntable Kitchen)
This Week’s Meal Plan
This week’s meal plan features one of my favorite citrus flavors: lemon. It’s a great trick to take an average dish and make it outstanding.
You can sign up now for Macheesmo Meals and get a free week to try out this plan and the others (there are now around 25 total) and see if you like them!
This is an updated post from the Macheesmo Archives!
I’ve never at all had a problem eating vegetables. In fact, I usually crave them. That said, I do have a few friends (Hi Scott) that absolutely will not touch vegetables. Especially green ones that rhyme with Choccoli.
For those people that do not under any circumstances eat vegetables, let me introduce you to something: The Broccoli Gratin.
I don’t understand how anyone could not like this dish. It is cheesy and delicious! If a broccoli-hater were forced to eat this blind-folded, I imagine they might say: “Oh wow. That tastes like pure cheesy Heaven!” And then they would open their eyes and see all that green and probably pretend they don’t like it, but secretly sneak some into their backpack.