The playoffs are here! Us New Englanders sure know how to celebrate a victory.
But before we get too cocky, lets focus on what we’re going to munch and sip on during the big game on Saturday evening. I know we’re on a New Years cleanse and that our father who art in heaven a.k.a Tom Brady would frown upon us if he knew we weren’t following his Paleo diet, but if there are any excuses, the Pats are it.
Bellichick Dip (Buffalo Chicken Dip)
1 package of softened cream cheese
1 cup cooked chicken breast (chopped or shredded)
½ cup buffalo sauce
½ cup ranch or bleu cheese dressing
2 cups of shredded Colby-Monterey Jack Cheese
Celery, Tortilla Chips, or Corn Chips
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the cream cheese into a 1qt baking dish. Layer the chicken on top of the cream cheese, followed by the buffalo sauce and ranch/bleu cheese. Spread the cheese on top for the last layer, and bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes.
Pairs well with: Jimmy G Jell-O Shots
Just look at that smile. Oh sorry, ingredients (makes 12 shots):
1 package of Jello
1 cup of boiled water
½ cup of cold water
½ cup of vodka
Directions: Boil cup of water. Empty the jello powder into a mixing bowl and add the hot water. Stir until Jello is dissolved. Add the cold water and vodka and mix all of the contents. Divide into 2 oz cups and fill about ½ way. Refrigerate overnight.
Bob Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Balls
1 package of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. flour
½ cup milk
½ cup sour cream
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar
Directions: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook the macaroni and drain. Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat, add in flour and stir for 1 minute. Add in milk and continue to stir for an additional minute. Add the cheese sauce and stir for another minute. Remove from heat. Add in the macaroni, egg, sour cream and ¾ cup of the shredded cheese and mix well. Put the mixture into 12 muffin pan cups. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for 15 min.
Pairs well with: Wormtown Be Hoppy
LeGarrette Blount BLT Sliders
8 slices bacon, broken in half
16 small pieces of lettuce
8 cherry tomatoes, slice inhalf
12 slices sourdough bread, cut in 4 squares
Directions: Put mayo on one side of one piece of bread, putting the dry side down. Use this as the bottom layer. Top with lettuce, tomato, bacon in that order. Put mayo on one side of another piece of bread, and place it mayo down on the top. Stick a toothpick in the slider to hold together. Repeat 15 times and dig in!
Pairs well with: Sam Adams Boston Lager
Edleman Eggplant Parm Bites
2 medium eggplants
1 cup of marinara sauce
2 cups of Italian style breadcrumbs
1 cup of flour
¾ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Vegetable oil for frying
Directions: Peel the eggplants and dice into 1 inch cubes. Place the cubes into a bowl and add a few pinches of salt. Drain for several minutes. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk the eggs. In another bowl, add in flour. Coat each eggplant cube first with flour, then eggs, then Parmesan breadcrumbs. Add three inches of oil into a pot set over medium heat. Once heated, add in the eggplant, turning until they are golden brown on all sides. Add the completed eggplant cubes to a baking sheet and garnish with parsley. Serve with marinara dipping on the side.
Pairs well with: Wicked Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink up, eat up. Go Pats!
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