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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Post Super-Bowl Munchie Fest

Indianapolis was the center of the universe this past weekend.  It is strange how one game of football can inspire such subculture. People wait all year for this one football game to go all out, some even buying new tvs, couches, and grills to accommodate the event.  There are super bowl themed everythings; stores have superbowl sales and specials. And then there is the food. OH the food, there are party trays of finger foods, frozen appetizers, chicken wings of every variety, crackers and chips and marvelous dips, and cookies and cakes, meats and breads.  There are even cookbooks written specifically for "game day" cooking, (and marketed towards men.)  It is a sub culture of excess and indulgence, where sitting on the couch with your buddies and gnawing on wings and swilling beer is encouraged. Iiiiiiiiinteresting. 

I certainly have nothing against wings and beer.  In point of face, they are one of my favorite things to munch when watching certain things (stanley cup). But wings have been done to death and until I find a really extraordinary new way to do wings, you will not see them on this blog. So I was going to post the recipe I made for the super bowl party I attended, but it didn't seem to get many rave reviews.  Since I strive only to post the BEST recipes I try, this one, for Hawaiian meatballs, is going on the chopping block.  If anyone wants it, I will oblige. There are, however, many other bite sized yummies in my repertoire, and I think that in honor of all the sports-themed gatherings we are a part of as Americans in the 21st century, it would be an appropriate avenue to explore.
So here goes with the first one, and one of my all time favorites:

Veggie Pizza

1 can store-bought crescent rolls
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
assorted veggies diced (i use broccoli, carrots, peppers, cauliflower, and black olives, but use whatever you fancy, just as long as they are good RAW)
1/2 tsp dill
2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Preheat the oven according to package instructions on the rolls.
Unroll the dough in one long piece, do not separate at perforations, and place on a baking sheet or jelly roll pan.  Bake for approx. 10 min, until just golden brown, do not over bake. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Meanwhile, mix cream cheese with dill and garlic, and chop veggies, I usually go by 1/2 inch or less bits with this dish and you will see why.
When dough is cool, spread an even layer of cream cheese over the surface, go all the way to the edges.
cover the cream cheese mixture with all the chopped veggies, laying them on as thick or thin as you want, press to assure they stick. Cut the pizza into bite size squares and serve, (this is why the veggies must be cut small, you want a little bit of everything on each piece.) This can be eater either at room temp or chilled in the fridge for an hour or so.  Either way, its great. Simple, delicious, vegetarian, and yes, even a bit healthier than some of those deep fried game day snacks.

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