DO YOUR JOB!
Hello fantastic beasts!
Fall is here for us north hemispherians, and Football season is on!
[Happy Spring for all the rest of the world! Bye, bye cold, snow and winter blues for all of you! Woooohoooo]
Today I wanted to share our favorite “football food” recipes, which the kids love to make and eat: nachos, quesadillas, homemade salsa, and mozzarella sticks.
The mozzarella sticks we buy frozen and just pop them in the oven and then dip them in marinara sauce.
But we like to make our nachos, quesadillas and salsa from scratch!
The are very easy to make! It all takes 20 minutes top and then we all run to the living room where we pretend to love football as much as B-Dad does. 🙂
This is his favorite time of the year and he really enjoy when we all watch the games together [or at least pretend to watch them ] even if the kids and I end up doing something else like playing video games on their phones or blogging on my laptop 🙂
BUT because our habitat is in New England, home of the mega, super, all mighty, football dynasty, New England Patriots, we do proudly sport their gear and [when they win, like they did yesterday, in the last 30 seconds! O.M.G! WHAT.A.GAME!] go around bragging as if we are indeed as much of fans as B-Dad is. 🙂
To make the quesadillas all you have to do is to saute chopped tomatoes, peppers and vidalia onions [which are super sweet!] for a minute , add some cilantro and your favorite pre-cooked and frozen meat [shredded chicken or pork, beef, grilled steak, etc.]. Then you put flour tortillas in the grill, and stuff them with this mixture, shredded cheddar and grilled them until they are golden and the cheese is melted.
To make the nachos we layer corn chips with chopped veggies [tomatoes, red onions, peppers and cilantro], pre-cooked meat and shredded cheddar. The secret of our nachos is:
- We cover the chips with lotsa of shredded cheddar so the chips don’t get soggy with the juices of the veggies and meat.
- We broil each layer separately so each layer is golden and crunchy.
- The last layer is lotsa of shredded cheese broiled until golden and then
- Topped with more of same veggies for extra crunchiness and freshness.
Our homemade salsa is wicked famous! Our secret? Here it is…
- Fire roasted tomatoes and a pinch of brown sugar for a smoky, “all day cooking” flavor
- Very sweet and firm cherry tomatoes for a “omg crunchiness” 🙂
- Fresh lemon, lime and cilantro, because nothing says “homemade” like fresh herbs!
- To place the ingredients in the food processor or blender in a very precise order for the perrrrrrfect consistency.
- To use PULSE and never, never EVER use any other speed in the blender!!!
It is as easy as just dumping all the ingredients in the blender BUT it has to be IN THIS ORDER PEOPLE AND NEVER use anything other than “pulse” because then you’ll liquefy the ingredients! and EWWWWW!
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
Don’t you mess up with my famous salsa recipe PLEASE! 🙂
First goes half red onion, then a quarter of a pint of cherry tomatoes, then a hand-full of cilantro and last a small can [or a cup and a half] of fire roasted tomatoes. Squeeze half lime and half lemon, add about half teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of brown sugar and PULSE as many times as needed so all ingredients are finely chopped BUT not liquefied!
And enjoy with chips! OMG this salsa is SO GOOD!
What about you?
Do you have a favorite sport and food for this season?
TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!
Thank you for visiting!