Welcome back to another annual American tradition! Super Bowl 51 has arrived. Personally, I’ve always been in it for the food, commercials, and the half time show. Every year, someone explains to me the ins and outs of football… and every year I forget the information as quickly as I had received it. To be fair, typically there are some adult libations involved so I share half of the blame with that little detail.
Since I’ve not had much time, and last year I posted a tad too late, I am reposting last year’s amazing spread that I had concocted along with a fabulous dish from my fabulous friend, Alana. Alas, Alana has remained in Beijing and I am now in Portland, Oregon but I miss her daily, as I miss throwing and hosting parties with her, our tipsy IKEA adventures (click on it for that incredible story), and our weekly “The Goodwife” dates. This one’s for you, girl!
“Super Bowl 51 – Food for the football Gods and you!” 9 amazing appetizers for the big day that are more than guaranteed to satisfy your crazy crowd. Have you been wondering what to serve other than plain chips and plain sliders? Well, here is your answer and some! There is no way, and I mean no way, that these 9 appetizers will not only be crowd pleasers but have people, dare I say it, at times almost forget about the game. Ahh! Crazy! Sacrilege! Don’t hate me. Promise, you will thank me later when you are rolling your guests out the door with their ever-so-content bulging bellies. And yes, those bellies will be food & beer bellies, no doubt. So, start makin’ your list and sortin’ out next Sunday. Go ______! Insert team of your choice. 😉
The list: (Click on the colored link to bring you to the recipe’s page)
Holy Sh#& Nachos! This is maybe the best thing in the entire world. Featured on Food Gawker!
Classic Guacamole. Great to top the nachos with AND for an awesome dip!
Lentil Sloppy Joes To Die For! Make these into sliders for game day.
Cheesy Mushroom & Onion Pizza. Serve as slices or small square bites.
Classic Creamy Mac n’ Cheese. Serve in large slices or as small bites in cups.
Easy Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas. Serve in small triangles.
Classic Hummus. Honestly, when and how could this ever not be a perfect app? Serve with pita chips, pretzels, veggies, whatever! Make in 5 minutes!
Parmesan & Artichoke Dip. A super creamy and 5 minute dip that can be served with the same options as the hummus!
Mediterranean Pita Platter. Throw some of the already made hummus on here, plus some other easy & quick do-dads, and done!
Tofu Scramble Italian Style is a scramble that I make quite often. Tofu scrambles for breakfast are one of my ultimate favorite meals. This particular morning, I had yet another snow day. Mind you, I now live in Portland, OR so it baffles me that as of today, we are on our 5th snow day! I’m convinced that when I moved back from Beijing the weather system got confused upon my arrival, and with me landed New York’s classic winter weather (I am from Long Island, NY so I am quite accustomed to the beauty of snow days). This being said, I finally had some time to spend in the kitchen again. It was about 6:00 in the morning on this fine Tofu Scramble Italian Style day that I decided to break out the camera and for the first time ever, actually write down my recipe. Fast forward a few hours and I was drinking sparkling wine with Pom juice in front of the fire with my pjs on. Not too shabby! I fully intended on making the most of this day.
Tofu Scramble Italian Style is loaded with flavor and delicious ingredients. However, like I always say, use what you’ve got in the fridge first! If it is not exactly what I have on my recipe card, don’t fret. Get creative and throw in ingredients that you already have opened and get crackin’! Waste not! In my particular scramble on this fine and snowy day I used artichokes, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, veggie sausage, arugula, small white beans, garbanzo beans, onion, garlic, and herbs. These are the ingredients I had floating around my refrigerator. I put my usual toast on the side: vegan cream cheese, avocado smash, and veggie bacon crumbled on top. A coffee and some water and that was me… done! Needless to say, I was both stuffed and super satisfied for hours! As soon as I could get off of the couch that I had become one with, that is the time I decided to crack the bubbly. It was an amazing day and I loved having extra time to play with my wee man, Greyson. If you have a snow day or any morning with a bit of time, give the Tofu Scramble Italian Style recipe a whirl. It will not disappoint! Mangia!
- 1 brick firm tofu-drained and squeezed dry
- 1 small yellow onion- diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic- diced
- 1 large veggie sausage link-diced. I use Tofurkey's Italian Sausage. Beyond amazing!
- 1 Tbl capers
- 4-5 marinated artichoke hearts
- 3 Tbl diced marinated sun-dried tomatoes- diced
- 1/2 a can of small white beans (not to be confused with cannellini beans-though you could substitute with these) and garbanzo beans combined
- 1-2 handfuls of arugula
- oregano to taste
- basil to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil for pan
- Heat the olive oil in the pan and then add onions. Sprinkle with salt. Cook for about 3 minutes
- Add the garlic, stir, and cook for about a minute more
- Take the brick of tofu and squeeze it through your hands so it crumbles into the pan. Add herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook and occasionally stir for about 3-5 minutes
- Add the sun-dried tomatoes and veggie sausage and stir for a minute
- Add the capers and artichokes and stir for a minute
- Add the beans and any additional herbs, salt and pepper. Stir for a minute
- Add the arugula and stir in. Let scramble cook, occasionally stirring for 2-3 minutes.
- If I happened to have had olives, I would've used them as well.
- Feel free to top with vegan or regular Parmesan cheese for serving.
- Serve with bubbles and Pom juice