Roasted Garlic Guacamole and Super Bowl Sunday

It’s that time of year again… Super Bowl Sunday!  For sports fans that means potentially one of the best football games of the year – though last year was a big let down.  If you’re not into sports, the day is probably more about the food and the commercials.  Whatever you’re looking forward to, we’re here to make sure your game day menu is delicious!

I’ve got plenty of cooking to do myself so I’m going to keep this short and sweet today.  I have a super-easy, super-tasty recipe to share with you today that is perfect for football munching…

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 Avocado
2 cloves Garlic, unpeeled
1+ tbsp. Lime Juice
2 tbsp. chopped Fresh Cilantro
1/8 tsp. Salt

1.  First you need to roast the garlic.  Put the cloves, still in their skins, in a skillet and turn heat onto medium.  Once that side is browned, flip the garlic cloves, continuing to cook until it is roasted on all sides.  Set aside to cool.

Roasted Garlic

2.  Once garlic has cooled, peel it and place it in a bowl.  (I use a molcajete, one of those giant Mexican stone mortar and pestles, and it works like a dream.)  Mash the garlic cloves using a fork or pestle.

3.  Halve and pit your avocado (see Tips for Cooking with Avocado) and scoop the flesh on top of the garlic.  Mash until fairly smooth making sure to mix in the garlic.

4.  Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and salt, and you’re done!  It’s generally best to make it about 30 minutes before you want to eat it to let the flavors meld.  If you’re worried about browning, put the pit in the guacamole and press plastic wrap onto the surface.

Guacamole

Serve with a warm bowl of tortilla chips.  If you’re looking to round out your menu, try pairing it with our**FIX** Garden Fresh Salsa or Southwestern Bean Dip.

This stuff is delicious on tacos and pairs particularly well with our Chipotle Stout Braised Beef whether it’s in tacos or empanadas.

Curious about what I’ll be serving today?  We’ll be enjoying Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, shrimp cocktail, crab rangoon, Tomato and Goat Cheese Tartlets, green bean fries, and zucchini chips.  YUM!

Want more ideas?  Take a look at last year’s Super Bowl post or check out these tasty appetizers and snacks that are sure to make your Super Bowl party a hit:

Maple Candied Bacon

Mac and Cheese Bites

Sausage Balls

Spanakopita Bites

Cinco de Mayo

 ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo (coming up on Monday), we’re posting a Mexican recipe roundup.  This holiday is a great opportunity to gather your friends and/or family to enjoy delicious food and margaritas!

Interesting fact about Cinco de Mayo: It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day (a common misconception).  It’s actually the commemoration of a battle in 1862 when the Mexican army defeated a much larger and much more well-equipped French army.  You learn something new everyday…

Mexican recipes

To help you plan your Mexican feast for Cinco de Mayo, we’ve gathered all our Mexican recipes below.  Enjoy, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

Drinks (Margaritas to be exact)

If you have pre-bought margarita mix, you should go ahead and get rid of that.  Classic lime margaritas are super easy to make – plus they taste better and have less sugar than that mix you’ve got in the fridge.  For a margarita on the rocks, mix 1 part lime juice (fresh-squeezed is best; if you’re using bottled lime juice, check the label – it’s not always 100% juice), 1 part tequila (look for 100% agave, I prefer reposado) and 1 part agave nectar (if this recipe is too sweet for you, cut back on the agave).  It’s so simple but so delicious!  If you prefer flavored margaritas, keep reading…

For a delightful tropical twist on margaritas, try our Pineapple Mango Margarita.  It’s one of my favorite flavors… everyone will love it!  You can also use all pineapple or all mango in the recipe if you want just a pineapple margarita or just a mango margarita.

Pineapple Mango Margarita

This Raspberry Margarita is a great fresh-fruit margarita.  I like raspberry margaritas more than strawberry because they aren’t as sweet.  I usually make these margaritas in the late summer when I can pick raspberries myself, but there are ripe raspberries available at grocery stores now to make this tasty beverage.

Raspberry Margarita

If you’d like a hybrid between and margarita and Mexican beer, try a Beergarita by mixing one can of limemade, 24 oz. Mexican lager, and 1/2 c. tequila.  This drink is very guy-friendly and less sweet than most margaritas.

Appetizers

Start you meal off with one of these dishes or use these as a snack food for a margarita party…

Make you own Garden Fresh Salsa and pair it with high-quality tortilla chips.  It’ll beat anything you could get from a jar!**FIX**

Garden Fresh Salsa

Or pair tortilla chips with our alternative to guacamole: Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

Main Dishes

If you’re planning a dinner party for Cinco de Mayo, check out these Main Dish recipes.  The amount of work required varies from very low for our marinades and spice blends to moderate for the tacos and enchiladas to high for empanadas.  You decide how much time you want to invest and how memorable you want your dinner to be.

Chicken fajitas (one of my favorite dishes growing up) are easy and flavorful with our Mexican Citrus Marinade recipe.

Marinating Chicken

For a delicious vegetarian Cinco de Mayo, try our yummy Blackened Tofu Tacos!

Blackened Tofu Tacos

One of my all-time favorite Mexican meals is Chicken Tinga Tacos.  They pack tons of flavor without requiring much work – a very impressive dish!

Tinga Taco

Braise beef in chocolate stout or chipotle beer to make savory Chipotle Stout Braised Beef tacos or empanadas.

Chipotle Stout Beef - Empanadas

Or try our rich but healthy Green Citrus Chicken Enchiladas smothered in avocado cream sauce.  So delicious!

Green Enchiladas

For a simple meal, use our Homemade Taco Seasoning to flavor beef or chicken tacos.  It’s much better and has greater depth of flavor than taco flavoring packets you get at the store.

Taco Seasoning

If you want a unique and memorable dish and don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen, try our Pork Empanadas recipe

Open Empanada

Side Dishes

Looking for the perfect dish to pair with our main dishes?  Try one of the recipes below…

My favorite side is this  Mexican White Rice Pilaf recipe.  It reminds me of the rice I got at Cozymel’s as a child…

Mexican White Rice Pilaf

For a more traditional dish, try our Mexican Red Rice recipe.

Mexican Red Rice

Or try a spin on a classic Mexican corn on the cob street food: Mexican Roasted Corn Salad dressed with Greek yogurt, cheese, cilantro, and lime juice.

Mex Corn Salad

Our Sweet Corn Tomalito recipe, a cornbread corn-pudding hybrid (and a Chevy’s copycat) is a sure crowd-pleaser!

Sweet Corn Tomalito

Hopefully these recipe ideas help you plan a delicious and festive Cinco de Mayo.  ¡Provecho!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

For those of you that haven’t heard, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day.  I don’t know why we have such a day, but I can’t object to a holiday honoring melted cheese…

If you want to join the celebration, try our Beecher’s Grilled Cheese!

Beecher's Grilled CheeseThis sandwich combines gooey cheese, bacon, and creamy garlic aioli for crispy grilled cheese perfection!  It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  National Grilled Cheese Day may just become your favorite eating holiday…

Wondering what to do with your leftover Beecher’s Flagship cheese?  You could always make more of these incredible grilled cheese sandwiches, eat it by itself (so yummy!), or use it to make our World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese.  Once you’ve tried it, you’ll throw out your old mac and cheese recipe and never look for another.

Mac and Cheese

If you’ve got a party coming up, you could also try our Mac and Cheese Bites.  These crispy, finger food-versions of macaroni and cheese make delicious appetizers!

Mac and Cheese Bites

Now that you’ve got cheese on the brain, you’re in the perfect mindset to enjoy the holiday.  Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Superbowl Sunday!

For us, Superbowl Sunday is almost a holiday.  You get to watch football (and you’d better get your fill since it’s the last football for almost 8 months) and it’s a great excuse to eat some tasty food and drink beer.  Even for those who don’t like football, you’ll hopefully get to see some amusing commercials and enjoy the halftime show while enjoying good eats with friends.

With the Superbowl just one week away, it’s time to start planning your menu.  For us, Superbowl Sunday is the day the appetizer/finger food reigns!  It’s great to have a spread that people can graze on throughout the game and doesn’t require silverware or plates.  If you’re looking for perfect gameday food, check out some of our recipes…

SW Bean Dip

Southwestern Bean Dip – This is an incredible and unique dip that is sure to be gobbled up by everyone.  Plus, it comes together in a matter of minutes! **FIX**

Garden Fresh Salsa

Fresh Garden Salsa – If you want to go a more traditional dip route, salsa’s a sure bet.  Homemade salsa definitely outshines the stuff in the jar and can be quite easy to make, just check out our recipe.  **FIX**

Baked Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls – These tailgate staples are a terrific game day treat!  They’re the perfect pop-in-your mouth size and are just plain yummy.  If you happen to have any leftovers, they’re great for breakfast the next day…

Salmon Puffs

Smoked Salmon Puffs – Smoked salmon is commonplace at potluck-style gatherings in Alaska.  This particular form is one of my favorite ways to eat smoked salmon.  Season smoked salmon and mix it with some cream cheese then stuff it in mini puffs… you’ve got heavenly bites.  These will disappear very quickly so make sure you grab one when the game starts!

Tartlets

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tartlets – If you’re feeling a little fancy on gameday, give these little beauties a whirl.  These tomato-basil-goat cheese tarts in puff pastry shells are incredibly savory.  They’re not difficult to make and are a sure crowd-pleaser.  Take one bite and you’ll understand why!

I’ll be making several of these dishes next Sunday plus some Maple Candied Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies and maybe some Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars and Mac and Cheese Bites made using our World’s Best Mac and Cheese recipe.  Can’t wait… YUM!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are thankful for the opportunity to share our favorite recipes with you.  And we are thankful for those of you who have helped our fledgling blog reach 3,000+ visits!  Many of you may already have your Thanksgiving menu set, but for those of you still looking for the perfect dish to complete your feast, check out our Thanksgiving-approved recipes below that are sure to please the crowd…

Appetizers
Tasty bites for munching while waiting for the bird to come out of the oven

Baked Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls: These appetizers are super-easy and super-tasty.  If you happen to have any leftovers, they’re great for breakfast the next morning!

Salmon Puffs

Smoked Salmon Puffs: These things will be gone before you can turn around!  Not a traditional Thanksgiving dish but they’re wonderful for passing around before the meal starts

Tartlets

Tomato Goat Cheese Tartlets: Another appetizer that won’t last long… and they’re vegetarian-friendly!

Breads
Homey recipes to serve along with your turkey and vegetables

Rustic Bread

Rustic Bread: This bread has great flavor and texture… and (the best part) requires almost no work on Thanksgiving, just mix up the dough the night before!

Corn Bread Pieces

Southern Corn Bread: If you’re making a cornbread dressing, you won’t find a better starting point than this savory recipe

Vegetables and Sides
The perfect dishes to pile on your plate with the turkey

Baked Brussels Sprouts

Baked Brussels Sprouts: A Thanksgiving classic, not to mention delicious and healthy! **FIX**

Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Roasted Smashed Potatoes: No Thanksgiving meal is complete without mashed potatoes, but if you’re looking for something different, give this mouth-watering potato recipe a try

Sauteed Chard

Sauteed Chard with Prosciutto: This is a great green to serve with your meal – even veggie haters will enjoy it!

Mac and Cheese

World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese: Maybe it’s because I was raised in the South, but we always had mac and cheese as a side at Thanksgiving while I was growing up.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better recipe for this dish…

Quinoa Mac and Cheese - Yum!

Quinoa Mac and Cheese with Spinach: A healthier version of mac and cheese made with a protein-rich whole grain and spinach

Desserts
Something sweet to ease you into that tryptophan coma

Pumpkin Poppers

Pumpkin Poppers: Not your typical pumpkin pie but they still have that wonderful seasonal flavor.  These goodies will get snapped up!  If any survive to become leftovers (unlikely), they make tasty, doughnut hole-like treats for breakfast the next morning

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Pumpkin Bread: A not-too-sweet addition to the dessert table that’s packed with pumpkin and spices

We hope these recipes will help improve your table this Thursday.  From all of us at The Sunny Skillet, we wish you a happy and delicious Thanksgiving with your family and friends!