This Sunday millions of people will tune in to watch the big game between two deserving opponents. But it isn’t just the football that makes this event so enjoyable; It’s the company, the commercials and, let’s certainly not forget, the food. Christine Sorg, RDN, CD, Parkview Sports Medicine, pulled together a few of her favorite recipes that score big with friends and family.
Sweet Onion, White Bean and Artichoke Dip
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small Vidalia or other sweet onion, chopped
1½ teaspoons sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 15-ounce can artichoke hearts in water, drained
¼ cup rehydrated diced sun-dried tomatoes
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, sugar and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
- Add the mixture to a blender or food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth, but thick. Serve with your favorite crackers, chips or bread.
Grill Master’s Chicken
1 cup olive oil
1 head of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash of sea salt
Dash of black pepper
- Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Then marinate chicken for a couple of hours in the fridge to soak up all that garlicky yumminess. Bake, grill or pan-fry to cook and enjoy.
Creamy Jalapeno Cheddar Dip
1/4 cup water
1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped
6 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen spinach*
1 whole jalapeno (sliced)**
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil water in a shallow pan; Add chopped cauliflower once boiling and cover. Steam cauliflower until softened, about 3-5 minutes.
- While cauliflower is steaming, grate cheese and set aside.
- Spoon cauliflower into food processor or high-powered blender and add Greek yogurt. Mix cauliflower, Greek yogurt and frozen spinach until smooth. Add grated cheese, jalapeno, garlic powder, paprika and salt
- Pour mixture into shallow baking dishes or ramekins. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Serve with your favorite chips or vegetables.
*Frozen spinach should thaw and become soft when added to the hot cauliflower, but you can warm it up before adding it if you'd like.
**Adjust amount of jalapeno to alter spiciness. You can also use canned jalapenos.
The Best Tailgate Sliders
For the patties:
2 pounds lean ground beef (95% lean)
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons applesauce
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon onion soup mix
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon chipotle chili pepper (may substitute chili powder)
18 1x1-inch slices of Brie
18 King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls (or slider buns)
2 apples, sliced very thin
1 bag spinach (red heirloom spinach is a great option)
- In a large bowl, using your hands, mix together all ingredients for the patties. Measure out 2 ounces of beef for each burger and shape into a patty, about 2 inches wide and about ½-inch thick.
- You may broil, grill, or pan-fry the burgers. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and cook burgers over medium heat about 2 minutes per side, or until pink in the middle. When you flip the burgers, top the cooked side with sliced Brie.
- To assemble the burgers, add 2 thin slices of apple to each bun, followed by 2-3 spinach leaves and cooked burger patty.