January 23, 2014

So let’s chat parties.

I love a good party. The hum of conversation, the clink of glasses and the hysterical laughter over stories that shouldn’t be told in public—but inevitably are.

But girl, if you’re gonna have people in your house, you’re gonna have to feed ‘em. Which you already know isn’t my strong point. But if you love people, you gotta show it by filling their stomachs. So without further ado, here ladies and gents, is what I’m planning to make for my Super Bowl party!

First, a good playlist is a game changer, dolls. I just bought my dad the Garth Brooks 6-cd cover set from Walmart, so I borrowed it and blasted Garth for this little project. #Clutch

Habanero Chicken Bites

1 package low-fat cream cheese, softened

1-2 habanero peppers (mine were still green but I think they’ve got slightly less heat and the same taste when they’re green)

2 cans biscuit dough

A heavy handful of fresh cilantro leaves

2-3 ounces lime juice

3 (small sized) chicken breasts

Habanero Chicken Bites. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Habanero Chicken Bites. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

I threw my chicken on to boil while I started on the fresh ingredients (less calories than cooking with oil, but go with your preference). I chopped cilantro; de-seeded the peppers and diced them super tiny. Once the chicken is done, take the knife and the fork and shred it. Dump the chicken, cream cheese, lime juice, peppers and cilantro in a bowl and mix.

Habanero Chicken Bites. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Habanero Chicken Bites. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Take a miniature muffin pan and spray with olive oil spray. Crack open your biscuit dough and line each of the muffin cups. Using a spoon, fill each of the biscuit cups with the habanero chicken mix. A quarter-sized dollop of biscuit dough will spread over the top of each biscuit cup, or you can leave them open. Bake according to the directions on the biscuit dough. I served mine with a sweet chili dipping sauce that I picked up at Publix on the international foods aisle; ranch or salsa would also work.

Habanero Chicken Bites. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Habanero Chicken Bites. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

 

Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

I’m not even going to pretend that I was brilliant enough to dream this one up; I got this delish recipe from the stunning Jessica at How Sweet It Is blog.

3 hefty sweet potatoes

15 sage leaves

1 tablespoon grass-fed unsalted butter

1/3 milk OR chicken stock if you want to go dairy-free, as I did

4-5 slices peppercorn bacon

2 tablespoons good bourbon (might as well, cause you’re probably gonna sip a little too. Don’t lie to yourself.)

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Recipes.

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Recipes.

Peel your potatoes, cube those suckers, and throw them in a pot to boil. While they’re cooking, start the bacon.

{Bacon. God’s gift to humankind, really. It’s even in the Bible. Oh, it’s not? It’ll be in the sequel.}

Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to cool. Remove a tablespoon of the bacon fat and place in a bowl. Set aside. Add butter, and then toss in your sage leaves. You want to cook them until they’re crispy, a couple of minutes on each side. Remove those and place on a paper towel to cool.

At this point, your sweet potatoes are probably ready to drain and start mashing (20 or 30 minutes from starting). I use a hand masher, and while I was working on the sweet potatoes, I poured the bourbon into a pan with the bacon fat and let it simmer. Once the potatoes are whipped, add the chicken stock (or milk), bourbon and bacon fat, and the brown butter to the potatoes. Whip together again.

{At this point, “Friends in Low Places” should be playing and the scent of bacon and sweet potatoes will have you belting the alto harmony line. Or, wait, maybe it’s the bourbon…}

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Spread the potatoes in a casserole dish, and start crumbling bacon and sage all over the top. Don’t be afraid to add lots of layers if your dish is smaller than mine. Shower those potatoes with bacon & sage love.

 

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Filet Fondue Sliders

I also got this one from Miss Jess, but I modified the fondue. If you want a fancy fondue, check out her link!

2 (4 to 6 ounce) beef tenderloin filets (petit filet mignon)

1/2 cup sauvignon blanc or dry white wine

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

7 ounces Stilton blue cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella

2 cups spring mix

Slider buns (or fake it by trimming down hamburger buns)

My marinade was super simple: the filet in a Ziploc with balsamic vinegar early in the afternoon. The sliders were the last thing I cooked.

I melted the butter in a large saucepan first, then added the wine. Slowly, I started cutting up chunks of the Stilton blue and tossing in tablespoons of mozzarella and stirring.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a separate skillet. Add the filet, and sear on each side to your taste. I did it about three minutes on each side to get it medium rare. Place on a cutting board and set aside for about ten minutes; add any finishing touches to your fondue now, if needed.

Filet Fondue Slider. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Filet Fondue Slider. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Arrange slider buns on a plate. Slice meat at an angle (and sideways if needed) so that filet is 1/4 inch thick and the perfect fit for the slider bun. Drizzle fondue on top, drizzle a little more fondue, then top with spring mix.

Filet Fondue Sliders. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

Filet Fondue Sliders. Super Bowl Party Recipes.

What do YOU plan on doing for the Super Bowl? And just as importantly, who are you rooting for? I hope your Super Bowl soirees are every bit as fabulous as you are!

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—Brittnee Taylor Newman

  • Christina

    Oh my word! Every single one of these looks amazing. I’ve added the sweet potatoes to my menu for this week and will definitely be making the filet sliders for Sunday!

    • http://www.thedadgumdebutante.com/ brittneetaylor

      Thank you! Hope they turn out amazing!

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