Super Bowl Chow Down

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This Sunday, Super Bowl XLVII will kick off in New Orleans, with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers facing off.
Did you know that the Super Bowl is considered America’s second biggest eating fest and second only to Thanksgiving.  So get ready to make room for a day of serious eating.
According to the Snack Food Association, Americans double their average daily consumption of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday, consuming more than 33 million pounds of goodies in one day.
If you are contemplating your Super Bowl Menu and are tired of serving the usual chips and dip, then hop on over to SpiceMedley for something non-traditional.
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Indian Hot Dog / Garam Kuutaa (For those who know Hindi, the translation of English to Indian and
vice versa can sound very funny sometimes.)
Total Time: 8 minutes
Serving Size: 4 people
Ingredients:
  • 4 Hot Dogs of Your Choice ( I personally like to use Chorizo Sausages and/or Aidells Sun Dried Tomatoe Sausage)
  • 4 Hot Dog Buns
  • 1 Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Ketchup
  • Mint Chutney ( can be found at your Indian Store)
  • 3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 small bowl of crunchy Indian noodles called SEV ( can be found at your Indian Store)  Sev is a popular variety of Indian snack.  Sev is essentially small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste which is seasoned with various spices  before being deep-fried in oil.  They come in many sizes, try and get the ones that are very thin.  Also if you can’t find them then use Corn chips and crunch those up.
Directions
  • Grill or Boil Your Hot Dogs according to instructions.  Once cooked slice the Hot Dog Vertically in half so it’s split open.  I like to do this so that all the flavors get mixed in the sausage.
  • Lightly Warm the Hot Dog Buns
  • Fry the onions till they are translucent

Assemble your hot dog; 

  • 1. Place the Hot Dog on your bun.
  • 2. Add a few of the onions
  • 3. Add mint chutney as desired
  • 4. Add Ketchup as desired.  I like to use the Spicy Ketchup either buying it from the store and/or mixing Ketchup with Sriracha (Vietnamese Chili Sauce)
  • 5. Sprinkle a few green chilies on the sausage
  • 6. Add Sev at the top
  • 7. Close the Hot Dog Bun and you are ready to eat one flavorful Hot Dog.

Beer of your choice will always go with this dish and like my husband and father always say a beer or two is always good for your health.  I’m not sure about the good health part, so you can make that your choice on your own.

Baked Tandoori Paneer (Indian Cheese)Baked Paneer

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 6 people

Ingredients:

  • I 14oz pack of Nanak Paneer (Indian Cheese) (Found at your Ethnic Indian Store) ** You can also find this Paneer cut up in cubes. Do not buy the cheese that is already fried. I personally like to buy the full 14oz slab so I can cut it up in small cubes if I want or cut it in different shape.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tandoori Masala ( Any brand is fine, but I prefer Raja Brand Tandoori Masala)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Plain Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon of oil  ( If you spray the pan with a little olive oil then just use 1 tablespoon of oil)
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1 red or green bell pepper cut up in small pieces

Directions:

    • Cut the Paneer in small cubes sizes maybe 1″
    • Place the Paneer in a glass baking dish or a baking oven tray. If you use a baking tray then layer the tray first with Foil and then place the Paneer.  Make sure to spray the tray will olive oil before placing the Paneer.
    • Mix all ingredients with the Paneer and bell peppers and gently marinate. The Paneer should be coated with all the spices.  Be gentle when marinating because you don’t want to break the paneer.
    • Place in oven and broil for 10 minutes, and/or until slightly brown. After 5 minutes turn the paneer gently and the bell peppers and broil for the remaining 5 minutes.

Helpfull Tip

  • You can prepare and leave the marinate in the baking tray overnight and then 10 minutes before serving place it in the oven.
  • You can also add chunks of onions in this dish when baking.
  • To decorate the dish you can place the paneer in tooth picks with a mix of bell peppers.

BAKED CHICKEN BITES

Baked Chicken Bites
Total Time: 1 hour
Serving Size: 6 people
Ingredients:
  • 15 boneless chicken tenders cut up in small pieces.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tandoori Masala ( Any brand is fine, but I prefer Raja Brand Tandoori Masala)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Plain Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 2 red or green or yellow bell pepper cut up in small pieces
  • 1 red onion cut up in thick slices
Directions:
  • Place the Chicken in a glass baking dish or a baking oven tray. If you use a baking tray then layer the tray first with Foil and then place the chicken.
  • Add all ingredients except onions and bell peppers  in the chicken and gently marinate. The Chicken should be coated with all the spices.
  • Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes and/or until chicken is cooked. Oven should be set at 350 degree temperature.
  • The first 20 minutes cover the chicken with foil and bake. 
  • Remove tray and stir chicken and add onions and bell peppers, mix again and bake for another 20 minutes.
PAPADUMS & HOME MADE SALSA
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 6 peopleDSCN2430
Ingredients:
  • 6 Papadums
  • 2 Big tomatoes cut up in small pieces
  • 2 Medium size onions cut up in small pieces
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (more if desired)
  • 1/2  teaspoon of salt (more if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 Habanero Chili finely chopped ( choose another chili if Habanero is to spicy for your taste).
Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place in refrigerator and serve with Papadums.

*** Papdums can be bought at your nearest Indian/Ethnic Store. Papdums also come with different spice levels.  In the picture that I’ve show there are some papdums that are spicy and some that are not.   Most Papdums can be microwaved.  Place Papdums in microwave for a minute and/or until it’s cooked.

Best Way To Eat this Salsa.
  • Break the Papadums in small size pieces (chip size) and place a spoonful of salsa on the papadum and eat it. 

Enjoy and may the best team win!

About Sunita Bagai

I was born in Malawi Africa, grew up there and moved to the United States for my continuing education. I got my BA and Masters from Golden Gate University, in SF. I got married and moved to Virginia. I've been married 14 years and I have two beautiful daughters who make my life complete. I love to cook and now that both my girls are in school full time, and with my husband's enthusiastic support, I'm following my passion and am offering cooking classes to share my cooking ideas with the world.

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