Before we get to the food, here’s a bit of fun trivia about this years super bowl! Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers is a Chico, CA native. Yup, born and raised right here in my home town. Pretty cool considering how freaking hard it is to get in the NFL! So yes, we will be cheering on the Packers in hopes to see a hometown super star bring back the win.
Let’s start with 2 new recipe ideas that could be fun for Super Bowl Sunday
Garlic Studded Pork Loin
1 3 lb pork loin or two 1.5 lb pork loins (I used 2 pork loins)
12 garlic cloves
1 cup chicken broth
2 bay leaves
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 yellow onion, halved and sliced
5 celery stalks, cut into large chunks
4 small sweet potatoes, cut into 2 inch chunks
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Using a knife cut about 1/2 inch slits into your pork loin about 1 – 2 inches apart. Stuff a garlic clove into each slit. Sprinkle the pork loin with salt and pepper and rub the salt and pepper into the loin. In your pressure cooker, sear the loin in the coconut oil for 5 minutes on each side or until browned. If any garlic cloves fall out in the searing process just use tongs or a fork to put them back into place. Add the chicken stock to the pressure cooker, cover and bring to pressure. Cook for 15-18 minutes. Release the pressure and add the veggies to that pot. Cover and again, bring back to pressure and cook for another 8 minutes. Slice the pork loin and serve with the veggies. You can also make this in the slow cooker. Make sure you sear the loin before putting it in the slow cooker, add the veggies in with the meat and the chicken broth and cook all day on low for 7-8 hours. This would be good to start on Saturday night so it’s ready on Sunday morning!
Meatballs Too Tasty for Super Bowl Sunday
1.5 lbs ground beef
½ cup dried unsweetened cherries, finely diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup diced cilantro
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ tablespoon Garam Masala
Dash or two of cayenne pepper
Black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 can coconut milk
5 green onions, diced
1 ½ teaspoons Garam Masala
½ teaspoon sea salt
Pan drippings from meatballs
Using your hands mix together the meatball ingredients except for the coconut oil. In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Make sure the pan is nice and hot before you start adding your meatballs. Once the oil is hot, form golf ball size meatballs and add to the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown. Remove the meatballs and set aside. To the pan drippings add the tomato paste, onions, and spices and using your whisk, blend these ingredients together with the pan drippings. Slowly add the coconut milk, whisking as you pour. Once the sauce is well mixed, bring to a simmer and let it cook for 3 minutes. Add the meatballs back to the sauce, cover the pan and cook for three minutes. Turn the meatballs over so that they are coated with sauce, cover and cook for another 3 minutes. Serve with a few diced green onions on top. Delicious!!!!
Here are some more options for you Sunday feast. First lets start with what I made last year. My bean-less chili is really satisfyingly good and a great game day meal!
Everyone loves chips and dip on game day so my plantain chips and guacamole is a perfect sub – you can also dip cut up veggies in the guac as well!! Also included in this post is a recipe for shrimp tacos and sweet potato fries – all great party food!
I’ve never made these before but a friend suggested a recipe for Zucchini Sticks, which everyone loves: Dip the sliced zucchini in egg whites and next dip in almond meal seasoned with garlic, parsley salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes with a drizzle of coconut oil and dip in marinara sauce. Not entirely sure on the bake time so you may have to play with this one. Again, these have not been tested yet by me but sound very tasty!
Don’t forget my Shrimp Loves Coconut recipe – so yummy and total party food! While you are checking out this recipe, take a minute to read the blog post too – a great reminder to keep things in perspective.
Finally – my Dry Rub Burgers are pretty darn good if I say so myself and burgers are always a hit on game day!
I hope this gives you all some ideas for a fun-filled and food-filled weekend!
As always, Enjoy!!